Bye Bye

Album: E=MC2 (2008)
Charted: 30 19

Songfacts®:

  • This song is loosely based around Mariah Carey's loss of her own father, Alfred Roy, who died of cancer in 2002.
  • This was co-produced by Norwegian production team Stargate and co-written by Johnta Austin, one of the writers behind Carey's 2005 smash hit "We Belong Together."
  • Carey: "Sometimes when I'm writing a song like 'Bye Bye,' it does come from such a raw place that I'm like, I'm actually crying while writing it, or thinking about it. But sometimes I will hear it and go 'I feel like this is gonna touch a lot of people.' And that's why it's important, that no matter what's ever happened to me throughout my career, that I stay the course and continue to write and try and reach people who need it, because I know that I'm one of those people. When someone does that and they write something that touches me, I'm like indebted to them forever."

Comments: 10

  • Nene from Brazoria, TxI lost my aunt in 2012, 2 cousins Mark and Lewis and my mom in 2015 back to back and this song helps me get through the rough times because it's hard knowing they're not here.
  • Cierra from Oklahoma I lost my granddaddy in 2014, right after my cheer team just won first place.
  • Trevino from Valdosta, GaThis song reminds me of my sister who passed in the 1996. I really miss her sometimes.
  • Dannette from New York , NyI lost my grandma, so when I listen to this song I start crying. RIP Grandma Joyceana
  • Rafael from Nampa 208, Idi lost my bro and my grandma in the same year this song helped me though it
  • Kayla from St. Paul, MnThis song is the best.. I created a forward for people to pass on.
  • Reza from Shiraz, Iranshe is back on top again atta girl
  • Anna from Suffolk, Vaat the very beginning of this song, it sounds a bit like an ultrasound sort of noise playing. this is a very touching song because i myself miscarried in may 2007. good job, mariah.
  • Desiree from San Jacinto, Cathis means so much to me 4 reals (r.i.p)chirs mendoza 1978-2008i♥him so much
  • Nia from Townsville, Qld, Australiamariah carey is the bomb

    this song means so much it reminds me of my grandmas

    R.I.P
see more comments

Editor's Picks

La La Brooks of The Crystals

La La Brooks of The CrystalsSong Writing

The lead singer on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me," La La explains how and why Phil Spector replaced The Crystals with Darlene Love on "He's A Rebel."

"Private Eyes" - The Story Behind the Song

"Private Eyes" - The Story Behind the SongSong Writing

How a goofy detective movie, a disenchanted director and an unlikely songwriter led to one of the biggest hits in pop history.

Annie Haslam of Renaissance

Annie Haslam of RenaissanceSongwriter Interviews

The 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. In this talk, she covers Roy Wood, the history of the band, and where all the money went in the '70s.

Dan Reed

Dan ReedSongwriter Interviews

Dan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.

Alice Cooper

Alice CooperFact or Fiction

How well do you know this shock-rock harbinger who's been publicly executed hundreds of times?

Dar Williams

Dar WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.