Goodbye Girl

Album: Cool For Cats (1979)
Charted: 63

Songfacts®:

  • There were both UK and US versions of this song, mainly because a lot of the items mentioned in the lyrics were in British English, something that may have kept Squeeze from duplicating their UK success in the States. For example, in the lyrics "Sunlight on the lino," Lino is short for linoleum, a type of floor covering. The line, "My wife has moved to Guernsey" (UK version) was changed to "My wife has moved to Boston" for the US release. Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands owned by Britain just off of the North coast of France. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jon - Bridport, United Kingdom
  • In the book Squeeze: Song by Song, Glenn Tilbrook explains: "Gilson (Lavis)' influence in the arrangement was massive, not bringing the drums in until the third verse. Gilson had four percussion parts that he overdubbed one after the other that went throughout the song. It had a jolly tune, which later to my horror someone pointed out sounded like The Muppets theme tune.

    Chris Difford added: "Gilson constructed a washing line of bottles and bits of metal and tin and played them instead of a drum kit. It was a very inventive thing to do, slightly surreal, but it worked a treat. Our trademark octave apart vocal is all over it."

Comments: 2

  • Richard Trepsas from San Diego, CaliforniaI love this song, I always have, ever since I heard it not in 1978 when it was released or maybe 79 in USA but about half a decade later. Great tune, love the melody and the vocal harmonies as well as the instrumentation. Thanks to the Internet, just now October 2, 2020, I got a hold of the actual lyrics. Actually just now I was watching a program on PBS, public broadcasting system called “A-to-Z: how writing changed the world”. Going back in time to Papyrus being used in ancient Rome, the narrator was describing a “lintel” which is an architectural feature around a doorway, I guess. This instantly brought to mind my decades of trying to understand the lyric “”the sun upon the lino”, I thought that was some kind of a window pane or other feature of a room. Only just now by looking it up and finding the lyrics that I understand that Lino means linoleum floor. Brilliant lyrics by Chris Difford!
  • Zabadak from London, EnglandThis was one of a short series of singles by the band named after films, including "Cool For Cats" and "Up The Junction".
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