"Bye Bye Love," written by Rick Ocasek, is the seventh track from their debut album The Cars. Benjamin Orr does the lead vocals here - he and Ocasek shared lead vocal duties in the group.
"Bye Bye Love" is not at all to be confused with the song of the same title by The Everly Brothers (and covered by Ray Charles, Simon & Garfunkel, and others). The Everly Brothers song implies a comma: "Bye Bye, Love" where The Cars is: "Bye, Bye Love." Of course, the lyrics and arrangement are completely different as well.
This song has been used in the HBO TV series Big Love, where it was chosen for having an '80s sound. Since the song was written and released in 1978, that tells you how far The Cars were looking ahead.
In Frank Moriarty's Seventies Rock - The Decade of Creative Chaos, it is noted that "The clever melding of disparate elements that characterized 1978's The Cars led to an astonishing success for the band, chiefly because the stodgy album-oriented radio stations - which had in large part attempted to ignore punk and New Wave - finally were confronted with new music that they couldn't help but play."
Note also that in April of 1978, four of the top five singles currently parked on the charts were by the Bee Gees. America had Saturday Night Fever and there seemed to be no cure, so getting something not-disco on the charts at all was a spectacular achievement.
Tim from ClarkdaleI know this is going to sound cliche but it this song reminds me of doing drugs, acid in particular. Especially the first two stanzas. I mean, it's true that I did drugs during this time period, but I still think there may be drug influence on the lyrics. I am wondering, Does anyone agree with me? Great song btw, One of my favorites.
Camille from Toronto, OhOh, and I'm surprised to see this song came out in 1978. I surely thought it didn't make an appearance until the MTV generation began in 1981.
Camille from Toronto, OhLove the song and vocals. I always thought the words were "It's orange-ade sky" and see now that the word was "orangy", pretty close but still not a word I've ever heard in any other song. I love the delivery of the song. The verses are sung intensely, while the chorus switches to a more abstract approach, just like a guy whose attention is distracted by looking up at the orangy sky. I think he's in love with a woman who keeps stringing him along. She has no intention of ever really being with him, and he's finally realizing that it's pointless to love her when she always with someone else. So he's giving her the big shove-off. Bye, bye love.
Eb from Fl Keys, FlI took a long break from secular music when I became a Christian. When I got back to it a bit, the Cars are one of the bands that I really appreciated musically, that I kind of tended to have overlooked and took for granted before. I really enjoy the poetry of the lyrics in "Bye Bye Love." Great, great song.
Steve from Chino Hills, CaThe Cars used a lot of abstract lyrics in their earlier albums. This song sounds like it's a break up song with hints of two timing. Great use of visualization of colors. A lot of the 70's music seemed to be geared more toward the sound than the lyrics. Bye, Bye Love doesn't make any great statements, but it did rock hard and moved the album toward the final number "All Mixed Up." I believe the Cars kept Bye, Bye Love very tight. Greg Hawkes kept the keyboard interesting without being annoying. Elliot Easton had a strong riff. It has a hard, destinctive sound that didn't escape the scope of the song and the song was neither too sort or too long.