The title of this post is a line from the Jackson Browne song “My Opening Farewell,” the final track on his 1972 debut release, “Saturate before Using”. Aside from being a beautiful song, these words have always spoken to me in ways I am still discovering.
These words were particularly poignant for the 1972 version of me. I was just beginning to grasp the tenuous and fleeting nature of our relationships with each other. These words rang so true in so many relationships then. They inform me in relationships to this day. No one is forever. You’ll soon be gone, and that’s just as well.
This. This is how so many of us move away from each other. These words still bring a tear to my eye. But that’s just as well. I hope they resonate with you as well.
Daylight loses to another evening
And still she spares me the word good-bye
And sits along beside me fighting her feelings
Struggles to speak, but in the end, can only cry
Suddenly, it’s so hard to find
The sound of the words to speak her troubled mind
So I’m offering these to her as if to be kind
There’s a train every day leaving either way
There’s a world, you know, there’s a way to go
And you’ll soon be gone, that’s just as well
This is my opening farewell
And another version from the inimitable Bonnie Raitt.