Top Tune – January 2013

Esther Phillips – Just Say Goodbye (1966)

 
Just Say Goodbye Lyrics

I can’t forget the night you told me that you loved me
The stars were shining so bright
How could I constantly resist you when you’re lips were sweet
And your arms held me tight

You said you’d give me your heart
But you just lied to me from the start
Won’t you please, please stop pretending
And just say goodbye

No, I won’t sigh and I won’t cry
You’re not my guy, just say goodbye

I can’t forget how soft you’re voice was when you told me
You needed my sweet caress
And when you begged me for my love I though at last I found
My whole life’s happiness

You said you’d give me your heart
But you just lied to me from the start
Won’t you please, please stop pretending
And just say goodbye

No, I won’t sigh and I won’t cry
You’re not my guy, just say goodbye, just say goodbye
You’re not my guy, so just say goodbye

Random Fact: One of her biggest post-1950s triumphs was in 1972 with her first album for Kudu Records. The song penned by Gil Scott-Heron, “Home Is Where the Hatred Is,” – an account of drug use — was lead track on From a Whisper to a Scream which went on to be nominated for a Grammy Award. When Phillips lost to Aretha Franklin, the latter presented the trophy to Phillips, saying she should have won it instead.

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