Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks

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‘Seasons In The Sun’ was originally a French song called ‘Le Moribund” (the dying man). It was translated to English and released by a band called The Kingston Trio.

The original French version was about an old man who was dying of a broken heart and he was saying goodbye to his priest and his best friend and his wife, who cheated on him. Her name was Francoise, and it went, ‘Adieu, Francoise, my trusted wife, without you I’d have had a lonely life. You cheated lots of times but then I forgave you in the end, though your lover was my friend.”

Terry Jacks’ inspiration for re-working the song was a good friend of his that had leukemia and had 6 months to live.

“He was gone in four months,” Jacks told us. “He was a very good friend of mine, one of my best friends, and he said I was the first one that he told. I remembered this song of an old man dying of a broken heart, and I liked some of the melody and there was something there. I rewrote the song about him.”

Source: SongFacts

Lyrics

Goodbye to you my trusted friend
We’ve known each other since we were nine or ten
Together we’ve climbed hills and trees
Learned of love and ABC’s
Skinned our hearts and skinned our knees
Goodbye my friend it’s hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that spring is in the air
Pretty girls are everywhere
Think of me and I’ll be there
We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time
Goodbye Papa please pray for me
I was the black sheep of the family
You tried to teach me right from wrong
Too much wine and too much song
Wonder how I got along 
Goodbye Papa it’s hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
Little children everywhere
 When you see them, I’ll be there
We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons have all gone
We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons have all gone
Goodbye Michelle my little one
You gave me love and helped me find the sun
And every time that I was down
You would always come around
And get my feet back on the ground
Goodbye Michelle it’s hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
With the flowers everywhere
I wish that we could both be there
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Songwriters: Jacques Brel / Rod Mckuen
Seasons in the Sun lyrics © O/B/O Apra Amcos