Seasons in the Sun

Terry Jacks

About Seasons in the Sun

"Seasons in the Sun" is an English-language adaptation of the song "Le Moribond" by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel with lyrics rewritten by American singer-poet Rod McKuen. It became a worldwide hit in 1974 for Canadian singer Terry Jacks and became a Christmas number one in the UK in 1999 for Westlife.


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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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Terry Jacks

Terrence Ross "Terry" Jacks (born March 29, 1944, Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and environmentalist. more »

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Written by: Jacques Brel, Rod Mckuen

Lyrics © CARLIN AMERICA INC, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Original Song Creation
"Seasons in the Sun" was originally a French song named "Le Moribond" which translates as "The Dying Man". It was written and performed by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel in 1961.
Composer and Lyricist
The primary composer of the song was Jacques Brel, while the English lyrics were written by singer/songwriter/producer Rod McKuen.
Hit Cover Version
The song gained worldwide recognition when Canadian artist Terry Jacks covered it in 1974. This version spent three weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became one of the biggest-selling Canadian singles of all times.
Theme of the Song
The song is often interpreted as a farewell to life, with the lyrics addressing friends and loved ones of the narrator who is facing imminent death.
Differences in Versions
The original French version presented a somewhat cynical view towards life and death, while the English adaptation by Terry Jacks presented a more uplifting and romanticized perspective of bidding goodbye.
Chart Success
Terry Jacks' version also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. It was the highest selling single in the UK for 1974.
Massive Sales
The hit cover by Terry Jacks sold over 14 million copies worldwide, quickly become a pop music standard.
Grammy Nomination
Terry Jacks' rendition was nominated for two Grammy awards in 1974, for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year.
Cover Versions
This song has been covered by a variety of artists globally, including Westlife, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, and Taiwanese singer Fei Yu-Ching.
Uniqueness
"Seasons in the Sun" is somewhat unique for its time due to its morbid theme, contrasting with most pop songs of the period.

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