Created By: ThisIsAUsername on December 17, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on November 24, 2015

Goodbye Song

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Quite a few children's shows have a song that is sung at the end of every episode.


  • "I Love You" from ''Barney is probably the most famous example.
  • Other examples are "Bing Bang" from LazyTown.
  • The song in Blue's Clues that begins with "Now it's time for so long" (They later changed it to a different song).

Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • December 17, 2012
    This Need A Better Description, and the examples need to be organized a little bit, but I can see where this trope is going.

  • December 17, 2012
  • December 18, 2012
    Now it's time to say goodbye
    To all our company
    M-I-C, See you real soon
    K-E-Y, Why? Because we like you
  • December 18, 2012
    Mister Rogers Neighborhood:
    It's such a good feeling to know you're alive
    It's a such happy feeling You're growing inside
    And when you wake up ready to say I think I'll make a snappy new day
    It's such a good feeling A very good feeling
    The feeling you know that
    I'll be back When the day is new ["week" for Friday episodes]
    And I'll have more ideas for you
    And you'll have things you'll want to talk about
    I will, too.
  • December 18, 2012
    Does this only apply to the end of a tv episode? If not:

  • December 18, 2012
    It also shows up on variety shows. Sha Na Na sang "Goodnight Sweetheart" at the end of every show. Donny and Marie ended each of their shows with a song, but I'm not sure what it's title was.
  • December 18, 2012
    Live Action Television

    Bear in The Big Blue House features a song at the end of the show's episodes where Bear and Luna sing a song about saying goodbye.
    Goodbye, goodbye, good friends, goodbye
  • December 18, 2012
    • Sonny And Cher sang "I Got You Babe" at the end of each episode of their variety show.
    • Carol sings "I'm So Glad We Had this Time Together" at the end of every episode of The Carol Burnett Show
  • December 19, 2012
  • December 21, 2012
    Guys, the trope description is about songs that are sung at the end of tv programmes, not songs on the subject of goodbyes.
  • October 13, 2014
    ^ A trope like that would probably get more examples, though.
  • October 14, 2014
    Frasier has a non children's show example.
  • October 14, 2014
    ^^^ so... soft split or hard split?
  • October 14, 2014
  • October 14, 2014
    The name is indeed confusing. A lot of songs about saying goodbye or farewell would fit this trope.

    • The Dutch Sinterklaas song Dag Sinterkaasje is sung traditionally when Sinterklaas has to leave after his visit to little children or when the Sinterklaas festivities are over. On compilations with Sinterklaas songs it will always be the final track.
    • Last Goodbye - Jeff Buckley
    • We'll Be Back Soon - From the musical Oliver!
    • We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn

    If the trope only wants to be in the context of a TV show, it should emphasize this in the title. Also, most TV shows who have a goodbye song are actually more See you again next time than actual goodbye songs.

    Some more examples:

    Live Action
    • Bassie En Adriaan: Each show had a opening song and closing song with the same melody, but different lyrics. The opening song would welcome the young viewers and the closing song would tell them it was time to say goodbye, but they should tune in next week.
    • Spitting Image: Spoofed in one episode featuring politicians David Owen and David Steele, singing Now Is The Time To Say Goodbye in black-and-white at a piano, after losing the elections.
  • October 14, 2014
    Other suggestion for title: Audience Salute Song, because that way we can also address radio shows and music concerts who have an encore at the end of their shows.

    An attempt at an introduction: In order to create a sense of unity between the creator and his audience and/or between all the fans a song may be used as an Every Episode Ending. Often the presenter will address the fun they had for that episode, but emphasize that now it's time to conclude the episode and say goodbye to everybody. As a spark of hope they'll be informed to tune in next week.
  • October 15, 2014
    • Created Examples section.
  • October 15, 2014
    This was extremely common for variety shows.

    • Donnie And Marie: "She's a little bit country, He's a little bit Rock and Roll" would begin their closing sequence following by another goodbye song. In a way, they had two goodbye songs but they sung them back to back so that they were like one.

    If we don't exclude songs about goodbye, this trope will swell with examples of breakup songs and other songs that will overwhelm the trope.
  • October 15, 2014
    ^ that's why a split is needed.
  • October 15, 2014
    • The UK Sesame Street Spin Off The Furchester Hotel has "Don't Check Out", in which the monsters plead with the viewer not to leave.
  • October 15, 2014
    • The Producers ended with the song "Goodbye!", in which the cast told the audience that the show is over, so get lost!
  • October 15, 2014

    • Out of the Box had "Goodbye Song":
      Goodbye, so long, to you my friends.
      Goodbye, for now, until we meet again.
  • October 16, 2014
    • Hello Dolly: "So Long Dearie".
      Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye,
      Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye!
      [spoken] Don't try to stop me Horace, please
      [sung] Wave your little hand and whisper so long dearie
      You ain't gonna see me anymore
      And when you discover that your life is dreary
      Don't you come a knockin' at my door
      'Cause I'll be all dolled up and singin' that song
      That says you dog, I told you so
      So wave your little hand and whisper so long dearie
      Dearie should have said so long so long ago!
  • October 16, 2014
    • Portal2 has the ending song "Want You Gone".
  • November 24, 2015
  • November 24, 2015
    • Aqua has a song called Goodbye to the circus. It's all about the show being over and them wishing goodbye.
  • November 24, 2015
    So how should this trope be managed? How would we define this?