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26 Songs About Leaving Someone: Your Walking Away Playlist

A man listening to songs about leaving someone as he walks into the sunset and away from a bad relationship.

When I think of leaving someone, it’s often the scene from Ernest Hemingway’s short story “End of Something” that comes to mind. In it a boy Nick is calling things off with his girlfriend Marjorie, and he says to her simply and sadly, “It isn’t fun any more. It isn’t fun anymore. Not any of it.” To which she replies, “Isn’t love any fun?”

“No,” he says.

Ouch. It’s a harsh way to say goodbye, but sometimes at the end of something there isn’t anything else to say but the truth. There are a lot of ways to leave someone (according to Paul Simon there must be 50) and lot of different ways to feel about it. Sometimes you’re left feeling empowered and strong, others times your parting is sad and lonely, and then there are those bittersweet goodbyes—the ones that leave you feeling hopeful for the future but sad for what was lost.

If you’re looking to leave someone behind (or if you already have) and you need a soundtrack to make walking away a little easier, I’ve put one together one for you here. From the loud blues songs that say goodbye and good riddance to the soft melancholy ballads filled with bittersweet reflections, there are a variety of leaving songs to play while you’re on your way. Explore the songs below or checkout the entire Songs About Leaving Someone playlist on Spotify to listen to them all.

1. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You, Led Zeppelin

Favorite Lyrics:
Babe, I’m gonna leave you
Oh, baby, you know, I’ve really got to leave you
Oh I can hear it callin ‘me
I said don’t you hear it callin’ me the way it used to do?

2. I’ll Follow the Sun, The Beatles

Favorite Lyrics:
And now the time has come
And so, my love, I must go
And though I lose a friend
In the end you will know

3. These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, Nancy Sinatra

Favorite Lyrics:
You keep lyin’ when you oughta be truthin’
You keep losing when you oughta not bet
You keep samin’ when you oughta be a’changin’
Now what’s right is right but you ain’t been right yet

4. Walk Away, Ben Harper

Favorite Lyrics:
It’s so hard to do
And so easy to say
But sometimes, sometimes you just have to walk away.

5. Walking to New Orleans, Fats Domino

Favorite Lyrics:
You used to be my honey
Till you spent all my money
No use for you to cry
I’ll see you by and by

6. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Paul Simon

Favorite Lyrics:
You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

7. Farewell Angelina, Bob Dylan

Favorite Lyrics:
There’s no need for anger, there’s no need for blame
There’s nothing to prove, everything’s still the same
Just a table standing empty by the edge of the sea
Means farewell, Angelina, the sky is trembling and I must leave

8. Just a Song Before I Go, Crosby, Stills & Nash

Favorite Lyrics:
Just a song before I go,
A lesson to be learned
Traveling twice the speed of sound
It’s easy to get burned

9. That’s It, I Quit, I’m Moving On, Sam Cooke

Favorite Lyrics:
Yeah, that’s it
Baby, I quit, I’m moving on

10. Maybe You’re Right, Miley Cyrus

Favorite Lyrics:
You might think I’m crazy
That I’m lost and foolish
Leaving you behind
Maybe you’re right

11. Easier to Walk Away, Elton John

Favorite Lyrics:
It’s easier to walk away
Better off to face the facts
When love holds you up for ransom
Walk away and don’t look back

12. Bite the Bullet, Motörhead

Favorite Lyrics:
Stepping out, I’m leaving here
No use crying, crying in my beer
Enough’s enough, believe it’s true
Bite the bullet, I’m leaving you

13. Leaving U 4 the Groove, LMFAO

Favorite Lyrics:
Baby we need to talk
You know, you know our relationship ain’t really been going right
I don’t really know how to tell you this but
I’m leaving you for the groove

14. Diving, Sneaker Pimps

Favorite Lyrics:
Leaving you became arriving
Falling down became diving

15. I’m Leaving You Now, Lightnin’ Hopkins

Favorite Lyrics:
I tried anything I could to get along with you
You don’t mean me no good
No, I’m through

16. Leaving You, Bad Company

Favorite Lyrics:
You loved me and you made me what I am today
You loved me and you gave in every single way
You loved me and you gave it all so tenderly
You loved me and I’m a telling you now on bended knee
I’m a leavin’ you baby

17. I’m Leaving You Baby, Junior Kimbrough

Favorite Lyrics:

Well, I’m leaving, I’m leaving
I’m leaving you baby
Oh, girl, then I’m going away

18. I’m Leaving You, Electric Light Orchestra

Favorite Lyrics:
You’re leaving me, you’re leaving me
But just before you go, there’s something you should know
I’ve found somebody new, and I’m leaving you

19. I’m Leaving You Again, New Edition

Favorite Lyrics:
Girl, I’m leaving you again
And I thought I’ll tell you when.
I know how you must feel,
But if you’re love’s for real.
You’ll try to understand
That I’m in popular demand.

20. I’m Leaving You (Commit a Crime), Stevie Ray Vaughn

Favorite Lyrics:
I’m leavin’ you woman, before I commit a crime
You the evilest woman, I think ever crossed my mind

21. Leaving the Table, Leonard Cohen

Favorite Lyrics:
You don’t need a lawyer
I’m not making a claim
You don’t need to surrender
I’m not taking aim
I don’t need a lover, no, no, no
The wretched beast is tame
I don’t need a lover
So blow out the flame

22. I’ve Been a Long Time Leaving (But I’ll Be a Long Time Gone), Waylon Jennings

Favorite Lyrics:
Hello high line, hello highway
Here come a big old semi my way
Stick up my thumb, hear the truck come
Trees goin’ by, lookin’ like a fly
On the big legs are my Levi’s

23. Leaving Trunk, Taj Mahal

Favorite Lyrics:

I went upstairs to pack my leavin’ trunk, you know
I ain’t see no blues or whiskey made me sloppy drunk
I ain’t never seen no whiskey, the blues made me sloppy drunk
I go home baby and I lay down on the lawn

24. Leaving New York, R.E.M.

Favorite Lyrics:
You might’ve laughed if I told you
You might have hidden your frown
You might’ve succeeded in changing me
I might’ve been turned around
It’s easier to leave than to be left behind
Leaving was never my proud
Leaving New York never easy
I saw the light fading out

25. As I’m Leaving, David Grey

Favorite Lyrics:
And I’m almost
Through the water
Through the rain
To the soul of everything
Wash my heart out on the stones
And I’m almost gone

26. I Will Always Love You, Dolly Parton

Favorite Lyrics:
Bittersweet memories
That is all I’m taking with me
So good-bye
Please don’t cry
We both know I’m not what you need

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