Lyrics to
Never Been Gone

Released by Carly Simon in 1979
From the Album: Spy |

This version of Never Been Gone was released by Carly Simon in 1979.

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The wind is coming up strong and fast
And the moon is smiling on me
Miles from nowhere so small at last
In between the sky and the sea

I’m bound for the island
The tide is with me
I think I can make it before dawn
It’s night on the ocean
I’m going home
And it feels like I’ve never
I’ve never been gone

Seagulls cry and the hills are green
And my friends are waiting for me
Freat ambition is all a dream
Let me drown my pride in the sea –

I’m bound for the ocean
The tide is with me
I think I can make it by dawn
It’s night on the ocean
I’m going home
And it feels like I’ve never
I’ve never been gone
Oh it feels like I’ve never
I’ve never been gone


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Carly Simon has released many songs over the years besides Never Been Gone. Carly Simon released songs from 1971 to 2008 spanning across albums like Carly Simon, Anticipation, No Secrets, Hotcakes, Playing Possum, Another Passenger, Boys In The Trees, Spy, Come Upstairs, Torch, Hello Big Man, Spoiled Girl, Coming Around Again, Working Girl, Have You Seen Me Lately, My Romance, This Is My Life, Letters Never Sent, Film Noir, The Bedroom Tapes, Piglet's Big Movie, Christmas Is Almost Here Again, Moonlight Serenade, Into White, and This Kind Of Love. Decade Lyrics has over lyrics & songs by Carly Simon.

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About Lyrics and Never Been Gone by Carly Simon

When you decide to study the lyrics to Never Been Gone, you're looking at the words, verses and background chorus from the 1979 song by Carly Simon. Some of the lyrics to Never Been Gone have clear meanings and some contain metaphorical references. Like most songs, only Carly Simon and their collaborators know the full story behind any of the their songs.

You can understand the lyrics to Never Been Gone if you take apart the structure of the words. The word "lyric" itself derives from the Latin word lyricus, with the actual English word lyrics applied to the definition "words set to music" listed in Stainer and Barrett's 1876 Dictionary of Musical Terms. Continuing the chain, the Latin word lyricus derives from the Greek word λυρικός or lyrikós. This somewhat means "poetry accompanied by the lyre" or "words set to music." You can easily see that by looking at the background of the word lyric, that the "lyrics to Never Been Gone" means the words set to the music of Never Been Gone, or poetry accompanied by the lyre played by Carly Simon. The singular form "lyric" is still used to mean the complete words to a song. However, the singular form lyric is also commonly used to refer to a specific line (or phrase) within a song's lyrics. Hence, by this analysis of word structure, you could say that the lyric to Never Been Gone and the lyrics to Never Been Gone are both one and the same thing. None of this talk about the word Lyrics is really relevant to fans of Carly Simon who came here looking just for the lyrics to Never Been Gone, but we feel it is still fun to learn what's behind commonly used words and lyrics in songs.

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