Music Monday: “Baby Blue” by Badfinger – The Final Song in BREAKING BAD
Every Monday, we highlight one song that you may not have heard of, may not have heard in ages, or one that we just can’t seem to get out of our heads. Enjoy!
I’m still recovering from last night’s fantastic Breaking Bad finale. If you haven’t seen it yet, just stop reading now because I will touch on some BIG SPOILERS ahead.
The song “Baby Blue” was originally written to describe a lady love, but with its use on Breaking Bad, it’s a fitting farewell for Walter White and how his love of that blue meth brought about his downfall. As he’s lying on the floor of Todd & the Nazis meth lab, slowly dying from a bullet wound, the song chords come in and build in volume just as the police come in to find his body.
Walter White was always meant to die at the end of this story. I thought it would be from the lung cancer that kicked off this whole chain of events, but in the end he gets a faster, more dignified end. Instead of withering away in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, or in custody, he got one last visit in with Skylar and Holly, and managed to find a way to give Walt Jr. the money that he worked so hard to earn. Instead of dying slowly and possibly publicly, he’s found dead in a meth lab and will forever be the infamous Heisenberg. As someone who famously exclaimed “I”m in the empire business”, I think that’s something Walter White would be very happy with.
Nearly all the I’s were dotted and T’s crossed so the show very neatly wrapped up most of its loose ends. This was very linear show and based in the real world, so it’s very satisfying to see a clear resolution. This isn’t LOST, where there were some out-of-this-world and unexplained mysteries every week, this is the story of a man and his mission.
So, with one last fitting song, we say goodbye to Breaking Bad. With such a solid ending, it’s officially one of the greats now.
Listen to “Baby Blue” by Badfinger:
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“Baby Blue” by Badfinger Lyrics:
Guess I got what I deserved
Kept you waiting there too long, my love
All that time without a word
Didn’t know you’d think that I’d forget or I’d regret
The special love I had for you, my baby blue
All the days became so long
Did you really think, I’d do you wrong?
Dixie, when I let you go
Thought you’d realize that I would know
I would show the special love I have for you, my baby blue
What can I do, what can I say
Except I want you by my side
How can I show you, show me the way
Don’t you know the times I’ve tried?
[guitar solo (Joey Molland)]
Guess that’s all I have to say
Except the feeling just grows stronger every day
Just one thing before I go
Take good care, baby, let me know, let it grow
The special love you have for me, my Dixie, dear.