Song of the Day #1,909: ‘Baby Blue’ – Badfinger

breaking_bad_baby_blue_badfingerSpeaking of the Breaking Bad finale, here’s the song that creator Vince Gilligan chose to wrap the whole thing up.

The opening line, “Guess I got what I deserve,” could certainly be debated when it comes to the show’s antihero, Walter White. I’ve read arguments that Walt got off too easy in the end.

But I imagine it was another line that drew Gilligan to this song: “The special love I have for you, my Baby Blue.” It was, after all, Walter’s signature blue meth that brought him all the glory and tragedy that unfolded over five amazing seasons.

The more I’ve let the finale sink in, the more I find it a perfect ending to a perfect series. Gilligan elegantly provided closure to every major character — for better or worse — and appropriately let Walt be the architect of his own fate.

The finale was clever, sad, exciting and most of all satisfying — everything the show has been all along.

It’s silly to put it this way, but finishing a work of art — especially something long-term like a book or a TV series — is like losing a friend. I’ll miss this show like crazy, more than anything else I’ve ever seen.

Guess I got what I deserve
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 have 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 that I want you by my side
How can I show, you, show me a way
Don’t you know, the times I tried
Guess that’s all I have to say
Except the feeling just gets stronger, everyday
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


4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,909: ‘Baby Blue’ – Badfinger

  1. Dana says:

    Well, if you love the show so much, why don’t you marry it?😄

    I must confess that, at a certain point, the cult-like adoration and obsessive praise for this show turns me off such that a part of me is glad/proud to have missed the bandwagon.

    You may miss the show, but I won’t miss the Facebook and blog posts about it. Can we move on now?

  2. Clay says:

    I’m sorry, the Facebook and blog posts will continue unabated, even with nothing new to inform them!! It will never stop!

    I can appreciate the plight of the uninitiated. I know I’ve been on the other side of the fence on shows like The Sopranos and Homeland. But at the same time, I know that hype comes from a genuine place of pure enjoyment and immersion and I can’t really look down on that.

    I remember when Friday Night Lights was endlessly praised (not at the level of Breaking Bad this season, by any means, but on the Web and in the magazines I read) and I was kind of sick of it. But when I watched the first episode, I joined the chorus.

    Of course, there are only so many choruses one can join.

  3. pegclifton says:

    I will miss the blogs and Facebooks posts; so please don’t “move on” 🙂

  4. Amy says:

    The Government class at my school creates a “haunted house” each year (with various academic thematic links) – this year one of their rooms is going to be a Breaking Bad haunted house. Want to come? 🙂

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