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"Goodbye May Seem Forever" is a song featured in the 1981 Disney animated film The Fox and the Hound. It is sung by Jeanette Nolan with music by Richard Rich and lyrics by Jeffrey Patch. It also shows the sadness in the scene in which Widow Tweed abandons Tod in the woods in order to protect him from being shot by Amos Slade.

Context

Following the scene in which Amos Slade vows to kill Tod out of revenge for causing Chief to get hit by a train, Widow Tweed reluctantly realizes that she has no choice but to give Tod up and take him back to the forest from where he came. She does this against better judgement, as she has taken care of Tod since she first found him after he was orphaned as a kit following his mother's death. She sings this song as she recalls the first time she found him not that long ago, after he was abandoned by his mother right before she was shot by a hunter. She recalls how much he needed her, and that, yet from his sadness, is where they became happy together, and that she needed him as well. She remembers all the times they would play together, and be by the fire during the rainy days. But at last, she can no longer be with him, because he has to return to the wild for his own safety. But she will always remember him in her heart.

Lyrics

Widow Tweed (spoken):
We met, it seems, such a short time ago
You looked at me
Needing me so
Yet from your sadness, our happiness grew
And I found out, I needed you too

I remember how we used to play
I recall those rainy days
The fire's glow, that kept us warm
And now I find
We're both alone

Goodbye may seem forever
Farewell is like the end
But in my heart's a memory
And there, you'll always be

Chorus:
Goodbye may seem forever
Farewell is like the end
But in my heart's a memory
And there, you'll always be

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The fox and the hound logo
Media
Films: The Fox and the HoundThe Fox and the Hound 2House of MouseVideo

Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingDisney Read-Along
Music: The Fox and the Hound

Disney Parks
Main Street Electrical Parade
Characters
The Fox and the Hound: TodCopperBig MamaDinky and BoomerSqueaksWidow TweedAmos SladeChiefAbigailMr. DiggerPorcupineVixeyBearTod's mother
The Fox and the Hound 2: CashDixieWaylon and FloydGranny RoseLyle SnodgrassZeldaWinchell P. BickerstaffOlivia Farmer
Songs
Best of FriendsLack of EducationGoodbye May Seem ForeverAppreciate the LadyFriends for LifeWe're in HarmonyHound DudeGood Doggie, No Bone!Blue BeyondWe Go Together
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