Goodbye, Sweetheart, Goodbye

In Sirens, strains of a 19th century popular song called Goodbye, Sweetheart, Goodbye float out of the Ormond bar. Although fragments of the song lyrics appear in the text, they are supplied from someone's memory (the narrator's? Bloom's?), because the song is paradoxically "voiceless": "A voiceless song sang from within." It quickly becomes clear that someone is playing the song on the bar's piano, and after the last strains sound the identity of that person becomes clear.

JH 2020

2 May 1913 recording of John McCormack singing Goodbye, Sweetheart, Goodbye. Source:

Sheet music for Goodbye, Sweetheart, Goodbye published in Richmond, Virginia in 1863 by George Dunn & Co., held in the Duke University Libraries Digital Collections. Source:

The first page of the sheet music.

The second page of the sheet music.