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Entry from August 19, 2019
“Goodbye, cruel world!” (drinking saying)

"Goodbye, cruel world” has been the title of several songs and has been printed on many images. It is what someone might say before committing suicide.

“Good-bye, cruel world” was written in an alleged suicide note printed in the St. Louis (MO) Daily Globe-Democrat on August 5, 1875, and the Chicago (IL) Daily News on September 26, 1879.

“Good-bye, cruel world” is such as cliché that it is more often used for comic effect to express mock desperation than to express actual suicidal thoughts.

“Good-bye, cruel world” has also been spoken before someone takes a shot of hard liquor. “Brother’s giving me a shot of Moonshine from Kentucky… Goodbye cruel world” was posted on Twitter by Soapbox Vizzy on July 21, 2010. “Goodbye, cruel world! #straightvodka” was posted on Twitter by Peach Salinger on February 18, 2012.


Wiktionary: goodbye, cruel world
Phrase
goodbye, cruel world!

1. An exclamation made before committing suicide, in speech, text, or in a suicide note.
2. (humorous) A call said before taking a stiff drink, especially a shot of vodka.

Wikipedia: Goodbye Cruel World
Goodbye Cruel World may refer to:

Music
Goodbye Cruel World
(Elvis Costello album), an album by Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Goodbye Cruel World (Custard album), an album by Custard
Goodbye Cruel World, a 1999 album by Brutal Truth
“Goodbye Cruel World” (James Darren song), a song by James Darren
“Goodbye Cruel World” (Pink Floyd song), a song by Pink Floyd
“Goodbye Cruel World” (Shakespears Sister song), a song by Shakespears Sister

5 August 1875, St. Louis (MO) Daily Globe-Democrat, pg. 2, col. 2:
THE LOST BALLOON.
A Message Purporting to Come from Donaldson Found in a Bottle On the Lake Shore.
[From the Chicago Journal, 2d.]
(...)
The messenger sent to Mr. Chance brought another paper, found in another battle near the same place, and hour and a half after the first was found. It reads as follows:

Died in the Lake, Peter Coone, on the night of July 15, ‘75. Sailed on a log for twenty-four hours. Hungry as blazes. Good-bye, Cruel World.

26 September 1879, Chicago (IL) Daily News, pg. 1, col. 5:
THE CITY.
Disappearance of a Musical Composer.—Robert Mills, a musical composer, for several years past employed by Huck & Hill, music publishers, disappeared on Monday, and it is feared has committed suicide. Mr. Hill found the note, addressed to the firm, yesterday:

“I do hereby bequeath to Messrs. Huck & Hill all right to use and published these enclosed hymn tunes. They are the very last that I shall write prior to leaving this world of misery and woe.

“I have tried very hard to get something to do, but have failed every time, and I have grown weary in the utter unrealization of all my hopes and expectations. Good-bye, cruel world. I leave you for another that, although I know nothing concerning it, cannot be worse than this. Yours,
ROBERT MILLS
Sept. 22, 1879.

27 September 1879, St. Louis (MO) Daily Globe-Democrat, pg. 2, col. 3:
GOOD-BYE, CRUEL WORLD.
The Legacy Left by a Disheartened Musician.
(Same story as above.—ed.)

16 June 1914, Lincoln (NE) Daily News, pg. 2, col. 4:
GOODBYE, CRUEL WORLD
READS NOTE IN BOTTLE
DENVER, Col. June 16.—“Goodbye cruel world. I have so much money I can’t buy my flea enough to eat. So he died. Bury me in a rubber coffin, so I can go to hell a-bouncing.”

Twitter
Soapbox Vizzy
@VaryusWaise
Brother’s giving me a shot of Moonshine from Kentucky… Goodbye cruel world.
11:06 PM · Jul 21, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Peach Salinger
@KevinTWright
Goodbye, cruel world! #straightvodka “
@DevonCan: I present the world’s largest shot! (Vodka Gimlet made at Quinton’s) https://pic.twitter.com/5qiCaxx”
12:03 AM · Feb 18, 2012 from Lawrence·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
space.ghost
@KuKluxKundall
Only one shot of vodka left; this is my suicide note. Goodbye cruel world.
Sincerely, Alex
4:16 AM · Feb 8, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

YouTube
James Darren - Goodbye Cruel World
MAJESTIC JUKEBOX
Published on Oct 20, 2015
James Darren - Goodbye Cruel World (1961)

YouTube
Goodbye Cruel World
Pink Floyd
Published on Jan 8, 2016
Provided to YouTube by Pink Floyd
Goodbye Cruel World · Pink Floyd
The Wall
℗ Pink Floyd Records
Released on: 1979-11-30

Twitter
WeForgot
@WeForgot3
Gonna switch out my water for vodka and every time this coworker says “it is what the cool developers do” I am gonna take a shot. Goodbye cruel world
9:52 AM · May 17, 2019·Twitter Web Client

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