55 Songs That Say Get Away From Me or Go Away

Updated on June 26, 2019
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FlourishAnyway believes there is a playlist for just about any situation and is on a mission to unite and entertain the world through song.

If you're feeling annoyed, angry, or crowded by the company you keep, you can tell them to go away, leave, get lost. Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, R&B & metal songs to send to your unwanted friend, lover, or hanger-on.
If you're feeling annoyed, angry, or crowded by the company you keep, you can tell them to go away, leave, get lost. Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, R&B & metal songs to send to your unwanted friend, lover, or hanger-on. | Source

You Can Go Now

Have you ever had that person who overstayed their welcome in your life? Perhaps their relationship betrayal has left you bitter and unforgiving toward them, or you simply no longer share common interests. Maybe they overstepped personal boundaries one too many times, and you've decided that the relationship cannot be salvaged.

Whatever the case, if you're feeling the need to send someone on a one-way journey out of your life, then here's a playlist of pop, rock, country, R&B, and metal songs to help them enjoy the trip. Tell them they can go now.

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1. "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" by Mötley Crüe

The moment has come when you realize that you and your partner have said too much in anger. You can't rewind your relationship to where it used to be. Now your only choice is to tell your significant other to just get out. That's the case in this 1989 metal song about a love affair that's seen better days. The guy chalks up the experience to being too young to fall in love.

If you understand the experience of separating from a lover and moving on, make a playlist of songs about breakups, heartbreaks, and divorce.

2. "Leave Me Alone" by Tucker Beathard

People's emotions aren't playthings. The guy in this 2018 country ditty is done with playing second fiddle. He refuses to be his sweetheart's back-up plan any longer. Having found his dignity, he's made up his mind and tells her to have mercy on him for once. Just cut him loose and don't look back. Tucker Beathard is the son of prominent Nashville songwriter Casey Beathard and brother of NFL player C. J. Beathard.

3. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" by The Ting Tings

The guy in this electropop song broke up with his girlfriend then wanted her back, but she's already started to move on and doesn't want to hear any of it. She tells him to shut up and let her go. Scram. Split. The energetic 2008 tune was an international hit and was used in marketing for both Apple iTunes and Fanta soda (sold by The Coca-Cola Company).

4. "My Life" by Billy Joel

In this classic pop tune from 1978, the Piano Man basically tells his honey, "You do you, I'mma do me." He's fed up with having rules and curfews dictated to him.

Although some people may enjoy being parented by a lover, this guy is not one of them. Therefore, he tells her to kiss off:

I don't need you to worry for me 'cause I'm alright
I don't want you to tell me it's time to come home
I don't care what you say anymore this is my life
Go ahead with your own life leave me alone.

5. "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)" by Pink

Pink is trying to send her beloved a message in this 2007 pop number: How can I miss you if you won't go away? She's tired and needs a break from the constant presence of her lover. He doesn't seem to understand that she just wants some space. As a result, she must be blunt about it, telling him to leave her the eff alone. Some people don't take a hint, do they?

6. "Don't Come Around Here No More" by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

This 1985 rock song was inspired out of a romantic encounter between David A. Stewart of the Eurythmics and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. The next morning, Stewart heard Nicks tell Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh (whom she had broken up with the night before), "Don't come around here no more."

Stewart co-wrote the song which features a protagonist warning his honey that he's calling it quits. He's given up on their love, so he tells her to stop walking down his street and quit pausing by his door. There's no need to persist because this love is over.

7. "Scars" by Papa Roach

Have you ever known someone who seems to channel their pain through you? You absorb their angst and dysfunctionally attempt to fix them. Sadly, however, you not only fail to make them better but also end up doing emotional damage to yourself.

The narrator of this 2005 rock song recounts his ineffective attempts to help a troubled friend. He's tired of the way she drains his emotional energy and causes him trauma. Drunk and depressed, he is now in self-protective mode with blurred personal boundaries. He tells her that he cannot fix her and asks her to leave so he can concentrate on healing himself.

Jacoby Shaddix, the lead singer of Papa Roach, wrote the song after he was taken for emergency treatment for 11 staples in his head, an act of self-harm. The musician later said that his action was the result of trying to provide unwanted help to someone.

Although the band had other hit songs on the alternative, rock, and international charts, "Scars" was the only one that charted in the mainstream top 40. This makes Papa Roach an example of one-hit wonders of the 2000s.

8. "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles (featuring Margie Hendricks)

Here's the ultimate shove off anthem, a Grammy Award-winning R&B song from 1961. The man in this ditty is both short on cash and trust and is told by a frustrated woman to go away and not come back. Although the narrator protests and calls her "mean" for casting him aside, his lover has made up her mind.

Rolling Stone magazine named the tune one of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Ray Charles and back-up singer Margie Hendricks had a six-year affair, and he refused to leave his wife for her, but she didn't tell him to hit the road. Ray Charles was married twice and had 12 children by 10 different women.

9. "Country Song" by Seether

Some people don't want to be saved from self-destruction. Feeling pure revulsion for the person attempting to help him, the narrator in this 2011 metal tune clearly rejects her support. He resents her interference in his life and perceives it as detrimental. The narrator cannot stand to either look at or think of the friend who is trying to help him. He declares that his ship is going down and he doesn't need a witness to his demise. This is when you call 911.

This oddly named tune is called "Country Song" because Seether recorded their album in Nashville.

10. "Walk Away" by Five Finger Death Punch

The man in this hard rock song from 2009 warns the person he hurt to pretend nothing is real and just walk away from this hell. Their relationship has utterly disintegrated, and the narrator has morphed into a callous person whom he barely recognizes.

Although he did cruel things and regrets his misdeeds, he's not sorry for anything he has said. And then there's this cruel knife twist: he says he never cared at all. Yeah, run away fast and don't look back. There's no love lost here.

11. "Dead to Me" by Melanie Martinez

The narrator in this 2014 has a dark heart and brutal vengeance on her mind. Her boyfriend has betrayed her trust by cheating, and she doesn't just want him to go away like most people do—through words. She wants to wipe him off the face of this freaking earth then pretend to mourn his loss with his family. The narrator taunts that she seeks to kill him and put him where he needs to be—in the past, underground because he's already dead to her. The girl is a total savage.

If you have getting even on your mind, then make a playlist of songs about revenge and tell your problem person to get lost. If they know what's good for them, bahahahaha.

12. "Don't Stay" by Linkin Park

Have you ever become involved with someone who gradually assumes control of your life, makes decisions for you, then all of a sudden you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and suffocated? That's the experience of the guy in this 2003 rock song. He wants his own identity back and needs to be alone, so he rejects the person who's doing this to him. He sends them away, telling them repeatedly don't stay. The message is very clear, but will they listen?

13. "Get Out of My Life, Woman" by Lee Dorsey

If somebody doesn't love you anymore, you can either cry about it or suck it up and tell them to move on. This catchy 1965 ditty was an R&B/pop crossover hit, and it's been sampled in a number of hip hop and alternative rock songs since then.

Its narrator is a heartbroken man who orders the woman who fell out of love with him to get out of his life. He's crying and needs to be able to see beyond his tears. Additionally, she needs to scoot along because he wants to concentrate on his career and she's on the ladder holding him back. Now skedaddle. Split. Buzz off.

14. "Oildale (Leave Me Alone)" by Korn

You better back away if you know what's good for you. In this 2010 metal number, the narrator is seriously pissed at someone in his life who is a force of negativity. They repeatedly let him down, hold on to petty things, and tear away at his dignity with their hypocritical insults. They've inflicted so much damage on him that they leave him sounding like he needs intense psychotherapy. Thankfully, he sends the soul-sucking hater in his life away so he can be alone. Just breathe. They're gone now.

15. "Walk Away" by Kelly Clarkson

The narrator in this 2006 pop ditty has a disappointing lover who continually disappoints her. Now she's putting all the cards on the table, telling him to either step up and show her how he feels or get the hell out:

I want a man by my side
Not a boy who runs and hides
Are you gonna fight for me?
Die for me?
Live and breathe for me?
Do you care for me?
'Cause if you don't, then just leave.

16. "Walk Away" by Ben Harper

Have you ever loved someone but knew the relationship was doomed? In this 1994 blues-infused rock song, the narrator experiences the anguish of being with a friend and knowing the relationship wasn't meant to be. Even though it hurts him, he releases his friend, sending them on their way. It's painful for him to be with someone else now, but his relationship with his friend wasn't meant to be.

17. "Go Away" by Weezer (featuring Bethany Cosentino)

The couple in this 2015 rock song is calling it quits because the guy has cheated, although he begs her for another chance. He calls his ex-girlfriend "cold-hearted" for turning him away and tries to convince her that she misses the little things about him. However, those little things don't make up for that one big transgression. She casts him aside like yesterday's leftovers, gladly advising him to get lost.

18. "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by The Supremes

The lady in this 1966 number one Motown hit is a fool in a one-sided romance, and she's tired of hanging on. Because her sweetheart has broken up with her and is playing games with her heart, she is looking to make a brand new start and get on with her life.

Out of sight is out of mind, right? The narrator at least hopes that's true. She wants to dispatch her ex-lover far away, out of her life where there will be zero reminders. She encourages him to go away. This original Supremes song later became hits for several additional artists who covered it: Vanilla Fudge (1967), Kim Wilde (1986), and Reba McEntire (1996). The initial version was named by Rolling Stone' as one of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

19. "Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé

By the door, to the left, to the left, the narrator in this 2006 hit R&B song has crammed all of her worthless, cheating man's stuff in a box. She's moving that dude out and calling him a cab. For emphasis, she cautions him not to touch her stuff in the closet. He mouths off at her from the front yard (classy move), then she sets his cheating self straight:

You could pack all your things, we're finished
(You must not know 'bout me)
'Cause you made your bed, now lay in it
(You must not know 'bout me)
I can have another you by tomorrow
Don't you ever for a second
Get to thinking you're irreplaceable.

If you're saying good riddance to a cheating lover, help them pack as a playlist of songs about cheating and dysfunctional love relationships blasts in the background.

20. "Gotta Get Away" by The Offspring

In this 1995 international hit rock song, the person the narrator seeks to get away from is himself. There are demons that taunt his mind, and the walls are closing in on him. He feels edgy, "off," and paranoid. The mentally ill man suspects that his shadow is following him, and he seeks to escape from himself.

"Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone." - Charlie Chaplin, English silent film actor and comedian
"Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone." - Charlie Chaplin, English silent film actor and comedian | Source

Even More Songs That Say Leave Me Alone

Year Released
21. Whatever
22. Megalomania
Black Sabbath
23. Leave Me Alone
Michael Jackson
24. You Can Pack Your Suitcase
Fats Domino
25. Get Your Sh*t and Go
Hellbound Glory
26. You Better Run
Pat Benatar
27. Go
Avril Lavigne
28. Over You
Brandi Carlilse
29. Dead to Me
Dierks Bentley
30. Que Sera
Hannah Montana
31. There's No Home for You Here
The White Stripes
32. I Don't Want to Be Your Friend
33. American Woman
The Guess Who
34. Leave Me Lonely
Gary Morris
35. Leave
36. Look It Up
Ashton Shepherd
37. Get Off of My Cloud
The Rolling Stones
38. Get Out
39. Get Outta My Way
Kylie Minogue
40. Leave Me Alone
Natalie Imbruglia
41. Leave Me Alone
The Corrs
42. Dawn (Go Away)
The Four Seasons
43. Make the World Go Away
Eddy Arnold
44. Here
Alessia Cara
45. Set Me Free
The Kinks
46. Go Away Little Girl
Donny Osmond
47. Dangerous
48. Young Girl
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
49. Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)
Helen Reddy
50. Go Now
The Moody Blues
51. Leave Me Alone
52. Different Drum
Linda Ronstadt
53. Turn Me Loose
54. Release Me
Wilson Philips
55. Release Me
Engelbert Humperdinck
Know a song that says leave me alone or go away? Leave a comment in the Comments Section below!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        3 hours ago from USA

        Bob - Thanks! I added the Engelbert Humperdinck version. It also reminded me of Wilson Philips' song by the same name.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        2 days ago

        Consider "Release Me" by Ray Price? It and other versions are called "Please Release Me" or "Please Release Me Let Me Go".

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        2 days ago from USA

        Heidi - Thank you for this addition! Have a wonderful week!

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        Heidi Thorne 

        3 days ago from Chicago Area

        Okay, I have another addition. Heard it playing at the health club the other day (yeah, they play the oldies for us oldies from the 80s).

        Turn Me Loose by Loverboy.

        Happy Sunday!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        4 days ago from USA

        Bob - Oh, yes, I have that on a recent one, "songs to leave someone to." That was a fun one to write.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        4 days ago

        I didn't know that about Linda Ronstadt. It is sad. One advantage of this digital age is voices and moving images can be preserved for posterity.

        Does her, "You're No Good" fit into any of your categories?

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        4 days ago from USA

        Bob - It's an old song but one that I love. It's sad that Linda Ronstadt's beautiful voice has been claimed by Parkinson's. Thanks for the suggestion which I added. It definitely says go away.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        5 days ago

        Would "Different Drum" by Linda Ronstadt fall into this category.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        5 days ago from USA

        Kaili - For some reason your comment (just like Peg's) was also marked spam so I'm just now seeing it. Sorry for any delay! Thanks for this great addition!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        5 days ago from USA

        Peg - I just now got your comment. It was wrongly marked as spam for some reason. Anyway, thanks for the song suggestion which I added.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        7 days ago

        You're welcome. A few Hellen Reddy songs may fit your Hub on mental illness.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        7 days ago from USA

        Bob - I don't think I've ever heard that song, but sure enough it was a number #3 hit. Granted I wasn't even in kindergarten yet, but I learned something today. Thanks for the song suggestion which I'm adding.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        8 days ago

        Again you bring back memories. I didn't know that about Ray Charles.

        Consider - "Leave Me Alone ( Ruby Red Dress )!" by Helen Reddy

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        Peg Cole 

        12 days ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

        Never know when you'll need a song like these. One time I went back in time for a love from high school and it turned out so badly that I told him never to call me again. I may have missed it but there's one by the Moody Blues - "I Think You Better Go Now."

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        2 weeks ago from USA

        Dora - The playlists keep me current, too! Thanks for stopping by!

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        So I know one from the sixties: Hit the Road Jack. I tell you, if I don't read your lists, I'd never hear most of these titles and artists. So I have to keep reading you.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        2 weeks ago from USA

        Cynthia - Some folks don't seem good at figuring social cues out and unfortunately you have to spell it out. I like my alone time when it's just my cats and I. Thanks for coming by.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        2 weeks ago from USA

        Heidi - Great additions! I like my space too. Have a terrific week!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        2 weeks ago from USA

        Linda - Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you learned something.

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I've learned some interesting facts about some of the singers that I didn't know. Thanks, Flourish. I appreciate the information that you share.

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        2 weeks ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

        Hi hon....i am an introvert who sometimes would love to yell "Please just go" but don't usually have to with those who know the body language-- it's people visiting who aren't on my energy grid that I find most exasperating in my curmudgeon years. Thank you for figuring out this is a thing ... All the best!

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        Kaili Bisson 

        2 weeks ago from Canada

        Another great list Flourish!

        I was going to suggest "American Woman," but I see you already have it. I'm always looking for a Canadian addition to your lists, so how about "Leave Me Alone" by Canadian hip-hop artist Ollie. "Don't call my friends

        Don't call my home

        Don't call my momma

        Leave me alone..."

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        Heidi Thorne 

        2 weeks ago from Chicago Area

        Yep, sometimes you just need space!

        Diggin' into the oldies archives for added choice, "Go Away, Little Girl," by Bobby Vee.

        And, of course, I've got an 80s choice: "Dangerous" by Roxette.

        Happy Sunday!

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        2 weeks ago from USA

        Linda - Thanks for stopping by. Have a good weekend.

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        Linda Lum 

        2 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

        Flourish, wow this topic really spans the decades, doesn't it? I can't think of a one that you missed (and you came up with a lot that I had never heard of). There you go again, bringing me into the 21st century LOL. Thanks for another great list. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        2 weeks ago from USA

        Bill - It's interesting how various artists can add their own unique spin on songs to the point that the song sounds completely different. From The Supremes to Reba McEntire to Aretha Franklin to Vanilla Fudge to Kim Wilde, they all had different such different voices.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        2 weeks ago from USA

        Bill - Alexa knows all the songs, huh? Thanks for this song suggestion. Have fun grooving to that throwback song!

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        Bill Holland 

        2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        And the one by the Surpremes...check out the cover by Vanilla Fudge when you have nothing else to do.

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        Bill Holland 

        2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        I'll add one more...."Set Me Free" by the Kinks, which is now playing in the background thanks to Alexa. lol

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        2 weeks ago from USA

        Liz - Sometimes that's what people need too if a not-so-great person is involved. I did this playlist at the request of a reader who has an ex who wants to re-enter her life (and obviously she doeesn't want that). Have a great weekend!

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 weeks ago from UK

        Everybody needs some space at times, but some of these are aimed at a more permanent break. Another great list.

      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


        2 weeks ago from USA

        Pam - Some of these were outside of my usual range. A loyal reader wanted a playlist for when you don't want an ex back in your life, and I thought "go away" fit the bill. Thanks for reading. Have a fantastic weekend!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        This was interesting as several of the songs were unfamiliar to me. Some of the songs by Kelley Clarkson and many others I did remember and they were really good. I love hearing new music that is new to me, as I like almost any music, and you cover the topic so well.


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