Breaking Bad, The Departed, and Badfinger's 'Baby Blue'
  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

  • Posted by: Matt Howard

Last night during the epic conclusion of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan sealed his masterpiece with the lyrically poignant "Baby Blue" by Badfinger. Once I regained a normal heart-rate, I pointed out to my viewing peers that the song, which was featured on the 1971 Apple-released Straight Up, is the most epic resolution themes that I had ever heard. Certain I had witnessed it used as a clean-up single, I hit Google to discover I was correct (almost), as "Baby Blue" was used by Martin Scorsese very similarly to soundtrack an epic montage in The Departed.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find the particular scene from The Departed that featured the song, however, I do recall it kicked off with Leo shooting a dude in the leg.



Listening to the song, it's no wonder why it worked so perfectly in both narratives. The song in itself is a dramatic montage opening with a cleansing splash and moving into the confessional of "Guess I got what I deserved."

"Baby Blue" Lyrics:


Guess I got what I deserved
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 had 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 I want you by my side
How can I show you, show me the way
Don't you know the times I've tried?

Guess that's all I have to say
Except the feeling just grows stronger every day
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.


In Walt's defense, there aren't many songs about Baby Holly.

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