Supertramp’s Goodbye Stranger is not a subtle song. The guy isn’t ready to settle down. He’s an early morning lover, and he must be moving on.
But if you go to Songfacts and SongMeanings, you’ll find a few alternate theories, many of them reading too much into the names “Mary” and “Jane.” A couple even find religious meaning.
This one is either utterly insane or brilliant parody:
I agree that the song was written to be about a one-night stand, but in retrospect, it seems to foretell 9/11.
“It was an early morning yesterday
I was up before the dawn
And I really have enjoyed my stay
But I must be moving on”
The planes used in the attack were hijacked early in the morning on Sept. 11. The attackers believed they were moving on to an afterlife.
It goes on. The “sweet ladies” are the 72 virgins waiting in paradise, and so on.