The last few weeks have been full of speculation about the ending of the AMC TV series Breaking Bad. I will leave it to others to debate the greatness of tonight’s series finale. But one thing we cannot argue about is that it was cool that the final scene used the Badfinger song, “Baby Blue,” which first appeared on the band’s 1971 album, Straight Up.
Both the band’s name and the TV series feature the word “bad.” More importantly, though, the song’s opening had appropriate lyrics for the show’s end, as well as a good sound for the mood of the ending of the series and of our relationship with Walter White (Bryan Cranston).
Guess I got what I deserve;
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 have for you,
My baby blue
Below is a 1972 Badfinger performance of “Baby Blue.” Note that the band is introduced by a dark-haired Kenny Rogers.
Unfortunately, the original Badfinger, which lost band members Tom Evans and Pete Ham to suicide, has not been active since the mid-1980s. A lot of people, though, are singing their song tonight.
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