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THE GOODBYE LOOK Lyrics

Artist: Steely Dan


The surf was easy on the day I came to stay
On this quiet island in the bay
I remember a line of women all in white
The laughter and the steel bands at night

Now the Americans are gone exept for two
The embassy's been hard to reach
There's been talk and lately a bit of action after dark
Behind the big casino on the beach

The rules are changed
It's not the same
It's all new players in a whole new ball game

Last night I dreamed of an old lover dressed in gray
I've had this fever now since yesterday
Wake up darling they're knocking the Colonel's standing in the sun
With his stupid face the glasses and the gun

I know what happens
I read the book
I believe I just got the goodbye look

Won't you pour me a Cuban breeze Gretchen

I know a fellow with a motor launch for hire
A skinny man with two-one shoes
Cause tonight they're arranging a small reception just for me
Behind the big casino by the sea

I know what happens
I read the book
I believe I just got the goodbye look
Comments/Interpretations
by Wubsta on 7/24/2008 10:58pm
Mel Torme once made the comment that he thought this was a great song and it is good to have a songwriter like Donald Fagen around.
by Cornelius on 2/25/2012 9:33pm
Mel Torme was a consummate musician and composer. Nice to know that he liked the Good-Bye Look too. Where are we? Maybe Havana or Santo Domingo before the overthrow? Not sure but the arrangement is great.


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