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The Goodbye Look

This song is by Donald Fagen and appears on the album The Nightfly (1982) and on the box set Nightfly Trilogy (2007).

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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
I believe I just got the goodbye look
Won't you pour me a Cuban Breeze, Gretchen?

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

I know a fellow with a motor launch for hire
A skinny man with two-tone 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
I believe I just got the goodbye look

Written by:

Donald Fagen

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