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Goodbye

[Peter Bellamy]

Peter Bellamy sang Goodbye unaccompanied in 1975 to finish his album Tell It Like It Was. A live recording from Cheddar Folk Club on July 22, 1991 was included on his Free Reed anthology Wake the Vaulted Echoes. He commented in the original album's liner notes:

In place, because the theme of this record is that of modern or part-modern songs; out of place because it was specifically written to conclude a programme of traditional songs. Ah well.

Lyrics

Tell It Like It Was version

The time has come to say goodbye, I've sung my songs for you:
Songs of old ways, songs of good days still ran bravely with the new.
The songs that our grandfathers sung we'll keep on singing true,
But now it's time for me to say adieu.

They sung them under creaking sail, they sung them at the plough;
The pattern of their lives has changed, but leaves still deck the bough.
Though all the world was sweeter then, the sweetness still rings through;
But now it's time for me to say adieu.

Cheddar Folk Club version

The time has come to say goodbye, I've sung my songs for you:
Songs of old days, songs of good ways still ran bravely with the new.
The songs that our grandfathers sung we'll keep on singing true,
But now it's time for me to say adieu.

They sung them under creaking sail, they sung them at the plough;
The pattern of their world has changed, but leaves still deck the bough.
Though all the world was sweeter then, the sweetness still rings through;
But now it's time for me to say adieu.