Today’s prompt (slightly rearranged) is “good, better, best, great.” Of all the songs I could think of, the one that stood out most in my mind was “Goodbye,” from Chicago’s 1972 album Chicago V. This was the album, I think I told you, where I risked life and limb by riding my bicycle on some pretty dangerous roads to buy the day it came out, which Wikipedia tells me was Monday, July 10, 1972.
I was ambivalent about this album. For one thing, it was a single LP; up to that point Chicago’s albums were all double LP sets. For another, I didn’t like a couple of the songs. On the other hand, there were some excellent songs, including “Goodbye,” the penultimate song. It was written by Robert Lamm, who wrote most of the songs on the album, and features some of the best playing by the band that I had heard. It also features a shift into 7/8 time for Lee Loughnane’s trumpet solo in the middle. That just about blew my mind…
The lyrics, from AZLyrics:
Going to places I never knew
And hello, long ago
I can see history
Standing still, a mystery – if you will
I’m away for the day
Feels so good to be soaring
‘Cause L.A. was so boring
There must be room for growing
Somewhere else and I’m going
The days and nights have gone dry
The last three whole years have flashed by
And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for July 5, 2020.