Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Chicago, “Goodbye”; Ides Of March, “L. A. Goodbye”

Jim gave us "Arrivederci/Bon-voyage/Ciao/Farewell/Goodbye/Hasta la vista/Sayonara/Shalom" as today’s prompt, and I have two songs to share, both from Chicago-area bands and both from 1971.

The first is from Chicago, naturally, from Chicago V: "Goodbye." Robert Lamm wrote it, and Pete Cetera sang lead on it. In this live recording, Lamm explains how it came about. It’s in 7/4 time, if it sounds a little lopsided.

The lyrics, courtesy of AZLyrics:

Flying high, touch the sky
Going to places I never knew
So goodbye
And hello, long ago

I can see history
Standing still, a mystery – if you will
Pardon me
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

Our second selection for today is The Ides of March’s "L. A. Goodbye." It was written by Jim Peterik and was on their second album, Common Bond. It only reached #73 on the Hot 100, but on the Chicago Top 40 outlets, it reached #2 on WCFL, #5 on WLS, and #1 on some regional charts.

The lyrics, courtesy SongLyrics:

Well my wave length gets a little longer,
Every time I wave goodbye,
Sentimental break down,
You know I break down and lie,
Where I’m not supposed to lie my head,
Always seems my softest pillow.

And as I board my plane,
Something inside my brain,
Hates to wave L.A. goodbye,
L.A. goodbye, goodbye,
L.A. I’m gonna see you ’round sometime,
L.A. goodbye,
L.A. I’m gonna be a ’round sometime,
L.A. goodbye.

Sunset strip and a field trip,
Over to your hide away,
Sunset Princess beckons and,
We love the night away,
Now I feel light years away,
From the west side of Chicago.

And as I board my plane,
Something inside my brain,
Hates to wave L.A. Goodbye,
L.A. goodbye, goodbye,
L.A. wouldn’t see you around now,
L.A. goodbye,
Can’t you see the tear in my eye now,
L.A. goodbye,
L.A. stop to cry now,
L.A. goodbye I’m going to see you around.

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday, and Song of the Day, for April 25, 2021.

17 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Chicago, “Goodbye”; Ides Of March, “L. A. Goodbye”

  1. There are some beautiful horns on that Chicago song John and it seems like they captured their old sound. I am not familiar with The Ides of March, but this song is lovely. Thanks for joining in again.


    1. Chicago V was early enough that it probably was their old sound. πŸ˜‰

      The Ides of March were a one-hit wonder to most of the country, their one big hit being “Vehicle.” Jim Peterik was their leader and also started Survivor and is currently fronting a band called Pride of Lions. A sample:


      1. I dream about moving somewhere along the I-81 corridor in VA–specifically Marion VA. No particular reason other than location and it looks kind of nice. Close to Knoxville would be kind of nice, but house prices have been going up a lot there.

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  2. 7/4 time certainly is an unusual time signature. Chicago on a Sunday morning is hard to beat. L.A. Goodbye is new to me, but very enjoyable.


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