Bar Scott

I Wave Bye Bye ©Jesse Winchester

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Bar Scott
April 6, 2015
Bar Scott

Story

I heard Allen Toussaint sing this for Jesse Winchester at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Festival. Jesse had died a few months earlier so the audience of maybe 50,000 people was at attention. The concert area was absolutely silent as Allen sang. I couldn't get it out of my mind - the experience or the sound, so decided to sing it myself. Chris Ranney took the solo vocal recording I sent him and created this stunning arrangement. For you, Jesse. Thank you for your masterful writing history. Love from Colorado!

Lyrics

I Wave Bye Bye

©Jesse Winchester

 

Just out in the harbor, all the ships asleep

Maybe one cold watchman walks a lonely beat

And way-out on the water a ship is under sail

Leaving wavy starlight and a dreamer in her trail

 

I wave bye bye, I pray Godspeed

I wish lovely weather, more luck than you need

You'll only sail in circles so there's no need to cry

No, I'll see you again one day, and then I wave bye bye

 

The sailing ship reminds me of a certain girl

who left a certain dreamer to sail into the world

I've very friendly postcards from very far away

but they just remind me of a certain day

 

I wave bye bye, I pray Godspeed

I wish lovely weather, with more luck than you need

You'll only sail in circles so there's no need to cry

No, I'll see you again one day, then I'll wave bye bye