Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  

Tokyo Farewell

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1970 Schroder Music Company, renewed 1998. a.k.a. "Goodbye, Joe."

I toured Japan in seven O,
But I didn't care to see the fair.
Toured and sang with the Rohon crew,
From Hokkaido to Kyushu.

They were my brothers on the way,
We sang the cities ev'ry day.
Kamijo-san made the spotlight glow.
We called him Joe.

Goodbye Takazawa-san,
Yat-chan Tat-chan, Joonko-san.
I came too late and I have to go,
Goodbye, Joe.

It isn't nice for mom to cry,
So I will smile as I say goodbye,
Flying away from Tokyo,
Goodbye, Joe.

Amplifiers and guitars
In and out of a hundred cars,
Green car fast and local slow,
Goodbye, Joe.

Little inn and big hotel,
Fifteen minutes to the starting bell,
Curtain's up and away we go,
Goodbye, Joe.

Koryama, Tochigi,
Tsuruoka, Kitami,
Osaka and Sapporo,
Goodbye, Joe.

Goodbye, Takazawa-san,
Yat-chan and Nobu-chan,
Stage is cleared for another show,
Goodbye, Joe.

Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
---- The Malvina Reynolds Songbook

Malvina Reynolds recording(s) on which this song is performed:
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