Long Goodbye

In the endless summer
of discontent
The tip of the iceberg
on the darkest continent
Splintering puppets
hiss through wooden grins
Toothless to bite the hand that force-feeds
gets under their skins

This is the long goodbye

The deeper they go
the darker it gets
'Till blood stains the whitewash
liquidates idol threats
The country club's burning
body politic sweats
South Africa’s [Soweto is] up in flames
out of time, far too late for regrets

This is the long goodbye

© Music: Jerome Faulkner (5/83)
Lyrics (3/85) & Melody (7/83): Jessie Jacobson

First version (1985). Produced by Second Language with Earle Mankey:

Jessie Jacobson: Lead Vocal, Guitars, Cowbells, Faux Didgeridoo (pipe)
Toni Zeto: Vocals, Insect Shaker, Kalimba
Jerome Faulkner: Keyboards
Jarrett Lesko: Basses, Shaker, Sheet Metal
Brian Bielski: Pipes, Sheet Metal, Tubs
(+ drum machine)

Second version (1987). Produced by Tony Berg. Engineered by Dan Bates.

Jessie Jacobson: Lead Vocal, Guitars, Keyboards, Percussion
Jarrett Lesko: Bass, Percussion
Brian Bielski: Drums, Percussion

+ Tony Berg: additional keyboard FX