TOM PAXTON


Outward Bound Lyrics

Outward bound upon a ship that sails no ocean
Outward bound, it has no crew but me and you
All alone when just a minute ago the shore was filled with people
With people that we knew

Outward bound upon a journey without ending
Outward bound, uncharted waters beneath our bow
Far behind, the green familiar shore is fading into time
And time has left us now

So farewell, adieu, so long, vaya con Dios
May they find whatever they are looking for
Remember when the wine was better than ever again
We could not ask, we could not ask for more

Outward bound upon a ship with tattered sail
Outward bound upon a crooked lonesome trail
Things we learn, we'll just be satisfied in knowing
And we'll tell it to our kids as a fairy tale

So farewell, adieu, so long, vaya con Dios
May they find whatever they are looking for
Remember when the wine was better than ever again
We could not ask, we could not ask for more

So farewell, adieu, so long, vaya con Dios
May they find whatever they are looking for
Remember when the wine was better than ever again
We could not ask, we could not ask for more
We could not ask, we could not ask for more

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Meaning to "Outward Bound" (2 meanings)
Gerry Kandler 06/18/14,02:48
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I heard Tom Paxton introduce this song 40 years ago at a concert in Portsmouth UK. He said it was inspired by the assassination of Bobby Kennedy and the sadness and sense of loss that he felt. 'Remember when the wine was better than ever again' - perhaps it is about the death of optimism.
Rik Middleton 09/24/12,20:44
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It is a rewrite of the old scottish traditional song 'Waly waly' or 'The Water is wide' (the accompanying chords are identical) but in more positive vein. The old song is a song of unrequited love regretting that my love will not sail the boat of love. The new is about the boat as marriage.
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