Bye Bye Birdie (The Moody Blues)

22 FEBRUARY 1966


British band the Moody Blues 'performed' the song Bye Bye Birdie on live French TV show 'A Vous Tents' in February 1966. This was the B-side to their single 'Stop', which failed to chart in the UK but reached #98 in the US. This was despite them having had a #1 in the UK in 1964 with 'Go Now'.

In fact, this was the first of five singles in a row from them that did not chart, a run only broken in late 1967 with the classic 'Nights in White Satin', which was a very, very different sound to this white-boy blues.

This video clip shows them with some great energy on the set, although singer Denny Lane's (later of Wings) struggles to mime a complicated vocal/harmonica performance.

Bye Bye Birdie (Moody Blues)

'I say bye bye, bird. 
I say bye bye, bird. 
I say bye bye, baby. 
I say bye bye. 
Bye bye, baby, bye bye. 
Bye bye, baby, bye bye. 
Bye bye, baby, bye bye. 
Bye bye, Birdie. 
Now if you wanna say ‘goodbye' to your girl 
I wanna give you one or two little tips, yeah. 
Say ‘Bye bye, baby' 
And then you say ‘Bye bye, girl' 
And then you say ‘Get the suitcases, honey' 
‘I don't wanna see you', hear the words. 

Say bye bye. 
Say bye bye. 
Bye bye, baby. 
Bye bye, bird. 

Now if you wanna say ‘goodbye' to your girl 
I wanna give you one or two little tips, yeah. 
Say ‘Bye bye, bird' 
Then say ‘Bye bye, baby' 
‘Bye bye, girl' 
Mmm, not another word. 

I say bye. 
I say bye. 
Say bye bye. 
Say bye bye. 
Bye baye, babe. 
Yeah, let's swing it on, now. 

Bye bye, baby, 
I say bye bye, baby. 
I say bye bye, baby. 
Bye bye. 

Bye bye, baby. 
Bye bye, baby. 
Bye bye, baby. 
Bye bye bye, baby, yeah. 

Bye bye, girl. 
I say bye bye, babe.'

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