Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye

Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

PROFILE
Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Year Written 1944
ABOUT Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
“Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” was written for the 1944 Billy Rose musical revue Seven Lively Arts. The song is well known for the phrase “change from major to minor” as the song itself changed from A-flat major to A-flat minor, matching the lyric perfectly. It has always been a strong jazz standard. Significant recordings include those by Tony Bennett, Mabel Mercer, Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington.

Lyrics

Everytime we say goodbye
I die a little
Every time we say goodbye
I wonder why a little
Why the gods above me
Who must be in the know
Think so little of me
They allow you to go

When you’re near
There’s such an air
Of spring about it
I can hear a lark somewhere
Begin to sing about it
There’s no love song finer
But how strange the change
From major to minor
Every time we say goodbye

There’s no love song finer
But how strange the change
From major to minor
Every time we say goodbye

Session / Album Information

1958

Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye was recorded on April 8, 1958 and released in 1958 on the album Long Ago and Far Away.

This recording released on:

  • 1958: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1186 — Long Ago And Far Away
  • 1993:  Columbia House Music Collection CD: 2C2 7926 — The Great American Composers: Cole Porter
  • 2007: Sony Music CD: 715320 — Sings the Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1
  • 2011:  Disc #12 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK2) Long Ago and Far Away

2014

“Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” was recorded in 2014 as a solo by Lady Gaga and released that year on Cheek To Cheek. It was arranged by Alex Smith.

This recording released on:

  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: B0021494-02 – Cheek To Cheek (deluxe edition)
  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: B0021861-03 – Cheek To Cheek (Target edition)
  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: B0021688-02 – Cheek To Cheek (HSN edition)
  • 2014: Columbia/RPM/Streamline/Intercept Records: Cheek To Cheek (iTunes edition)

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