Before We Say Goodbye

Composer Michael J. Lewis
Lyricist Al Stillman
Year Written 1969
About Before We Say Goodbye
“Before We Say Goodbye” was written for the 1969 film The Madwoman of Chaillot, which starred Katherine Hepburn.


Before we say goodbye
And you have gone your way
Let’s see what can be done
To make you stay

When all the words are said
And all the tears are cried
Let’s look into our hearts
And our hearts decide

Let’s think this out and
You might say I’m right
And we might change goodbye
Into goodnight

Let’s not agree too fast
On breaking with the past
Let’s make another try
Before we say goodbye

Session / Album Information


“Before We Say Goodbye” was recorded on October 7, 1969 and released that year as a single. It was arranged by Peter Matz.

Before We Say Goodbye

Listen to Before We Say Goodbye on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2011.

This recording released on:

  • 1969: Columbia 45: 4-45032
  • 2011: Disc #8 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK8) The Columbia Singles, Vol. 6

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