Don’t Like Goodbyes

Truman Capote and Harold Arlen

Truman Capote and Harold Arlen

Composer Harold Arlen
Lyricist Truman Capote
Year Written 1954
About Don’t Like Goodbyes
“Don’t Like Goodbyes” was written by Harold Arlen, with lyrics by Arlen and Truman Capote, for the 1954 Broadway musical House of Flowers, based on Capote’s novella of the same name. The song was introduced by Pearl Bailey. While the musical was not well-reviewed, the Arlen-Capote score is quite wonderful, including not only today’s song but the exquisite “A Sleepin’ Bee,” which Tony Bennett has recorded twice (in 1959 for Tony Sings For Two and at the 1962 Carnegie Hall concert). “Don’t Like Goodbyes” has been recorded by Pearl Bailey, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand.


Don’t like goodbyes, tears or sighs
I’m not too good at leavin’ time
I got no taste for grievin’ time
No, no, not me

You’ve been my near one
Always my dear one
I never thought that I would find
Another love, a different kind
But it came, it came to be

If you think I’m telling you lies
Go try your luck and look into her eyes
But remember, you must remember she’s mine
And my world overhead has a clear shine

Don’t want to leave you
Sorry to grieve you
Its travelin’ time and I must move on
Found a girl to lean upon
And if I could arrange it
Oh would I care to change it
Not me

Have I found the answer
Yes, she’s the only answer
Guess I won’t have to guide her
Just walk beside her
Can’t you see it clearly
That I love her dearly

I’d love to stay on
But from this day on
Its travelin’ time, I must move on
Found a girl to lean upon
And if I could arrange it
Oh would I care to change it
Not me

Session / Album Information


“Don’t Like Goodbyes” was recorded in 2004 and released that same year on The Art of Romance. This song was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

Don"t Like Goodbyes

Listen to Don"t Like Goodbyes on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2004.

This recording released on:

  • 2004: RPM/Columbia CD: CK 92820 — The Art of Romance
  • 2004: Sony Music CD 5187092000 — The Art of Romance (import)
  • 2011: Disc #69 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK67) The Art of Romance

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