Don't Say Goodbye (Paulina Rubio song)

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"Don't Say Goodbye (Si Tú Te Vas)"
Single by Paulina Rubio
from the album Border Girl
Released May 27, 2002
Format Promo single
Digital single
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop, dance-pop
Length 4:49 (Album version)
3:38 (Video & Radio versions)
Label Universal Records
Writer(s) Cheryl Yie, Joshua Rubin
Producer(s) Doug Morris, Bruce Carbone, Sal Guastella
Paulina Rubio singles chronology
"Tal Vez, Quizá"
"Don't Say Goodbye/Si Tú Te Vas"
"The One You Love/Todo Mi Amor"

"Don't Say Goodbye" is a song written by Cheryl Yie and Joshua Rubin for Paulina Rubio's sixth album Border Girl (2002). It was produced by Doug Morris, Bruce Carbone and Sal Guastella and released as the album's first single in North America and Europe (see 2002 in music).

It received large promotion in countries that were new to her music, like the United States and the United Kingdom, and she appeared on many important programs, including Jay Leno and The Rosie O'Donnell Show in the United States, and Jonathan Ross and CD:UK in Britain.

The song[edit]

According to, "Don't Say Goodbye," blends buoyant techno beats, sweeping keyboards, jangly guitars and stratospheric vocals. The track is about a former boyfriend of Rubio's who "got goin' just when the goin' was gettin' good."

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Don't Say Goodbye" is influenced by the Japanese film Akira and was directed by American duo The Brothers Strause and filmed in Los Angeles, California in early April 2002.[1] Rubio said about the video that "We did part of it like a Japanese cartoon, and for the dancing, we feel the rhythm of the song because the beat is almost like a heartbeat. The story is about this love that you feel with someone and he just takes one step back. I was riding the motorcycle with him, and at the end, well, he makes his choice. I was riding the bike 'til the end of love. And I was driving, of course. I was in charge".

The clip, features a combination of animation, live action and dancing shots that loosely convey the narrative of the song. It had nominations in Los Premios MTV Latino America 2002 including the nomination for "Video of the year".

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Don't Say Goodbye".


Chart (2002) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[6] 19
Austria Top 75[7] 61
Canadian Singles Chart 6
Colombia Singles Chart 1
Dutch Top 100[8] 67
Finnish Singles Chart 9
French Singles Charts[9] 55
Italian Singles Chart[10] 18
New Zealand Singles Chart[11] 49
Spanish Singles Chart 1
Swiss Top 100 Singles Chart[12] 47
UK Singles Chart[13] 68
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[14] 41
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[15] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs[16] 5


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