Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

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"Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye"
Published1944 by Chappell & Company
Songwriter(s)Cole Porter

"Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" is a popular jazz song with lyrics and music by Cole Porter. Part of the Great American Songbook, it was published by Chappell & Company and introduced by Nan Wynn in 1944 in Billy Rose's musical revue Seven Lively Arts. The song has since become a jazz standard after gaining popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Many artists have replaced the apostrophe in "ev'ry" with an "e".

The lyrics celebrate how happy the singer is in the company of the beloved, but suffering equally whenever the two separate. Describing it by analogy as a musical "change from major to minor", Porter begins with an A major chord and ends with an A minor one, matching the mood of the music to the words.[1]

Notable recordings[edit]

Musician Album Year Source
Ray Charles & Betty Carter Ray Charles and Betty Carter 1961 [2]
John Coltrane My Favorite Things 1961 [2]
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book 1956 [2]
The Hi-Lo's Now 1981 [3]
Simply Red Men and Women 1987 [2]
Diana Krall Quiet Nights 2009 [2]
Teddy Wilson with Maxine Sullivan 1945 [2]
Lady Gaga Cheek to Cheek (album) 2014


  1. ^ Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. New York: Chappell & Co. p. 205. ISBN 0-394-70794-X.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. pp. 107–109. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
  3. ^ Lewis, Don. "Easy Listening: A Hi-Lo's High". The Milwaukee Journal. July 19, 1981. Retrieved 2014-03-06.