Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

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"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. It was 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 very happy the singer is when in the company of their beloved, but suffering equally whenever they 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
Chet Baker Let's Get Lost 1989
Dave Barbour The Very Thought of You: Decca Records 1951–57
Shirley Bassey Shirley, the LP 1961
Tony Bennett Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends (DVD) 2007
Eden Brent Something Cool 2003
Ann Hampton Callaway To Ella with Love 2005
Betty Carter & Ray Charles Ray Charles and Betty Carter 1961
June Christy & Stan Kenton Duet 1955
John Coltrane My Favorite Things 1961
Sammy Davis, Jr. Sammy Davis Jr. Sings and Laurindo Almeida Plays 1966
Jacob Fischer Jacob Fischer...In New York City 2014
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book 1956
Lady Gaga Cheek to Cheek 2014
Anthony Geary ABC presents Love Affair
Fred Hersch ETC 2010
The Hi-Lo's Now 1981 [2]
Jack Jones Where Love Has Gone 1964
Stan Kenton The Stage Door Swings 2005
Lee Konitz & Red Mitchell I Concentrate on You – A Cole Porter Tribute 1987
Irene Kral Kral Space 1977
Diana Krall Quiet Nights 2009
Eyran Katsenelenbogen One Time 1994
Karin Krog/Jacob Young Where Flamingos Fly 2002
Cleo Laine That Old Feeling 1999
Jeanne Lee After Hours 1994
Annie Lennox Red Hot + Blue 1990
Julie London All Through the Night 1965
Peggy Mann "Only Another Boy and Girl" B-side 1945
André Manoukian & Loane So in Love 2010
Carmen McRae When You're Away 1959
Mabel Mercer Sings Cole Porter 1955
Ronnie Milsap Just for a Thrill 2004
Tom Murray Cole Porter Moods 2010
Silje Nergaard Port of Call 2000
Oscar Peterson Oscar Peterson Plays the Cole Porter Songbook 1959
Dianne Pilkington Little Stories 2010
Sonny Rollins The Sound of Sonny 1957
Diane Schuur In Tribute 1992
Carly Simon Film Noir 1997
Nina Simone The Best of Colpix Years 1992
Simply Red Men and Women 1987
Jeri Southern Southern Hospitality/Jeri Gently Jumps 2008
Rod Stewart Handbags & Gladrags 1995
Maxine Sullivan Ruban Bleu Years: Complete Recordings 1944–1949
Caterina Valente with Chet Baker single 1956
Sarah Vaughan After Hours 1961
Rufus Wainwright Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!: Live from the London Palladium 2007
Dinah Washington The Swingin' Miss "D" 1956
Mark Isham & Kate Ceberano Bittersweet 2009
Robbie Williams "Lazy Days" B-side 1997
Michael Crawford/London Symphony Orchestra With Love 1992


  1. ^ Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. New York: Chappell & Co., Inc. p. 205. ISBN 0-394-70794-X. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Don. "Easy Listening: A Hi-Lo's High". The Milwaukee Journal. July 19, 1981. Retrieved 2014-03-06.