Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

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"Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" is a song with lyrics and music by Cole Porter and 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]

Notable live performances[edit]

The German rock band Blumfeld played it as the last song in each concert of their farewell tour before splitting up in 2007.

Canto-pop star Eason Chan ended his 2010 DUO 2010 tour with the song.

Mick Hucknall at Old Trafford in August 1998.


  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.