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. In the phrase "change from major to minor", Porter begins with an A major chord and ends with an A minor one, matching the words and music.[1] 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".

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.