Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

"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 and Jere McMahon in 1944 in Billy Rose's musical revue Seven Lively Arts.[1]

"Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye"
by Cole Porter
PublishedChappell & Company, 1944
PerformersNan Wynn and Jere McMahon

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.[2]

The Benny Goodman Quintet (vocal by Peggy Mann) enjoyed a hit record with the song in 1945.[3]

Other notable recordingsEdit

Musician Album Year Source
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book 1956 [4]
Ray Charles & Betty Carter Ray Charles and Betty Carter 1961 [4]
Sarah Vaughan After Hours 1961
John Coltrane My Favorite Things 1961 [4]
The Hi-Lo's Now 1981 [5]
Simply Red Men and Women 1987 [4]
Annie Lennox Red Hot + Blue 1990 [4]
Diana Krall Quiet Nights 2009 [4]
Teddy Wilson with Maxine Sullivan 1945 [4]
Lady Gaga Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe Version) 2014 [6]


  1. ^ "Internet Broadway Database". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  2. ^ Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. New York: Chappell & Co. 1972. p. 205. ISBN 0-394-70794-X.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 181. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g 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.
  5. ^ Lewis, Don. "Easy Listening: A Hi-Lo's High". The Milwaukee Journal. July 19, 1981. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  6. ^ Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye by Lady Gaga, 2014-09-23, retrieved 2021-10-02