Every Time We Say Goodbye...

Reviewed by mojo

So we've established that Mojo is not such a HUGE fan of draggy depressing ballads. Having said that, I will now state for the record that I like this song. No, really. Why, you ask, with that tired sigh and the eye roll you've tried so hard to hide from me? Because in this case, at least, the mood of the song, the lyrics, everything just matches so perfectly--the longing, the memories, "But how strange the change from major to minor..." Ahhh. It's sheer perfection, that's what it is. I know, you're sick of Mojo just lamely saying that instead of posting a REAL review, but it's true.

The arrangement is just wonderful, as well. The ultra-lush strings provide such a great backup for Ella's strong voice, and then in the instrumental part in the middle there's this positively GREAT duet between a flute and (what sounds like) an oboe. The notes glide effortlessly up and down like a calm sea--no staccato points to be made here! Just an observation of pleasant, sun-tinged memories, all wistful smiles, and then all of a sudden at the end there's a literal as well as a lyrical change from major to minor and the listener is suddenly, abruptly left with "goodbye".

Like most of these studio Songbook songs, Ella just sings the song, straightforward, no playing around. And you really DON'T want to play around with this song, do you? Even her voice is lacking her usual tongue-in-cheek girlishness. Instead we have a mournful woman, still kinda wondering what happened, what went wrong. There's no answer, only wistful longing....

Sigh. I'm sorry, it's a good one. And a good way to end the week....

Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (1956)

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Cole Porter
Cole Porter

From Wikipedia:


"Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" is a song by Cole Porter, introduced in 1944 in Billy Rose's musical revue, Seven Lively Arts.

As well as being a very pretty song Porter adds a little cleverness; as the lyrics say "major to minor" the tune changes from major to minor chords.


The song became a jazz standard, recorded by Ella Fitzgerald (Verve Records 1956), and again in 1974 on her live Pablo release Ella in London, as well as Dinah Washington John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams, Chet Baker, Eden Brent, and Diana Krall.

Jack Jones recorded it for his 1964 album, Where Love Has Gone. Annie Lennox sang it in Derek Jarman's 1991 film Edward II after recording it for the Red Hot + Blue AIDS awareness tribute album to Cole Porter. Simply Red also included a recording of it on their 1987 album Men and Women.

The song is featured in the 2004 biopic De-Lovely. In the film and soundtrack, the song is sung by Natalie Cole.

Ronnie Milsap covered the song on his 2004 album Just for a Thrill.

Robbie Williams covered the song as a B-Side to his Lazy Days single release. Also the popular German rock band Blumfeld played it as the last song in each concert of their farewell-tour before splitting up in 2007.

Sideshow Bob sings the song in the Simpsons episode Krusty Gets Busted.

Rufus Wainwright performs the song on his 2007 concert DVD, Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!: Live from the London Palladium.