It was introduced 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. 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".
Ev'ry time we say goodbye I die a little Ev'ry time we say goodbye I wonder why a little Why the Gods above me who must be in the know Think so little of me they allow you to go
When you're near there's such an air of spring about it I can hear a lark somewhere waiting to sing about it There's no love song finer But how strange the change from major to minor Ev'ry time we say goodbye.