Time To Say Goodbye

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For today’s featured song, I am going quite a bit off the normal path.  I first heard this song watching the movie Step Brothers.  Will Ferrell sings this song at the Annual Catalina Wine Mixer at the end of the movie.  When I first heard it, it just seemed like some funny, wierd, foreign song.  To be honest, I liked the flow of the melody so I looked a little more into the song.  You can read the extensive history of the song I have included here, but in a nutshell, I discovered the power and beauty of this song and just fell in love with it.

It is a classic song of saying goodbye to someone who has been a love of your life.  Classic material for any moving song, but the melody line and the soprano and tenor voices provided by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli, take this song to a whole other dimension.  It really is a knock out song and it is easy to see why this song has been such a huge hit around the world. 

I would give just about anything to have the voice that Andrea Bocelli does, but I don’t, so I will just have to enjoy listening to it instead.  I think if you take the time to really listen to this song, you will fall in love with it too.  Enjoy!

Offical video of the song performed by Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli.

Live version of the song performed by Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli in 1997.

Live version of the song performed by Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany.

America’s Got Talent Finale.  Jackie Evancho & Sarah Brightman sing the song in the finale and bring the house down.  Amazing performance!

Will Ferrell singing the song in Step Brothers.  Of course I had to include this.  It was how I was introduced to the song.

time to say 2Con te partirò(literally meaning “With you I will leave”) is an Italian Classical crossover song written by Francesco Sartori (music) and Lucio Quarantotto (lyrics), for Andrea Bocelli, who first sang it at the 1995 Sanremo Festival and recorded it on his album of the same year, Bocelli.  The single was first released as an A-side single with “Vivere” in 1995, topping the charts, first in France, where it became one of the best selling singles of all time, and then in Belgium, breaking the all-time record sales there.

A second version of the song, sung partly in English, released in 1996 as “Time to Say Goodbye“, paired Bocelli with English soprano Sarah Brightman, and achieved even greater success, topping charts all across Europe, including Germany, where it became the biggest-selling single in history.  That version alone has now sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, making it one of best-selling singles of all time.

Bocelli also recorded a completely Spanish version of the song, titled “Por ti volaré“.  The song, under all three versions, is considered Bocelli’s signature song.

The song’s original single release by Polydor Records was not commercially successful in Italy, and received little radio airplay there.  Elsewhere, however, it was a massive hit.  In France and Switzerland, the single topped the charts for 6 weeks, earning a triple Gold sales award.  In Belgium, it became the biggest hit of all time, spending 12 weeks at No. 1.

In Germany, East West Records, in conjunction with Polydor, time to say 3marketed a version of “Con Te Partirò” retitled “Time to Say Goodbye”, and with some lyrics changed, as the theme song for the final match of boxer Henry Maske (then the light-heavyweight champion of the International Boxing Federation), having seen previous success when Vangelis‘s “Conquest of Paradise” was also promoted via Maske’s fights.  “Time to Say Goodbye” was also turned into a duet with Sarah Brightman, who had performed “A Question of Honour” for one of Maske’s previous fights.  German producer Frank Peterson, who has worked with Brightman since 1991, opted to give the song an English title rather than the German title “Mit Dir Werde Ich Fortgehen“.  Recording of the song took place at Peterson’s Nemo Studio, in Hamburg.

The match took place on November 23, 1996, pitting Maske against American Virgil Hill, and drew a television broadcast audience of over 21 million.  Bocelli and Brightman performed the song to open the match, and it was used again during Maske’s exit.

time to say 4By December, the “Time to Say Goodbye” single, released on East West, had reached number one on the German singles chart, with sales estimated at 40,000–60,000 per day and projected for at least one million by the end of the year.  Both singers’ albums also received a boost in sales. Airplay on German radio stations such as Norddeutscher Rundfunk was well received by listeners. By February of the following year, the single had broken the all-time sales record in Germany with 1.65 million sales, and would eventually get certified 11x Gold for selling over 2,750,000 copies.  It is also the best-selling single in Belgium.

“Time to Say Goodbye” reached number two on the UK Singles Chart upon its release there in May 1997, and was certified gold.  It remained in the top 30 for another two months, helped by steady radio airplay on BBC Radio 2, which was overtaking Radio 1 in popularity with an MOR-oriented playlist.

The duet was included on Brightman’s 1997 album Timeless, re-titled as Time to Say Goodbye in the U.S. with the song itself moved to the start of the album. Brightman has also recorded a solo version, which was released on the duet single as well as later albums including “Classics” and “Diva the singles collection”.  A live version was released on “Harem world tour, live from Las Vegas” cd as well as her various tour DVDs.  Bocelli and Brightman have performed the duet together publicly several times including Andrea’s “Statue of Liberty concert” held in New York City, and “Live in Tuscany” concerts.

Since its release, the song has spawned numerous other versions and been performed by numerous other singers.  Notable alternate versions include “Por ti volaré”, a Spanish version with significantly modified lyrics, and “I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)“, a dance version performed by Donna Summer.  In 2001, Journey guitarist Neal Schon released a solo album, Voice, which features an instrumental version of the song.  Nana Mouskouri recorded a version on the 1997 album, “Hommages”.

A Taiwanese singer A-Mei (Zhang Hui Mei) recorded the song in Chinese version in the year 2000 (album “Ge Sheng Mei Ying”) with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins recorded a version of thetime to say 5 song and included it on her 2004 album Second Nature.  Jenkins’ version was also released as a single on February 21, 2005.  Gregory Lemarchal recorded a version for his album “La voix d’un ange” which was posthumously released in 2007 as Lemarchal died of cystic fibrosis in April 2007 at the age of 23.  New Zealand singer Hayley Westenra included a version on her 2007 album, Amazing Grace — The Best of Hayley Westenra.  Swedish singer Sanna Nielsen made an English-Swedish version of the song, which was included in her album Sanna 11-22.  Andre Rieu with Mirusia Louwerse also recorded a version of this song on the album You’ll never walk alone.

In 2004, trumpeter Chris Botti‘s rendition was released on When I Fall in Love.

In 2007 Chilean singer Carolina Soto recorded a Spanish cover version called “Por Ti Volaré”.  It was a success in Chile, because Carolina was featured in a popular TV talent show, which was called “Rojo Fama Contra Fama”.

The song was covered by Italian House DJ Gigi D’agostino in his 2006 compilation album Some Experiments.

South African tenor, Fanie de Jager, recorded Con Te Partirò (Time To Say Goodbye) on his classical CD, My Classical Soul, in 2007.

The pipes and drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards covered the song for their 2007 album, Spirit of the Glen.

In 2008 Danish pop duo The Loft released their single “Kiss You Goodbye” based on “Con te partirò”/”Time to Say Goodbye” and containing samples from the originals.

The heavy/thrash/rock/pop guitarist Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) covers this song in his 9th studio album “Bad D.N.A” released in Japan August 25, 2010.

Japanese classical-crossover singer Kanon recorded a version of the song and included it on her 2007 album Precious.  French classical-crossover tenor Amaury Vassili also did the same on his 2010 album Canterò.

Also, in 2010, America’s Got Talent‘s Jackie Evancho performed the English version of Con Te Partiró (“Time To Say Goodbye) alongside Sarah Brightman

In 2011, American progressive/electro house producer ZHU composed a progressive house song with the melody and samples of “Con te partirò” as a tribute to Bocelli entitled “Con ZHU partirò”.

time to say 6British singer Joe McElderry recorded “Time To Say Goodbye” for his 2011 album, Classic.  A music video was filmed for McElderry’s version to promote the album.  The video was filmed in Hackney on August 8, 2011, during the 2011 England riots.  The music video premiered on August 22, the album’s release date.  The video cuts between shots of McElderry in a black & white scene singing while sitting on a chair and coloured scenes of him packing up suitcases, writing a goodbye letter, and leaving.  Though after he leaves, the suitcase he left opens and the contents, including the letter, fall down the stairs.

Donald Braswell II recorded this song on his 2011 album, Unchained.

Operatic pop group Il Divo covered the song entitled, Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) as the 10th and final track from the group’s 2011 album Wicked Game.

Although the song is most associated with sporting events, it has featured frequently in film and television and is a favourite concert item.  It is also a very popular piece for funerals.

Time To Say Goodbye

by Francesco Sartori (music) and Lucio Quarantotto (lyrics)

Quando sono solo
sogno all’orizzonte
e mancan le parole,
si lo so che non c’è luce
in una stanza quando manca il sole,
se non ci sei tu con me,
Su le finestre
mostra a tutti il mio cuore
che hai acceso,
chiudi dentro me
la lace che
hai incontrato per strada,Time to say goodbye
Paesi che non ho mai
veduto e vissuto con te,
adesso si li vivro’
Con te partiro’
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono più
It’s time to say goodbye

Quando sei lontana
sogno all’orizzonte
e mancan le parole,
e io si lo so
che sie con me, con me,
tu mia luna tu sei qui con me,
mio sole tu sei qui con me, con me, con me, con me

Time to say goodbye
Paesi che non ho mai
veduto e vissuto con te,
adesso si li vivrò.
Con te partirò,
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono più,
con te io li rivivrò.
Con te partirò
su navi per mari
che, io lo so,
no, no, non esistono più.
con te io li rivivrò.
Con te partirò…
Io con te.


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3 Responses to Time To Say Goodbye

  1. Friday Bridge says:

    Also sung as Con Te Partiro at the June 2012 Bouquet of Opera in St. Petersburg, Russia. This time by World renown Coloratura Soprano Sumi Jo, and Jackie Evancho as their finale. available on YouTube. The audience was estimated to be about 100,000. Pretty amazing.

  2. ben Surbana says:

    Here is a rendition by Evancho and Bocelli, in 2015:

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