Oh why must we say goodbye?
I've heard that word in every land
'Ke ora te tura' the Polynesians say
Farewell, dear friend
We'll meet another day
From far Japan, 'sayonara' they cry
I wish they didn't mean goodbye
I hear 'au revoir' and long for gay Paree
In Rome, 'arividerci,' they fondly say to me
As I sail from fair Hawaii I hear 'aloha oe'
Oh, I wish they didn't mean goodbye
As I leave London town I hear their 'cheerio'
From Spain 'hasta mañana'
'Adios' from Mexico
And Vienna's old refrain is a sad 'auf wiedersehen'
Oh I wish they didn't mean goodbye
'Aloha oe,' I hear them sigh
But I wish they didn't mean goodbye