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40 years ago… “Never Can Say Goodbye” #jackson5

On March 16th, 1971,  ”Never Can Say Goodbye/She’s Good” (Motown 1179) was released.

First single from the “Maybe Tomorrow" album in March 1971, "Never Can Say Goodbye" is an original version by the Jackson 5. A few month later, the song was covered by Isaac Hayes, and by Gloria Gaynor in 1974. 

Clifton Davis wrote this song especially for Michael Jackson.

never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, i never can say goodbye

even though the pain and heartache
seem to follow me wherever i go
though i tried, tried to hide my feelings
they always seem to show
then you try to say you’re leaving me
and i always have to say no
tell me why is it so
that i never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, no, i never can say goodbye

every time i think i’ve had enough
and start heading for the door
there’s a very strange vibration
that piercing me right to the core
it says turn around you fool
you know you love her more and more
tell me why is it so
don’t wanna let you go

i never can say you goodbye, girl
(never can say goodbye, girl)
ooh ooh baby
(don’t wanna let you go, girl)
i never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, no, no
i never can say you goodbye, girl
(never can say goodbye, girl)
ooh ooh
(don’t wanna let you go, girl)
i never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, no, no

never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, i never can say goodbye

i keep thinking that our problems
soon are all gonna work out 
but there’s that same unhappy feeling
and there’s that anguish, there’s that doubt
it’s the same old dizzy hang up
can’t do with you or without
tell me why is it so
don’t wanna let you go

i never can say you goodbye, girl
(hey babe)
ooh ooh baby
(don’t wanna let you go, girl)
i never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, no, no
i never can say you goodbye, girl
(never can say goodbye, girl)
ooh
(hey babe)
i never can say goodbye
no, no, no, no, no, no



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