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Every Time You Go Away

by

Paul Young



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This was written and originally recorded by Hall & Oates in 1980; Young's version became a hit 5 years later. In the October 16, 2009 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Daryl Hall listed this as one of his favorite Hall & Oates songs, and explained: "Paul Young had a pop hit with it a few years after we released it. It's just one of those songs. I feel very proud of its craftsmanship."
This was the biggest hit for Young. He contributed to Band Aid in 1984, and had hits with covers of R&B classics "Oh Girl" and "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted."
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Comments (10):

Yeah, that is the pat of the film that gets me too. This is a great song, it brings me back to the mid-80's which was part of my life when time stood still. Thanks.
- Jim, Long Beach, CA
In the final scene of the John Hughes classic 1987 comedy "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" this song is played (sung by another artist). No matter how many times I watch that movie (in the hundreds now), I still get misty during that scene as the entire movie comes together and you find out that John Candy's character (Del Griffith) is homeless after the death of his wife whom he dearly loved. It is a scene that is wonderfully acted out by a truly underappreciated Candy. Sadly John Hughes life ended this past summer.
- john, Grand Island, NY
This a lovely song. I think that all people are run by their desires so they can see in it what they want or rather what their defects are. If you like canabis or other drugs, you wiil read it says about it. If you are a drunkard, you find it talking about abuse of spirit.If you tend to be a sort 'young female buds' lover, you acnowledge it talking about sex. So it is not the song that says about different evils, but perverted human minds which can notice things in accordance with their curved desires. It is as simple as that.
- Slav, Warsaw, Poland
This has long been one of my favorite songs in the sense that I loved hearing it despite even when it got so much radio airplay when it was first considered a *hit*, that you'd normally tire of listening to it.
I still feel the same way about it today.
- Lee, Euclid, OH
Just another okay UK copy of a great song written by an American.
- Kal, Worthing, England
Correction: The "other" Paul Young died from a heart attack, not an aneurysm.
- Joshua, Twin Cities, MN
Interestingly, at about the same time this song charted in the U.S., a different singer named Paul Young also charted as a member of Mike & the Mechanics with "All I Need Is A Miracle". That Paul Young would record five albums with Mike & the Mechanics before dying of a brain aneurysm in 2000.
- Joshua, Twin Cities, MN
They play this song at the end of the movie, "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles," when Steve Martin and John Candy finally make it home.
- Anne, Atlanta, GA
While this was his biggest international hit Paul had a No1 hit in the UK with his third single 'wherever I lay my hat' in 1983
- Tony (Joycey), Liverpool, England
The bass player on Paul's version is Pino Palladino, and it's one of the most recognizable fretless bass in music.
- geoff, san Francisco, CA
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