Listen to Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye’ from Past Lives soundtrack

South Korean/Germa actor Teo Yoo’s new film Past Lives was released in American movie theaters over the weekend to universal critical acclaim.

As of yet, the Celine Song-written and directed movie is not available on any streaming service but, according to Apple TV Plus, will be hitting their streaming service soon.

If you have already seen the film, however, you will already know features has several superb songs on its soundtrack.

Songs that include Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye‘, which was played in the film as the girls tell their mother what their American names will be.

When was Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye‘ released?

While ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye‘ was written by Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer songwriter was not the first person to release it.

Instead, that was Judy Collins, who released ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye‘  in November, 1967.

Cohen’s version then came out a month later on his debut studio album Songs of Leonard Cohen.

The song itself is about a couple who have fallen out of love, and know they will soon part.

But, even when they do, he wants them both to be able to walk away free of any regrets or responsibilities:

You know, my love goes with you as your love stays with me
It’s just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea
But let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can′t untie

Listen to Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye‘ as heard on the new indie movie Past Lives in the video, and on the singer’s Songs of Leonard Cohen album via Spotify.

The song is a Cohen favorite on Spotify, where it has almost 25 million streams so far.


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.