Foolish Lullaby

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"Foolish Lullaby"
Song by Laura Branigan
from the album Hold Me
Producer(s)Jack White
"It's Hard to Say Goodbye"
It's Hard to Say Goodbye.jpg
Promotional single by Paul Anka and Celine Dion
from the album A Body of Work
ReleasedJanuary 25, 1999 (1999-01-25)
Celine Dion singles chronology
"S'il suffisait d'aimer"
"It's Hard to Say Goodbye"
"On ne change pas"

"Foolish Lullaby" is a song by Laura Branigan from her fourth studio album Hold Me (1985). It was written by Jack White and Mark Spiro, and produced by White.

Paul Anka versions[]

Paul Anka 1993 versions[]

In 1993, Paul Anka rewrote "Foolish Lullaby" and recorded it as "It's Hard to Say Goodbye". It was produced by C+C Music Factory. This solo version was included on his 1993 album, Face in the Mirror. He also recorded it as a duet with Filipino singer Regine Velasquez, which was featured on the Asian edition of Face in the Mirror and also on Velasquez's 1993 album, Reason Enough.[1]

Paul Anka and Celine Dion versions[]

In 1996, Anka and Celine Dion recorded a bilingual version of "It's Hard to Say Goodbye", in which Dion sings in Spanish and Anka in English. The Spanish lyrics were written by Adrian Posse and Humberto Gatica, and the track was produced by David Foster. Entitled "Mejor Decir Adios", the song was included on Anka's Amigos album, released on July 30, 1996.

In 1998, Anka and Dion recorded "It's Hard to Say Goodbye" as a duet in English. This version was produced by Foster and Gatica, and included on Anka's A Body of Work album, issued on September 22, 1998.

"It's Hard to Say Goodbye" was released as a promotional single for the US adult contemporary radio stations on January 25, 1999.[2] It included short radio version of the song lasting four minutes and sixteen seconds.[3] Chuck Taylor from Billboard praised the track in his review and compared it to Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond duet, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers".[3] In March 1999, Fred Bronson from Billboard wondered if with "It's Hard to Say Goodbye" Dion could soon have three duets on the Adult Contempotrary chart, as she was already charting with "I'm Your Angel" and "The Prayer".[4] Eventually, "It's Hard to Say Goodbye" did not enter Billboard's AC Top 25 chart, but it reached number twenty-six on the Radio & Records AC Top 30 chart.[5]


  1. ^ "Paul Anka - Face in the Mirror". Discogs. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "AC Top 30" (PDF). Radio & Records. February 5, 1999. p. 76. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Chuck Taylor (February 27, 1999). "Reviews and Previews: AC" (PDF). Billboard. p. 25. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Fred Bronson (March 20, 1999). "Chart Beat: Patsy's Popularity Won't De-Cline" (PDF). Billboard. p. 94. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "AC Top 30" (PDF). Radio & Records. March 5, 1999. p. 74. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
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