It’s Hard To Say Goodbye was the first collaboration with songwriting duo Roger Nichols and Paul Williams in the late 60’s. Originally performed by French singer-actress Claudine Longet, this track was included in her 1968 album Love is Blue. Claudine’s voice has a kind of whispery and ethereal feel to the song, unique to several French chanteuse of her time.
The song tells about a poignant farewell, simple in its rendition with its associated silence and regret. It’s a kind of goodbye that is spoken in feather-like tones and soft tears. A farewell that has no drawn-out arguments or tiresome resentments.