The first time this song appears on The Sound of Music it is the Von Trapp Family children singing goodnight to the guests at their party.
But later in the movie ‘So Long, Farewell’ is sang by Maria and The Captain when they have to part ways.
It is one of the last songs written by Oscar Hammerstein II, who died 9 months after the play opened.
And the bells in the steeple too
And up in the nursery an absurd little bird
Is popping out to say “cuckoo”
But firmly they compel us Cuckoo, cuckoo
To say goodbye
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight
Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu
I´d like to stay and taste my first champagne
I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye
I´m glad to go, I cannot tell a lie
I flit, I float, I fleetly flee, I fly
The sun has gone to bed and so must I
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye