♫ Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye ♫

Those who saw my post titled Just For Laughs yesterday will fully understand why this song has been in my head since early yesterday afternoon, and why I am playing it for this morning’s music post!

This is a song written and recorded by Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo and Dale Frashuer, attributed to a then-fictitious band they named “Steam”. It was released under the Mercury subsidiary label Fontana and became a number one pop single on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1969, and remained on the charts in early 1970.

Leka, DeCarlo and Frashuer wrote a blues shuffle version of the song in the early 1960s when they were members of a doo-wop group from Bridgeport, Connecticut, called the Glenwoods, the Citations, and the Chateaus, of which Leka was the piano player. The group disbanded when Leka talked Frashuer into going into New York City with him to write and possibly produce. In 1968, DeCarlo recorded four songs at Mercury Records in New York with Leka as producer. The singles impressed the company’s executives, who wanted to issue all of them as A-side singles. In need of a B-side, Leka and DeCarlo resurrected an old song from their days as the Glenwoods, Kiss Him Goodbye, with their old bandmate, Frashuer.

According to Paul Leka …

“I said we should put a chorus to it to make it longer.  I started writing while I was sitting at the piano going ‘na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na’… Everything was ‘na na’ when you didn’t have a lyric.”

The song reached #1 in the U.S., #6 in Canada, and #9 in the UK.

Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
Steam

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

He’ll never love you, the way that I love you
‘Cause if he did, no no, he wouldn’t make you cry
He might be thrillin’ baby but a-my love
(My love, my love)

So dog-gone willin’, so kiss him
(I wanna see you kiss him, wanna see you kiss him)
Go on and kiss him goodbye, now

Na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

Listen to me now

He’s never near you to comfort and cheer you
When all those sad tears are fallin’ baby from your eyes
He might be thrillin’ baby but a-my love
(My love, my love)

So dog-gone willin’, so kiss him
(I wanna see you kiss him, I wanna see you kiss him)
Go on and kiss him goodbye, na na na na, na na na

Na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

Hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

Hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

Hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye
Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Dale Frashuer / Gary De Carlo / Paul Leka
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

28 thoughts on “♫ Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye ♫

  1. This song is used everywhere as a paean (pain) to the losing side of any battle, and the Jimmy Kimmel version was absolutely hilarious. Poor Donnie. But truth be told, I like my Mickey Mouse Club parody way better as a farewell to The Donald.
    As for Steam, this song is the only recording I ever heard of theirs. I wonder what the 4 A sides were supposed to be.
    Guess I go go check Wikipedia, lol.

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    • Well, Jill, thank you for another trip down memory lane. Looking for other songs by Steam, I found a song, I’ve Cried a Million Tears, which I thought I remembered, but when I played it, yuck, it was just a remake of Kiss Him Goodbye, only different. So what song was I thinking of? Wait a Million Years, by the Grass Roots. I had forgotten all about all the hits the Grass Roots had, other than the only one I ever hear anymore, Live for Today, which I love. But what about Where We’re You When I Needed You? Temptation Eyes? Midnight Confessions? Bella Linda? Two Divided by Love? Sooner or Later? and more! What a trip! Thanks, Jill. And thanks, Ellen.
      Now I’m wondering what other songs, what other bands I’ve forgotten. Gary Puckett and the Union Gap! Tommy James and the Shondells! Tommy Roe, kinda. Even Gary Lewis and the Playboys! Dino, Dezi, and Billy! Wow, the lust goes on forever!
      But Steam, a one hit wonder, I think.

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  2. Quite possibly one of the dullest, least imaginative songs ever to hit the charts! It was covered here in the 80s by the girl group Bananarama, which gave DJs a challenge if they put the group name and song title together. Their version wasn’t any better, though 😉

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