Words & Music: Irving Berlin (1925)

Lyrics

I’ll be loving you always,
With a love that’s true always.
When the things you plan
Need a helping hand,
I will understand, always, always….

Days may not be fair always,
That’s when I’ll be there always,
Not for just an hour,
Not for just a day,
Not for just a year, but always.

Background

“Always” was written by Berlin as a wedding gift for his wife Ellin McKay, whom he married in 1926, and to whom he presented the substantial royalties. The song was supposed to be used for the Marx Brothers Broadway musical (later film) The Cocoanuts (1927) but was cut by Berlin during out-of-town tryouts.

Performances

Here’s a Frank Sinatra recording from 1961. He sings it very bright and “swingy.” We usually recommend it performed  more intimately, but of course this is still a great recording – it is Sinatra after all!

Here is a 1926 recording, with verse, by the tenor Henry Burr:

And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

Always