Always (Irving Berlin song)

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Sheet music, 1925
Songwriter(s)Irving Berlin

"Always" is a popular song written by Irving Berlin in 1925, as a wedding gift for his wife Ellin Mackay, whom he married in 1926, and to whom he presented the substantial royalties.


Although legend (and Groucho Marx) claimed Berlin wrote the song "Always" for The Cocoanuts, he never meant the song to be included in that musical, and it was not.[2] Thematically, it serves as a sequel to Berlin's earlier song "When I Lost You," which pertained to the death of his first wife Dorothy.

The song entered into the public domain on January 1, 2021.[3]


The song featured at the end of Lonesome (1928)

Everything went wrong,
And the whole day long
I'd feel so blue.
For the longest while
I'd forget to smile,
Then I met you.
Now that my blue days have passed,
Now that I've found you at last -

I'll be loving you Always
With a love that's true Always.
When the things you've planned
Need a helping hand,
I will understand

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.


Popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ Stanley, Bob (2022). "Doing What Comes Naturally: Irving Berlin". Let's Do It - The Birth of Pop Music: A History. New York: Pegasus Books. p. 47.
  2. ^ Bader, Robert S. (2016). Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press. p. 309. ISBN 9780810134164.
  3. ^ "Party Like It's 1925 On Public Domain Day (Gatsby And Dalloway Are In)". NPR. 1 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Always by Irving Berlin".
  5. ^ Wolf, Matt (28 March 2004). "Blithe Spirit". Variety. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  6. ^ Martin, Dick (1980-02-17), Father and Daughter Night, Archie Bunker's Place, Carroll O'Connor, Martin Balsam, Danielle Brisebois, retrieved 2023-12-14