Love Is Here to Stay

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Love Is Here to Stay
by George & Ira Gershwin
Love Is Here To Stay Sheet Music Cover 1.png
Original Cover of George and Ira Gershwin's Love Is Here To Stay
Genre Popular song from the 1938 film The Goldwyn Follies
Publisher Chappell & Co. Inc
Additional music by Vernon Duke

"Love Is Here to Stay" is a popular song and jazz standard. The music was written by George Gershwin with lyrics by Ira Gershwin for the movie The Goldwyn Follies (1938).


“Love Is Here to Stay” was first performed by Kenny Baker in The Goldwyn Follies but did not reach popularity until 1951 when it was sung by Gene Kelly to Leslie Caron in the film An American in Paris.[1] The song later went on to appear in several other films, including Forget Paris (1995) and Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979). It can also be heard in the film When Harry Met Sally (1989) sung by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.[2]

An instrumental version of the song is heard in an episode of The Honeymooners when Alice turns to Ralph and says: “I loved you ever since the day I walked in your bus and you shortchanged me."[3]

The song is also used in the musical, The 1940's Radio Hour;[4] however, it was not included in the 2015 Broadway musical An American in Paris.[5]


“Love Is Here to Stay” was the last musical composition George Gershwin completed before his death on July 11, 1937. Ira Gershwin wrote the words after George's death as a tribute to his brother’s passing. Although George had not initially written a verse for the song, he did have an idea for it that both Ira and pianist Oscar Levant had heard prior to his death.[1] Later, when a verse was needed, Ira and Levant recalled what they knew George had had in mind, and composer Vernon Duke reconstructed the music for the verse at the beginning of the song.[1][6]

Originally titled "It's Here to Stay" and then "Our Love Is Here to Stay", the song was finally published as "Love Is Here to Stay". Ira Gershwin said that he wanted to change the song's name back to "Our Love Is Here to Stay" for years, but felt that it wouldn't be right since the song had already become a standard.[6]

The Goldwyn Follies[edit]

Ira Gershwin recalls: “So little footage was given to “Love Is Here to Stay” - I think only one refrain - that it meant little in the ‘’The Goldwyn Follies’’.”[1] Oscar Levant remembers the producer for the film calling Gershwin into a conference one afternoon and insisting that he play the entire score for a panel of attendees. The experience infuriated George, who thought that he had progressed past this stage in his career as a composer.[7] S. N. Behrman visited Gershwin a few days before he died and wrote that George told him: “I had to live for this - that Sam Goldwyn should say to me: “Why don’t you write hits like Irving Berlin?”.[8]


The song has been performed by many artists. Notable versions include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Jablonski, Edward (1988). Gershwin: A Biography. Simon & Schuster=. p. 317. ISBN 0671699318. 
  2. ^ "When Harry Met Sally (1989)". Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  3. ^ William Grimes (March 17, 1993). "Islands: 'Honeymooners' Isn't Over, As Early Sketches Turn Up". The New York Times. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ "1940s Radio Hour". Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ Marilyn Stasio (April 12, 2015). "Islands: Broadway Review: 'An American in Paris'". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Love Is Here to Stay (1938)". Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Levant, Oscar (1942). A Smattering of Ignorance. Garden City Publishing=. p. 196. 
  8. ^ Jablonski, Edward (1992). Gershwin Remembered. Amadeus Press=. p. 157. ISBN 0-931340-43-8. 
  9. ^ "Four Freshmen – Four Freshmen And Five Trombones". Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Dave Brubeck : Plays and Plays and Plays". Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Eric Clapton : Old Sock". Retrieved 8 December 2014.