Love Is Here to Stay

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"Love Is Here to Stay"
Original cover of George and Ira Gershwin's "Love Is Here to Stay"
Published1938 by Chappell & Co.
GenrePop, jazz
Composer(s)George Gershwin
Lyricist(s)Ira Gershwin

"Love Is Here to Stay" is a popular song and jazz standard composed 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 became popular when it was sung by Gene Kelly to Leslie Caron in the film An American in Paris (1951); however, it was not included in the 2015 Broadway musical An American in Paris.[1][2] The song appeared in Forget Paris (1995) and Manhattan (1979).

It can also be heard in the film When Harry Met Sally... (1989) sung by Harry Connick Jr.[3]

An instrumental version of the song is sometimes heard in certain episodes of the American television sitcom The Honeymooners when Ralph Kramden apologizes to his wife Alice.[4][5][6]

The song is also used in the musical The 1940's Radio Hour.[7]


"Love Is Here to Stay" was the last musical composition George Gershwin completed before his death on July 11, 1937. Ira Gershwin wrote the lyrics after George's death as a tribute to his brother. Although George had not written a verse for the song, he did have an idea for it that both Ira and pianist Oscar Levant had heard before his death. When a verse was needed, Ira and Levant recalled what George had in mind. Composer Vernon Duke reconstructed the music for the verse at the beginning of the song.[2][8] 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 for years he wanted to change the song's name back to "Our Love Is Here to Stay," but he felt it wouldn't be right since the song had already become a standard.[8]

The Goldwyn Follies[edit]

Ira Gershwin recalled, "So little footage was given to 'Love Is Here to Stay' — I think only one refrain — that it meant little in The Goldwyn Follies."[2] 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.[9] 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?' "[10]

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  1. ^ Marilyn Stasio (April 12, 2015). "Islands: Broadway Review: 'An American in Paris'". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Jablonski, Edward (1988). Gershwin. London: Simon & Schuster. p. 317. ISBN 0671699318.
  3. ^ "When Harry Met Sally (1989)". Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel. "Love Is Here to Stay (1938)". Retrieved March 25, 2024. Love Is Here to Stay - The Honeymooners (1955) Ralph Kramden's apology to Alice music
  5. ^ William Grimes (March 17, 1993). "Islands: 'Honeymooners' Isn't Over, As Early Sketches Turn Up". The New York Times. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Jackie Gleason: The Jackie Gleason Story. Our Love Is Here To Stay. "Ralph Kramden's Apology to Alice". 2013. Spotify.
  7. ^ "1940s Radio Hour". Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Jazz Standards Songs and Instrumentals (Love Is Here to Stay)". Jazz Standards. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  9. ^ Levant, Oscar (1942). A Smattering of Ignorance. Garden City Publishing. p. 196.
  10. ^ Jablonski, Edward (1992). Gershwin Remembered (1 ed.). Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press. p. 157. ISBN 0-931340-43-8.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. pp. 324–326. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.

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