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"Always" is a popular song written by Irving Berlin in 1925, as a wedding gift for his wife Ellin McKay, whom he married in 1926, and to whom he presented the substantial royalties. Although legend (and Groucho Marx) claims Berlin wrote the song "Always" for The Cocoanuts, he never meant for the song to be included in the play.


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The Ink Spots
Written by Irving Berlin

This version not released as a single
Five versions charted in 1926, two in 1944, and two more in 1945.

MONOLOGUE:  I'll be loving you, babe, only always.  With a real crazy love that's 
true    always.  When these dreams that you've planned.. need a little helpin' hand, 
well, say, honey, I'll understand   always.  Yeah, always!  'cause things may not be 
fair,   always.  But that's exactly when I'm gonna be true   always.  Not for just sixty 
minutes, not for twenty-four hours,  not even for a whole darned YEAR, three 
hundred and sixty-five days, but I mean always!!

Things may not be fair always
That's when I'll be there always
Not for just an hour
And not for just a day
Not for just a year but always

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Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was a Russian-born American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. He published his first song, "Marie from Sunny Italy", in 1907 and had his first major international hit, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" in 1911. more »

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