I Will Always Love You Lyrics

[Verse 1]
If I should stay
I would only be in your way
So I'll go, but I know
I'll think of you every step of the way

And I will always love you
I will always love you

My darling, you
Mm, mm

[Verse 2]
Bittersweet memories
That is all I'm taking with me
So goodbye, please, don't cry
We both know I'm not what you, you need

And I will always love you
I will always love you
[Instrumental Bridge]

[Verse 3]
I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you've dreamed of
And I wish to you joy and happiness
But above all this, I wish you love

And I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you, I
I will always love you, you

Darling, I love you
Ooh, I'll always, I'll always love you

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“I Will Always Love You” was covered by Whitney Houston and recorded for her 1992 film The Bodyguard. The song was originally written by Dolly Parton and released on June 6, 1974 as the second single from her thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene.

Houston’s cover has since become one of the best-selling singles of all time and contributed to The Bodyguard being the top-selling soundtrack of all time. Kevin Costner, Houston’s male opposite and one of the film’s co-producers, is actually responsible for suggesting this song for Houston to cover in the film’s first track release. He brought the original song to composer David Foster, who rearranged it as a pop ballad for Houston.

It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for fourteen consecutive weeks; at the time, this was a record for longest number one. It also reached #3 on the Hot 100 after Houston’s death in 2012.


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It’s one of the top-selling singles of all time, and the soundtrack from the movie The Bodyguard is the top-selling movie soundtrack of all time.

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Release Date
November 3, 1992
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