If I should stay
Well I would only be in your way
And so I'll go, and yet I know
I'll think of you each step of the way

And I will always love you
I will always love you

Bitter-sweet memories
That's all I'm taking with me
Good-bye, please don't cry
'Cause we both know that I'm not
What you need

But I will always love you
I will always love you

And I hope life, will treat you kind
And I hope that you have all
That you ever dreamed of
Oh I do wish you joy
And I wish you happiness
But above all this
I wish you love
I love you
I will always love you

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

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I Will Always Love You Lyrics as written by Dolly Parton

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  • +2
    Song MeaningDolly parton wrote the song for Porter Wagoner to tell him that it was time for her to leave the Porter Wagoner show.
    keis185336049on October 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbeautifull.
    about loving someone but having to let them go because you know your not their "one" and still wishing them the best.
    concreteskieson January 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is written from the point of view of someone who's capable of genuine love. She realizes that she is not the best fit for her lover, and makes a sacrifice for his happiness. This kind of transcendental love is very rare.
    herbivoreon December 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDude its a lot more than that and ish a beautiful song
    FridayThe13thNikon September 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of myself..not tht i love myself..lol..no no! but the first few lines ..."if i should stay..I wood only be in your way.." it reminds me of the time i wood cut and harm myself..and those thoughts wood come into my head..'i'm only in ppl's way..they don't want me'
    Amy*Loves*Colinon October 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably Dolly's best song ever.

    The story I'd heard is that she wrote it as a farewell to Porter Wagoner, but when I tried to verify that information, I found that "I Will Always Love You" was released in February, 1974, while Porter and Dolly released an album in August, 1974, and another in August, 1975. So, I doubt that Dolly addressed the song to Porter since it was released just before the pinnacle of their joint career.

    One thing is for sure: Dolly Parton's rendition of "I Will Always Love You" is the best there has ever been.
    tantalumtellurideon January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know about those albums you mention, but my guess would be that they were recorded before this one and only released later. This song was on the album Jolene, which was her first solo after officially leaving Porter's show, so I think it's still likely addressed to him.

    And I agree, this is easily better than all subsequent versions.
    bokononiston June 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAm I the only person who gets oh so annoyed when people claim Whitney wrote this song?
    electroCUTIE.on March 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSerious song, way better version than the more popular one. Dolly Parton is very talented
    Squirt_gunon June 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI will love you my whole life. I know I"m not the one for you but I hope the best for you. Dont be sad cause I love you. I know you deserve better than me. BUt no matter what I will always be there for you. I'll love you my whole life, Emily. You and no other.
    brad519on July 18, 2008   Link

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