The Corner

Further on “Always”

In a Corner post on Friday, I had occasion to tell a favorite story about Irving Berlin and his song “Always.” A reader wrote to remind me of a famous story about George S. Kaufman. There are several versions, but the gist is the same. “In contrast to Berlin,” said our reader, “Kaufman was an inveterate womanizer and deeply cynical about love. The story goes that he tried to convince Berlin that the song was unrealistic. ‘It just seemed too optimistic. I suggested to Irving that he change ‘I’ll be loving you, always’ to ‘I’ll be loving you, Thursday.’” True enough: There are “Thursday” people and “always” people. Probably more in the first camp than in the second — which makes those in the second all the more treasurable.

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