Leslie's Omnibus

The Great Debate

One song divides people as to who delivers the best version like no other:
I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton

If I should stay
Well, I would only be in your way
And so I'll go, and yet I know
That I'll think of you each step of my way
And I will always love you.
I will always love you.

Bitter-sweet memories
That's all I have, and all Im taking with me
Good-bye, oh, 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.

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

I will always love you.
I will always love you.
Eric Zorn swears by the Linda Ronstadt version. My girlfriend Carolyn goes totally psycho for the Whitney Houston version, belting it out and emoting like she is Whitney and Kevin Costner is tearing her apart. Purists swear by Dolly Parton's original recording.

I'll go you one further. The very best version of this song recorded is in the scene of The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas for which it was written:


Now that's how it should be sung.
Leslie

2 comments:

Kevin said...

Actually, it was written by her in 1973 for Porter Waggoner. She was his protege (he featured her on his tv show and convinced RCA to give her a recording contract), but she left in 1973 to pursue her solo career. I think her original recording was the best; it was the song my daughter and I danced to at her wedding.

Omnibus Driver said...

Aw, geeze. I had a hard enough time making through "Daddy's Little Girl" without turning into a soggy mass of tears. That would have killed both Darling Daddy and me!