Nine’s I Will Always Love You – Lyrics by Dolly Parton


I Will Always Love You was written by Dolly Parton in 1967 after a devasting break-up. She released more than one performance of this song; they hit on both country and pop charts.  Whitney Houston’s version made it even more popular.

I have a soft spot in my heart for it because I sang it at the TOP of my lungs to my colicky daughter trying to compete with her screaming. It made me laugh to try to match Whitney’s high notes, and, I needed that.

Of course it is perfect for the love story in Nine as heartbreaking as it is. Here is hoping the end of the drama will have a different theme. Any suggestions?

I Will Always Love You

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, ooh

I will always love you


My darling you

Bittersweet memories

That is all I’m taking with me

So good-bye

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 You, ooh

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3 Responses to Nine’s I Will Always Love You – Lyrics by Dolly Parton

  1. EE says:

    I have always preferred the Dolly version (and sure, maybe the Whitney version becoming completely inescapable has something to do with that). In general I am not much of a country music fan, although I can probably think of a few single song exceptions. There is something about Dolly’s that is so pure and young and naive, like she is sincerely wishing the best for the fella it was never going to work with. Whitney’s seemed a little more about holding the notes a little longer and almost a “I will be better off without you” attitude. As for Nine . . . I am hoping SW gets everything he wants once he is willing to give it all up. Like true selflessness will be rewarded.

    • jomo143 says:

      Dolly’s is heartbreaking. Whitney’s is about power.
      Dolly is a force of nature that nobody could have predicted. I am always in awe of the singer/songwriter type of performer. Both are extremely difficult to do well, let alone both.

  2. cass says:

    I will always love Dolly’s version too, and the lyrics are so heartbreaking. I first heard/saw her sing this in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and was surprised that it was a second version (the first being about her breakup with her long time collaborator and mentor. The words fit so beautifully as a goodbye from her character of the Brothel owner to her Sherriff lover. I actually own the same vinyl album of The Bodyguard soundtrack, as used in Nine, and remember clearly going to see the film on Boxing Day 1992, the day it opened in the UK. The WH version of the song was at the top of the charts here in the UK for over 3 months I seem to remember.

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