As Time Goes By
Harry Nilsson Lyrics


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You must remember this
A kiss is still a kiss
A sigh is just a sigh
The fundamental things apply as time goes by

And when two lovers woo
They still say "I love you"
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings, as time goes by

Moonlight and love songs never out of date
Hearts full of passion, jealousy, and hate
Woman needs man, and man must have his mate

That, no one can deny
It's still the same old story
A fight for love and glory




A case of do or die
The world will always welcome lovers as time goes by

Overall Meaning

The song "As Time Goes By" by Harry Nilsson is a love song that speaks to the timeless nature of love and the eternal power of relationships that have stood the test of time. The opening lyrics "You must remember this / A kiss is still a kiss / A sigh is just a sigh" call to mind the idea that the fundamental aspects of human relationships remain unchanged in the face of the passage of time. The song goes on to explain how even when lovers come and go, the passionate feelings of love and the desire for connection remain.


In the second section of the lyrics, Nilsson speaks to the universality of love, expressing the idea that no matter what generation we belong to, or what cultural background we come from, we will always understand the power of love. The lines, "Moonlight and love songs never out of date / Hearts full of passion, jealousy, and hate" ultimately show us that regardless of how much our world changes or progresses, the nature of human relationships will always remain the same.


The song ultimately concludes by suggesting that the world will "always welcome lovers as time goes by." This is a powerful message indicating that love and relationships, though often complicated and uncertain, will always be a fundamental aspect of the human experience.


Line by Line Meaning

You must remember this
It's important to keep in mind


A kiss is still a kiss
Even with the constant change in society, love remains timeless and simple


A sigh is just a sigh
An expression of emotion holds a universal meaning that transcends time


The fundamental things apply as time goes by
Certain aspects of life will remain unchanged as time goes on


And when two lovers woo
When romantic partners court each other


They still say "I love you"
Expressing love verbally remains crucial in maintaining a relationship


On that you can rely
You can be certain that love will continue to be expressed between partners


No matter what the future brings, as time goes by
Regardless of what changes might come, love remains a constant


Moonlight and love songs never out of date
Romantic moments will always be treasured


Hearts full of passion, jealousy, and hate
Emotions will always be intense in a relationship


Woman needs man, and man must have his mate
Humans are biologically wired to desire companionship with a romantic partner


That, no one can deny
This is universally understood and true


It's still the same old story
The basic story of love remains unchanged over time


A fight for love and glory
Love and honor are often intertwined


A case of do or die
The intensity of emotions in love can make it feel like a life or death situation


The world will always welcome lovers as time goes by
The world will always be a place for love and romance, regardless of modern changes




Lyrics © CONSALAD CO., Ltd., BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Sentric Music, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Herman Hupfeld

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Comments from YouTube:

Roy Brand

One of the best top five albums of all time, and his rendition of "As time goes by" easily the best version of this song ever recorded. Still missing you Harry.

Colette Fleck

Best version of this song ever so full of feeling what a wonderful man and singer such a gifted voice.

Cinta Rocko

This song is Epic by HARRY LOVE IT SONG WAS!WRITTEN IN THE 30,s LOVE IT

John

My dad played this in the car on long trips, i thought w t f , now im the age he was and i luv every thing Nilsson sung,he went to young , its a funny old world

Vanessa B

John I was the same when my mum used to play them 😀. He has a lovely voice. Beautiful songs.

SheltieShangriLa

Don't feel bad. I'm almost 50 and am just discovering his music.

Eric A

The big band stuff is incredible

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geoff riley

One of the best albums ever come out

John Rusin

Bought a vinyl LP of 'A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night' from a thrift store a few days ago. It only cost me a couple of dollars and it's the first time I ever heard it...I'm very very pleased 🙂

Cinta Rocko

He was a MASTER

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