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Dooley Wilson – As Time Goes By from “Casablanca” (1942)


“As Time Goes By” is as synonymous with the 1942 classic movie “Casablanca” as any song ever was with a movie. It was originally written in 1931 by Herman Hupfeld for the Broadway Musical Everybody’s Welcome, where it was sung by Francis Williams. After it was released, “As Time Goes By” was recorded by several artists in the early 30’s, including Ricky Valee. But it is mostly remembered as the song Sam (Dooley Wilson) sung in “Casablanca”, reaching almost legendary status through the years as the song Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) fell in love to.  Even today, “As Time Goes By” is still as moving to many “Casablanca” fans as it was the first time they heard Dooley Wilson sing it.



You must remember this
A kiss is just 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Never out of date.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.

Oh yes, the world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by.


Dooley Wilson — “Casablanca”(1942)


“As Time Goes By” was voted #2 on The American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Songs List.


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