“As Time Goes By,” the song so closely associated with the film Casablanca, was written by Herman Hupfeld (sometimes spelled “Hupfield”) in 1931 for a Broadway musical entitled Everybody’s Welcome which opened on October 13, 1931, and ran for 139 performances. Frances Williams, a singer and actress who also appeared in a couple of Marx Brothers films, sang the song in the show and recorded it. The song charted twice that year: Rudy Vallee’s recording reached number 15 and Jacques Renard’s “sweet” band took it to number 13. Then the song was more or less forgotten.
[This day and age we're living in Gives cause for apprehension With speed and new invention And things like fourth dimension. Yet we get a trifle weary With Mr. Einstein's theory. So we must get down to earth at times Relax relieve the tension And no matter what the progress Or what may yet be proved The simple facts of life are such They cannot be removed.]
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Moonlight and love songs Never out of date.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.