“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
The Story of the Song: Most people hear this song and think, “ZOMG THE BODYGUARD.” The song tells the story of a troubled, yet passionate romance falling apart. The narrator claims to be leaving for the betterment of the other lover, but bombastically sings on the chorus, “IiiiiiiIiiiiiiIiiiiiiIiii Will Always Love You.” Super romantic, right?
The Story Behind the Song: In 1967, country star Porter Wagoner gave an unknown Dolly Parton her big break on his television show. As the years went on, Dolly went from Porter’s musical protege to a burgeoning superstar. In 1973, she finally broke off her professional partnership with Porter. For her final send off on The Porter Wagoner Show, Dolly debuted a new song inspired by their platonic breakup and her bittersweet feelings at leaving her mentor behind: