If I Should Lose You Lyrics:Leo Robin Music:Ralph Rainger
The song was publishe 1935.
The 1935 film Rose of the Rancho introduced the standard “If I Should Lose You.” The romantic comedy about early Spanish settlers in California starred John Boles and Metropolitan Opera star Gladys Swarthout in her film debut. The film was adapted from a successful Broadway show by David Belasco and Richard Walton Tully. In his book Hollywood Musicals Clive Hirschhorn describes the movie as an “uneasy mix of operetta and low comedy.” Swarthout plays a dual role as a demure senorita who by night disguises herself as the notorious bandit, Don Carlos, and leads a group of vigilantes. Although accounts of the film differ, it appears that she was the singer who introduced “If I Should Lose You.”
If I should lose you The stars would fall from the sky If I should lose you The leaves would wither and die
The birds in Maytime Would sing a mournful refrain And I would wander around Hating the sound of rain
With you beside me The rose would bloom in the snow With you beside me No winds of winter would blow
I gave you my love And I was living a dream But living would seem in vain If I lost you