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If I Loved You

Lyrics:Oscar Hammerstein II
Music:Richard Rodgers

The song was publishe 1945.

"If I Loved You" is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein
musical Carousel.

The song was introduced by John Raitt as "Billy Bigelow"
and Jan Clayton as "Julie".
It was performed in the 1956 Carousel (film) version
by Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.

In the show, the characters of Billy Bigelow
and Julie Jordan sing this song as they hesitantly declare
their love for one another, yet are too shy to express their true feelings.

The song was in turn inspired by lines of dialogue from
Ferenc Molnár's original Liliom, the source material for the musical.

Carousel (musical)

Carousel (film)

If I loved you
Time and again
I would try to say
All I'd want you to know
If I loved you
Words wouldn't come
In an easy way
Round in circles I'd go

Longing to tell you
But afraid and shy
Id let my golden chances
Pass me by

Soon you'd leave me,
Off you would go
In the mist of day,
Never never to know
How I loved you
If I loved you.

Dinah Washington(If I Loved You)
Dinah Washington

Sarah Vaughan(If I Loved You)
Sarah Vaughan

Jo Stafford(If I Loved You)
Jo Stafford

Helen Merrill(If I Loved You)
Helen Merrill

Etta Jones(If I Loved You)
Etta Jones

Dinah Washington

Sarah Vaughan

Frank Sinatra

Perry Como

Julie Andrews

Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones

Barbra Streisand

"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "

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