If I Loved You

Writer(s): Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein
Introduced in the musical: Carousel (1945) by Jon Raitt and Jan Clayton.
This version was sung at the Hollywood Bowl in 1945

[Frankie speaks] Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. We’d, we’d like to dispense with the-uh, it so happens that we just happen to have a couple of arrangements along with us. And, uh, [Female fans squeal] remember, your elders are sitting all around you. [Fans laugh] We would like to, uh, do, as one of our encores, a very lovely song. This, if we may digress for a minute, is not from a motion picture-it is from a show called “Carousel”, it’s a very lovely tune called “If I Loved You.” [One female squeals]

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, I’d let my golden chances pass me by.
Soon you’d leave me, off you would in the mist of day never never to know
How I love you, if I loved you.
[brief instrumental]
Soon you’d leave me, off you would go in the mist of day never, never to know
How I love you, if I loved you.

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