As a follow-up on Astrid’s last blog post on ‘If’ here another review of the song. The song is from the album ‘You take my heart away’.

‘If’ was written by David Gates from ‘Bread’.

Here you can listen to an incredible live version from the Japan concert from 1977 that was released on an album but unfortunately not on CD (yet). The end note is just……WOW! To listen click the player below.

Also Dame Shirley sang the song on her 1976- and 1979- BBC shows and in 1977 as a duet with Jack Jones on the Jack Jones show.

The video of the duet with Jack Jones


If a picture paints a thousand words,
Then why can’t I paint you?
The words will never show the you I’ve come to know.
If a face could launch a thousand ships,
Then where am I to go?
There’s no one home but you,
You’re all that’s left me too.
And when my love for life is running dry,
You come and pour yourself on me.

If a girl could be two places at one time,
I’d be with you.
Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way.
If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die,
I’d spend the end with you.
And when the world was through,
Then one by one the stars would all go out,
Then you and I would simply fly away

6 thoughts on “If”

  1. An amazing song, a beautiful interpretation and the duet with Jack Jones is sublime. Can’t help thinking a cd/dvd release of Dame Shirley’s duets would be so appropriate and a celebration of a special part of her career. Many thanks. Steven


  2. What to say my God…I simply went away to heaven…Great…And I am still waiting for another gift: The videos from “On Tv” as the other songs Shirley sang live on those shows she sang What about or Big Spender or Never been a woman before (early 70’s). Hugs everyone…Thanks a lot… Eddie


  3. Sorry – I think I’m being very dim! I can find the links to the two videos but not the one to the Live In Japan version of ‘If’ – can someone tell me what I’m doing wrong please?


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