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If You Ever Leave Me – (Song Lyric Sunday)

This is one of those songs that just makes me smile. I love the juxtaposition of preempting a break up with an in-love solution. I am a Barbara fan, but not quite as big a one as husband number 2. Sadly, we never got to see her live – we never earned that sort of cash. 😊

If You Ever Leave Me” is a vocal duet between Barbra Streisand and Vince Gill. The song was written by Richard Marx. It first appeared as a single on Streisand’s 1999 album, A Love Like Ours. The single was released as an international CD single that included three additional tracks, two of which were recorded during the A Love Like Ours sessions but were not included on the album. The song appears on Barbra Streisand’s Duets album, released in 2002.

]People Magazine stated in their review of A Love Like Ours, that songs like “If You Ever Leave Me” “stand out simply because they don’t drip with sentimentality and because Streisand allows a bit of blues to creep into her vocals.” “The it Vince Gill meets the technical precision of Barbra Streisand. Magic. Two singers from very different genres come together for the duet of the year.” They noted that “this is a beautiful love song that gets better the more you play it.”

Source: Wikipedia

Vince
When I fall, you’re my place to land.
I lose my touch, you’re my hands,
The one I hold on to.
If you run out of reason to try
I’ll love enough for both you and I
I’ll be the one you can run to.
Barbra
I’d rather go through any pain love puts us through
Than to spend one day without you by my side.

Both
If you ever leave me, will you take me with you?
If you’re ever lonely, I want to be lonely too.
My home’s beside you, no matter where you may go.
My love’s inside you, even more than you know.

Barbra
In a world of anger and lies
I find peace in your eyes
A flame in the darkness.

Both
Ooh, And through all space and time
‘Til every star refuses to shine

Barbra
You know where my heart is.
I’d rather go through any pain love puts us through

Both
Than to spend one day without you by my side
If you ever leave me, will you take me with you?
If you’re ever lonely, I want to be lonely too, Woah.
My home’s beside you, no matter where you may go.

Barbra
Where you may go

Both
My love’s inside you, even more than you know.

And I can’t remember life without you
The way it used to be
Feels like a million years away.

Vince
Well Hold me ’til the angels sing.

Barbra
Tell me every little thing.

Both
Promise me forever from this day

If you ever leave me, will you take me with you?
If you’re ever lonely, I want to be lonely too, Woah.
My home’s beside you, no matter where you may go.

Vince
Where you may go

Both
My love’s inside you, even more than you know.

Barbra
Even more than you know.

Vince
Even more than you know.

Both
Even more than you know.
Even more than you know.

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Richard Marx

If You Ever Leave Me lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management

Post inspired by Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday – This week we have the prompt: Breakup songs suggested by Janis of themomshiediaries – Click through for the rules if you too would like to join in …

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