If You Were My Love (2014)

If You Were My Love

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If you were my love however momentarily…

“If You Were My Love” is a track from 24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault (2014), Stevie Nicks’ eighth solo album.

Lyrics

Tonight there are no saviors
This night outside my window
It wasn’t anyone’s fault

When the moon rolls over the mountain
You are lost in your dreaming
Where is the wild white rose

I try to explain it
To someone who was crying
If you were my love

My hands reached for somethin’
Someone that could tell me
Wasn’t anyone’s fault
Not anyone’s fault

With our crosses to bear
And our dreams that still live on
With our crosses to bear now
And our dreams that still live on

If you were my love
However momentarily
Ooh, if I were the one
Who watched over your sleeping
You would never
Have been frightened
At all
At all

With our crosses to bear
And our dreams that still live on
With our crosses to bear
And our dreams that still live on

If you were my love
However momentarily
Ah, if I were the one
Who watched over your sleeping
You would never
Have been frightened
At all…
At all…
At all…
At all…

Faithful…

(Stevie Nicks) © 2014 Welsh Witch Music (BMI). Administered by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI)

About the Song

Stevie has rehearsed “If You Were My Love” many times over the years; first for her first solo album Bella Donna (1981), Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage (1982), and her fifth solo album Street Angel (1994).

In 1993, Stevie recorded and completed the track for Street Angel, but removed it from the track list after revisiting the album with producer Thom Panunzio.

Stevie wrote the song about the experience of working with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for the first time in 1980.

“It’s like a love song, but it’s not. It’s about going outside your own life and getting attached to something that isn’t yours. It’s been kind of like falling in love with another band — for a minute. It has nothing to do with — and truly, clarify this — there is absolutely nothing going on between me and anybody in that band. They’re all married. They’re all expecting babies. That’s what makes it very easy for me to be with them and be their friend, and almost be one of the guys.” (Chicago Tribune-New York News, September 1981)

Preview

Bella Donna Demo

Mirage Demo

Street Angel Outtake

24 Karat Gold – Deluxe Edition

  1. Starshine
  2. If You Were My Love
  3. Mabel Normand
  4. Twisted (Bonus Track)
  5. 24 Karat Gold
  6. Belle Fleur
  7. All The Beautiful Worlds
  8. Lady
  9. I Don’t Care
  10. Watch Chain (Bonus Track)
  11. Hard Advice
  12. Carousel
  13. Blue Water
  14. Cathouse Blues
  15. The Dealer
  16. She Loves Him Still