If I Should Fall Behind

Album: Lucky Town (1992)

Songfacts®:

  • Springsteen wrote this as a love song to his second wife, Patti, who he married in 1989. He called it, "One of my best songs about the dedication to one another that comes with love."
  • Ten days after Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, Springsteen dedicated this song to him at a concert in Syracuse. Said Springsteen: "Back in '85, I used to say 'Nobody wins till everybody wins." But that's not true. There's people out there winning but a lot of others are losing real big. The election is over and this is for Bill. Gotta wish him the best."
  • This was regularly performed on the 1999 E Street Band Reunion tour. Springsteen, Little Steven Van Zandt, Clarence Clemons, and Patti Scialfa took turns singing.
  • Dion DiMucci covered this on his 2000 album Deja Nu. A fan of Dion's, Springsteen contributed to the liner notes.
  • This was used as the B-Side to the "Streets Of Philadelphia" single.
  • This got a lot of airplay after the 2001 terrorist attacks on America as radio stations added this to their playlists and removed songs with references to planes and fire.
  • Faith Hill recorded this on her 1999 album Breathe >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Stacey - Amarillo, TX

Comments: 7

  • Molly from Perth WaPaul Carrack also does a great version of this song.
  • Jigs from New JerseyI've had the honor of performing this song at several weddings.
  • Brad from Austin, TxThe song was written by Bruce Springsteen. DION and the BELMONTS covered it.
  • Dr. Robert H. Moss from Brooklyn, NjThis song was ORIGINALLY done by DION and THE BELMONTS
  • Matthew from Milford, MaJust heard it on YouTube... simply fantastic... absolutely fantastic... True love simply can't come without dedication, and this song does a great job of capturing what dedication's all about.
  • Rick from ManchesterThe only version I've heard of this is the one on his Live In New York City album, and that one's fantastic.
  • Philippa from Rotterdam, Netherlands, United StatesThis song was used in a British tv serie called '2000 Acres of Sky'. When the main character died, his soulmate friend was singing 'If I should fall behind', with piano, in a cave, in his subconsious mind.
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