If You Believe

Album: Great American Composers (1935)

Songfacts®:

  • "If You Believe" has to be one of the most bizarre hymns ever written; penned by Irving Berlin some time in the 1930s, it ended up in the 1954 film There's No Business Like Show Business where it is sung by a member of a family who is about to enter the priesthood.

    This is the sort of song one would more often associate with gospel or more generally with the black church, but is performed here solo in a parlor with an orchestral accompaniment and a chorus made up of extended family members. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

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