If Not For You

Album: If Not For You (1971)
Charted: 7 25
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  • If not for you, babe I couldn't even find the door
    I couldn't even see the floor
    I'd be sad and blue, if not for you

    If not for you, babe, the night would see me wide awake
    The day would surely have to break
    It would not be new, if not for you

    If not for you, my sky would fall, rain would gather too
    Without your love I'd be nowhere at all, I'd be lost, if not for you

    If not for you, the winter would hold no spring
    Couldn't hear a robin sing
    I just wouldn't have a clue, if not for you

    If not for you
    My sky would fall
    Rain would gather too
    Without your love I'd be nowhere at all
    I'd be lost if not for you

    If not for you
    The winter would hold no spring
    You couldn't hear the robin sing
    I just wouldn't have a clue
    If not for you
    If not for you Writer/s: Bob Dylan
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 18

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaBarry if you go to wici it gives a story about the song and who played on it. But it doesn't answer your question.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaLove the song. It is one of my fav Dylan compositions. First heard George's version but like Oliva's as well.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: http://www.oldiesmusic.com/news.htm {05-24-2018}...
    Olivia Newton-John received an honorary Doctorate degree May 13 from Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia for her services to cancer research and entertainment.
    Exactly forty-seven years earlier her debut U.S. charted record, "If Not For You", was in it's first week on Billboard's Top 100 chart at position #98, fourteen weeks later it would peak at #25 {for 1 week} and it spent a total of seventeen weeks on the Top 100...
    And on August 1st, 1971 it reached #1 {for 3 weeks} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Between 1971 and 2010 the Cambridge, England native had forty records on the Top 100 chart; fifteen made the Top 10 with five reaching #1, "I Honestly Love You" for 2 weeks in 1974, "Have You Ever Been Mellow" for 1 week in 1975, "You're The One That I Want (with John Travolta)" for 1 week in 1978, "Magic" for 4 weeks in 1980, and "Physical" for 10 weeks in 1981...
    Olivia Newton-John will celebrated her 70th birthday this coming September 26th {2018}.
  • Niles from Belpre, OhI like George Harrison's voice on this song better!
  • Joe from Portsmouth, United KingdomI love the Olivia Newton-john version, it is really beautiful. Harrison's version is good but a little flat. Dylan's original is awful. He may be a brilliant songwriter and poet but his voice on his early records was dreadful and the song sounded dull.
  • Mike from Milwaukee, WiI enjoy Olivia's sweet voice. The hook for this song is the guitar work. It builds, on the later bars, you have fuzz and ending with wah wah. Totally unexpected for this kind of song.
  • Sebastian from Rio De Janeiro, BrazilI like better the version from Cocert for
    Bangladesh. Duet Dylan an Geoge Harrinson.
    Sebastian Messias, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mark from Des Moines, IaHarrison's version is much better IMO.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThis seems like a good song to play in Bangladesh
  • Maya from Cal, United StatesDylan says "good george" not "ready george"
  • Adam from Alta Loma, CaEach version done by Dylan and Harrison are absolutely wonderful by themselves. I do tend to enjoy Dylan's slower version and Harrison's slower version more than the original. What is a real treat is to see them both playing If Not For You on the extra features on the Concert for Bangladesh DVD.
  • Melissa from Fairborn, OhI love the George Harrison's version the most.
  • Patrick from Pittsburgh, PaOn the bootleg series, you can hear Dylan softly say "Ready George" just a couple seconds before beginning singing. im assuming that is george harrison. also i like the bootleg version more than the recorded, the vocals just sound better to me.
  • Barry from New York, NyWho is the mystery harmonica player in the George Harrison version? There is no credit given in the album liner credits? I've always wondered if Bob Dylan himself could have contributed it. We might never know for sure.
  • Barry from New York, NyI find Dylan's version of this song a bit rushed, unfinished, his vocal and arrangement a tad uninspired. George Harrsion's version on the ALL THINGS MUST PASS sounds a lot more thoughtful, with better singing and definetely a better arrangement.
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnOlivia Newton-John's version was beautiful.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI don't know if the version in question,done by George harrison is what I heard, but I did hear one that George Harrison did of this song. It was just him and his acoustic guitar, and it was great!
  • Deadzeppelin from San Francisco, CaI can't believe no has said anything about this song. this song is awesome and has the best sound to it, not to mention the entire song is just beautiful.
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