If I Can't Have You

Album: Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (1977)
Charted: 4 1
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  • Don't know why
    I'm survivin' every lonely day
    When there's got to be no chance for me
    My life would end

    And it doesn't matter how I cry
    My tears, so far, are a waste of time
    If I turn away
    Am I strong enough to see it through
    Go crazy is what I will do

    If I can't have you
    I don't want nobody baby
    If I can't have you, uh-huh, oh
    If I can't have you
    I don't want nobody baby
    If I can't have you, uh-ho, oh-oh-oh

    Can't let go and it doesn't matter how I try
    I gave it up
    So easily
    To you my love
    To dreams that never will come true
    Am I strong enough to see it through
    Go crazy is what I will do

    If I can't have you
    I don't want nobody baby
    If I can't have you, uh-huh, oh
    If I can't have you
    I don't want nobody baby
    If I can't have you, uh-ho, oh

    If I can't have you
    I don't want nobody baby
    If I can't have you, uh-huh, oh
    If I can't have you
    I don't want nobody baby
    If I can't have you, uh-ho oh
    If I can't have you
    I don't want nobody baby
    If I can't have you, uh-huh, oh
    If I can't have you
    I don't want nobody baby
    If I can't have you, uh-ho, oh
    If I can't have you Writer/s: Barry Alan Gibb, Maurice Ernest Gibb, Robin Hugh Gibb
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 21

  • Armin from Dallas/fort WorthDoes anyone remember the episode of Hawaii Five-O that featured lots of disco music and a guest-starring role by Ms. Elliman?
  • Ctbob from ConnecticutSadly, ANYONE who performed Saturday Night Fever songs became famous. Those years were torture!
  • George from Vancouver, Canadafun Mondegreen to sing: "If I can't have you/I don't want your ugly baby"

    If I can't have you, I don't want your body, baby? Well, that's kind of the idea; I go with my body!
  • Ed Cooper from Annapolis, MarylandTo Denise from California's question about "...what is she singing in between the end of the 1st and 2nd verse?", she's saying:
    Your heart to hold
    Be there forever
    And ever
    And ever
    Do do do do
    Do do do
    Ah ah ah ah
  • Denise from California If anyone Hawaiians out there can tell me what is she singing in between the end of the 1st and 2nd verse?
  • Bob Raduenz from 55330I had not realized that "If I Can't Have You" hit for Yvonne Elliman, was written & performed by the BEE GEES until I heard it on North coast hits radio in Cleveland 0hio. What a find, faultless song as shown by success by various artists..BRAVO!
  • Kenneth from Utica, Nywhat are those words she sings in between the end of the chorus the 1st time & the 2nd verse? I can't make them out!
  • Urbanomad from Cary, Nc, UsaFrench Horns
  • Eduardo Chavarria from San Jose, Costa RicaI've read there were no brass instruments in the recording of this beautiful song. There is, however, a sound that resembles a trombone (aprox. at 0:09, at 1:15, and again at 2:09 on the video.) Could it be achieved by producer Freddie Perren, who played synthesizer? Or is it another instrument that is resembles? On the video, there is a guy who seems to be playing a sax, but I don't think that is a sax sound.
  • Bruce from San Jose, Calif.This song was on the radio when I had my first (ahem) “experience” with a lady I was 17, and she was 23)...She was in it for just a fling, but I was still in “puppy luv” with her for months afterwards and this song, “If I can’t have you, I don’t want Nobody baby” really matched my desperate feelings of unrequited love for her...
  • Eric from Florida Does anyone know if the horns so prominent in the song are trombones or French horns?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 11th 1978, Yvonne Elliman performed "If I Can't Have You" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #63 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and thirteen weeks later on May 7th, 1978 it would peaked at #1 {for 2 weeks} and spent 22 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on May 6th, 1978 it also reached #1 {for 2 weeks} on the Canadian RPM Singles chart {peaked at #9 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart}...
    Between 1971 and 1979 the Hawaiian songstress had seven Top 100 records; her next biggest hit was "Love Me", it peaked at #14 in 1976 {her covered version of "Hello Stranger" did peak at one position lower at #15 in 1977}.
  • Terry from Va.beach, Vadang she was hot back in the day...
  • Jim from Kennett Square, PaI know this song was written by the Brothers Gibb, and its a terrific song too. But when I click to view the lyrics, at the bottom of the page it says this song was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Could we give credit where credit is due please? Many thanks!
  • Grant from Tampa, FlGreat singer, and she was lucky enough to get it on with Clapton when she was a back-up singer in his band. I think he talks about it in his book. She's one of his legendary thousand women.
  • Gary from Watford, United Kingdoma backing singer in the eric clapton band at the time along with marcy levy, a great solo effort though.
  • Joe from Chicago, IlI have it on CD, too.
  • Jeff from Austin, TxThis song is so dramatic!! The Brothers Gibb have to be in the top 5 all time songwriters.
  • Dale from Santa Fe, NmHer 2004 album, Simple Needs, has a picture of her on it.
  • Tom from Dozier, AlI heard the Bee Gees version of this on the B side of "Stayin' Alive". I like their version the best of the two.
  • Darrell from EugeneI have the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack on vinyl, 8-track, CD and cassette, and I bought all of them new except for all four of my back-up 8-tracks (I still drive a huge land-barge with an 8-track player every day). By the way, Yvonne was beautiful at that time... wonder what she looks like now?
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