"If I Could" as written by and Jimmy/creamer Johnson....
A brand new baby was born yesterday just in time
Papa cried baby cried said your tears are like mine
I heard some words from a friend on the phone didn't sound so good
The doctors gave him two weeks to live
I'd give him more if I could

You know I would now if only I could
You know I would now if only I could

Down the middle drops one more grain of sand
They say that new life makes losin' life easier to understand
Words are kind they help ease the mind I miss my old friend
And though you gotta go we'll keep a piece of your soul
One goes out, one comes in

You know I would now if only I could
You know I would now if only I could

Lyrics submitted by AllStarMe, edited by OnlyBoom

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    General Commentthis makes me cry but doesn't always make me sad. just makes me think about life..love jack.
    bestwombat11on November 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is my absolute favorite song on his new CD. It's so calming and sad but still nice to listen to.
    Bubbletoesson March 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentO man come on guys only one other person has said sumthing about this song i think that is a disgrace, this song is so kool and wen u really think about it describes the hole theme for in between dreams - i beleive the theme is somewhere along the lines of learing and coping with loss. apart from a few shitty songs like crying shame and staple it together the hole album is fantastic.

    i want more people to write about this song !!!

    Peace !
    harry04on March 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love This song. I love this song. I think it is so heart felt and he sums up loss in a short song and he did job of it too! There are afew lines I don't understand like "Down the middle drops one more grain of sand" can someone help me with that please?
    MadHut721on April 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentnow this is a beautiful song. if i was god, id do things differently.

    i know its not coming out and saying it, but i think agree with this because a lot of things dont work out the way they should, so i guess jack just wrote a song about it
    ilovealkalineon April 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think its about the ugliness of reality. an innocent baby will die in 2 weeks, even though he wants to give him longer to live.
    aisha_08on April 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe guitar in this song is so beautiful. I could listen to is all day. And the lyrics fit perfectly with it.
    SantaBarbaraBoyon May 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHasn't anyone read any interviews/reviews for this album?!

    The song is about his baby being born around the same time as his grandfather died, hence the line:

    "new life makes losing life easier to understand"
    siblesworthon May 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh! Thanks siblesworth! Initially I always thought that (touch wood!) it was the baby that was in trouble. Are these interviews on his official website? I've always wanted to learn more about the life behind his songs. What a bitter sweet song.

    The lyrics are kinda screwed up though...
    deeniceon June 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh and the part about 'down the middle drops one more grain of sand', I'm not very sure what it means but I have a hunch that it's refering to either
    a) the life that's leaving the person
    b) one more death among the many that have already happened.
    deeniceon June 25, 2005   Link

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