"What If" as written by and Charles-andre/bouvier Comeau....
What if I lead the way
What if I make mistakes
(Will you be there?)
What if I change the world
What if I take the blame
(Will you be there?)

I remember going back
To the place we used to lay
But I keep losing track
And now the days they all turn black
And our dreams all start to fade
But there's no turning back

Cause the world keeps turning
(Why do you tell me you care if you're not going to change?)
And my heart keeps burning
(Why do you tell me you care?)

What if I change the world
If I lead the way
What if I be the one
That takes the blame
What if I can't go on without you
What if I graduate
What if I don't
What if I don't

Now I'm slowly giving up
As the world keeps losing faith
And you still turn your back
Now the path I follow
Takes a toll on me
On you
But there's no turning back

Cause the world keeps turning
(Why do you tell me you care if you're not going to change?)
And my heart keeps burning
(Why do you tell me you care?)

What if I change the world
If I lead the way
What if I be the one
That takes the blame
What if I can't go on without you
What if I graduate
What if I don't [x6]

I'll be waiting here
I'll be waiting here
I'll be waiting here
For you to call me

What if I lead the way
What if I graduate
What if I change the world
Would you still remember me
What if I lead the way
What if I graduate
What if I change the world
And I find the way to tell you (what you need to hear)

I'll be waiting here
I'll be waiting here
I'll be waiting here
For you to call me


Lyrics submitted by Garyg

"What If" as written by Arnold David Lanni Arnold Lanni

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Peermusic Publishing

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    General CommentWell, as the uploader, I guess I should take first shot. It seems to be about someone who was in a relationship and , the relationship being over, is unable to move on. It seems implied that the singer has to see his former love every day, likely on a college campus. It's actually quite sad, since there does not to be the slightest hint he will ever regain his former love.
    Garygon February 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read everything and I was like; I understand the relationship thing. BUT...... This will sound really stupid, but when I first heard it, it hit me because:

    When you're a fighter, everything can go wrong around you. Sure, it will hurt like hell, but you've got your faith in yourself en you don't give a shit about what everybody thinks.
    This song made me think about someone like that. Two theories:
    - But, someone, whetter that was a lover or a friend, crushed his/her confidence. Without him/her he/she feels like nothing. It's probably about a first love in this theory, since he/she never felt this way before. And he/she thinks about all her past dreams (graduating, leading the way, changing the world) but it all seems so empty without that special person. And when that person left him/her, life changed and everything seemed useless.

    - I'd like to add that in my eyes, it doesn't have to be a girlfriend/boyfriend. It could be, example, a disease that took away the strength of ones body or made someone blind. Something that made sure that none of the dreams could ever come true. And that person starts thinking what if, what if I would have done what was my plan, what if I would've graduated, what if etc. THere might be a chance for him/her to get well, so he's waiting. And waiting for the "fighting spirit" and hope to return.

    It's just a theory. :)
    (And yes, been there, done that, both, in some way...)
    Tamsimon July 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my last semester in University so I can really feel this song through all my bones! For me this song is about leaving all behind and fight for the aim of graduating.

    However, it is sad that in this process whereby you are becoming better a great deal of friends feel jelaous about your success and you have to leave them behind.

    It is also sad the fact, that you spend a lot of time in library alone reading books, trying to design something to change the world for good (by the means of your thesis) and there is nobody around you.

    The girls are interested in assholes and there is nothing you can do to change that fact.

    You have to go on even though there is nobody to support your struggle...the final battle...the last round...get graduate from university!
    elbirviveon February 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the songs i like the most, especially because it fits me, and from a band that i like.

    I think its a song about a broken relationship between a guy and the girl he loves.
    The girl used to love him, but as the time passes by, or naybe because other reasons, her love to him starts to fade, such as his dreams.
    And no matter what he tries to do, good or bad, she still turns her back.
    This songs happens when the guy is about to reach her, as before, althrough nobody got faith in him.
    But no matter if he will success or fail, he'll be waiting for her with open arms.
    Rannianon June 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen i first heard this song i thought it meant the person was talking to there parents and were like 'what if i do this, will you be proud? but what if i dont do it? will you still be proud?' kids of thing.
    karenbabesxon June 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite SP songs...I'm surprised it doesn't have many comments.

    A lot of these lines (and the tite) have special meaning with me because of an almost-relationship I had with a friend.

    "Cause the world keeps turning
    (So why do you tell me you care if you're not going to stay?)
    And my heart's still burning
    (Why do you tell me you care?)"

    I love the power in those lines. Why would you tell me you cared about me when you were just going to move on and leave me?
    foolish.hearton July 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is about someone, who is still in love with one of their previous boyfriends/girlfriends, and they're saying stuff , like " what if i change the world ? would you care then.. what if i graduate, will you be proud? what if i don't , will you be disapointed ? "

    or my other idea was that this song could just be talking about moving on, leaving behind school/friends and etc.
    rockxedgeon September 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSimple Plan - What If => A beautifull song, I think its one of the songs I like the most .. The intro, the lyrics .. everything's just right !!

    One remark => The lyric should be 'I remember going back, to the place we use to layed' and not 'I'm never going back ..' ..

    What it means .. The guy had a relation, but it wasn't going well & and stopped .. And now he is wondering what it would be if he do some stuff ( lead the way, change the world ) ..
    Or something like that :P

    Anyway, best song ever ;-)
    Immaon August 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRemember Knut Hamsun's "Victoria" and Johannes fights his way to became rich and to be with her.
    I suddenly remembered this poem!
    very touching, thanks SP!
    matveiqueenon August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would have to agree that it does speak of a relationship, but I find it's more of like a long lost memory relationship;
    The man in question in the song (or woman, whichever you prefer) is just starting his life, having nearing the end of some of his goals and he starts to think back on different times in his life when he had choices to make, friends to keep, friends to lose, loves gained and lost, and it all literally overwhelms him in one blow and he thinks to himself "What if it was all different... what if this changed, what if this happens, what would it be like?" He is literally (in my opinion) asking himself the general question of "What if..."
    It's a beautiful song because he's reached the stage every person in life goes through; a point in your life where you consider every angle and option and think "What if this changed, what if this happened?" you literally wonder what if it was different and where would you go.
    Greenflameon March 18, 2010   Link

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