"If I'd Been The One" as written by Richard Donald Barnes, Jeffrey S. Carlisi, Larry Steele and Donald N. Van Zant....
I've been lost inside, empty space in my heart
And some things never change, no
How it hurts me and how it's tearin' me apart,
And it just goes on and on
Can you read my mind, take a good look at my face
Could you take the time, just to stand here in my place
What if I'd been the one to say goodbye, goodbye
Could you smile when inside you just want to cry, look inside
Can you read my mind? oh oh

When I hear your name, feel so cold deep inside
Still it's hard to explain, oh
But you're not meant to be, they say time will heal the pain
But it just goes on forever
Can you read my mind, have you closed the door on love
Can you be so blind, did you think I'd just give up

What if I'd been the one to say goodbye, goodbye
Could you smile when inside you just want to cry, want to cry
What if I'd been the one to say goodbye, goodbye
Could you smile when it hurts so deep inside, and it never fades away
Fade away

Time can't erase the reasons why
I count my mistakes and the heartaches since you said goodbye

What if I'd been the one to say goodbye, goodbye
Could you smile when inside you just want to cry, want to cry
What if I'd been the one to say goodbye, goodbye
Could you smile when it hurts so deep inside, and it never fades away
Never fades away
No, it don't fade away


Lyrics submitted by punkmebabygal, edited by SWLinPHX

"If I'd Been the One" as written by Jeffrey S. Carlisi Donald N. Van Zant

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    General CommentThis is such a good song, I can totally relate to it. Because im faced with just about the same situation. For me this song means, if you were only in my place, you would understand how I feel. And that its tearing me apart that you feel the way you do. Basically its saying...step into my shoes and see how it feels from my perspective...and no matter what...I won't ever get over this..
    jackflash714on July 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthot damn i love this song. favorite .38 song by far.
    it's a hot 80's mess...
    jonaswifton October 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it wouldn't hurt so bad "if I'd been the one",to say good-bye?
    Thia007on November 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe correct lyric is "What your love meant to me" not "But you're not meant to be"
    SWLinPHXon November 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis wasn't the most popular,.38 song but I love it! I must be stuck in the '80s but they still are a great band! debcat1985@gmail.com
    debbie1109on May 19, 2017   Link

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