"If" as written by and David Gates....
If a picture paints a thousand words,
Then why can't I paint you?
The words will never show the you I've come to know.
If a face could launch a thousand ships,
Then where am I to go?
There's no one home but you,
You're all that's left me too.
And when my love for life is running dry,
You come and pour yourself on me.

If a man could be two places at one time,
I'd be with you.
Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way.
If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die,
I'd spend the end with you.
And when the world was through,
Then one by one the stars would all go out,
Then you and I would simply fly away

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"If" as written by David Gates

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    General Commentthis song....orgasmic. beautiful, i love bread.
    summervolcomstarson July 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYea, it's referring to the Trojan War... the "face" being Helen of Troy.
    dbr12345on March 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song.I love the instrumentation...
    gnrmcron December 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"then you and i would simply fly away....." beautiful, beautiful song
    blowpop51on June 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much!!!!!!! :D
    Rollingstonesrockon October 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAnother beautiful David Gates song about love and another covered by other artists (Telly Savalas!). David had the knack of crafting wonderful love songs. His singing is also always underestimated - with a great vocal range.
    CharmingManon February 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm curious as to what the line "if a face can launch a thousand ships" means...any ideas? Thanks!
    DanielGardneron March 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCould a song be more beautiful? More romantic? Of course, it can also break your heart if you're thinking of a past love gone wrong......
    jperiodrperiodon April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song has a very aquatic sound to it, the synthesizer in it makes me think of being in a swimming pool or something.Check out the song "Cold Water" by Damien Rice, if you like this song, they're similar.
    TheThornBirdson February 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe "lovegame" of its generation!
    Olivineon June 21, 2011   Link

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