"If I Fell" as written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney....
If I fell in love with you
Would you promise to be true
And help me understand
'Cause I've been in love before
And I found that love was more
Than just holding hands

If I give my heart to you
I must be sure
From the very start
That you would love me more than her

If I trust in you oh please
Don't run and hide
If I love you too oh please
Don't hurt my pride like her

'Cause I couldn't stand the pain
And I would be sad if our new love was in vain

So I hope you see that I
Would love to love you
And that she will cry
When she learns we are two
'Cause I couldn't stand the pain
And I would be sad if our new love was in vain

So I hope you see that I
Would love to love you
And that she will cry
When she learns we are two
If I fell in love with you


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"If I Fell" as written by Paul James Mccartney John Winston Lennon

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  • +2
    General CommentI reckon that this song is about meeting someone you really care about, but not being able to completely let yourself fall in love until you know that they won't repeat what someone has done in the past to hurt you.
    fadedon June 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGo see Across the Universe, when Evan Rachel Wood sings it, it is perfect. Her emotion and understanding of the song is dead on.
    WalkingWithAGhost17on September 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is pretty clearly about being hesitant about falling in love again, after being hurt. Great song, with wonderful harmony and chords.
    yodelingsmythingon November 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song has a introductory section, which was a common practice in Broadway and Tin Pan Alley songs. So even though it is a pop tune, it harkens back to an earlier form. Both Lennon and McCartney used it for many songs. (Check out "Misery" and "Here There and Everywhere")

    Lennon is expressing the hope to his new love that theirs will be a more mature relationship, not just the youthful infatuation of his previous one. He has found that love is more than "just holding hands," and has moved beyond it, apparently unlike his last girlfriend. So he's saying lets not start this unless you are sure and ready to be in a serious, adult relationship. The sentiment strikes a strong chord to someone between 18 to 21 who is moving from the "childhood sweethearts" phase and considering the consequences of a serious relationship.

    You have to be a musician to appreciate how complex this song is. Lennon and McCartney switch singing lead and harmony at various points, because Lennon had a better lower range and McCartney had a better higher one. As a consequence, you have to be a very good singer with a wide singing range to cover it. Also, the chord progression goes unexpectedly to a minor key and then back. It sort of supports the feeling of cautious optimism in the song and the regret and sadness over the previous lover mentioned.
    Atmanon May 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningLately, I've gotten close to someone. They sent me lyrics to this last night. And I'm having a ridiculously hard time translating them to understand what he's trying to tell me.

    He was in a relationship for a long time, a few years. And she completely broke his heart. He doesn't want her to know we've been seeing eachother because he knows it would hurt her. And I know he's terrified to get hurt again.

    Maybe I'm overanalyzing it.
    Affectionon October 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe scond best song on the album clearly shows that John and Paul created the best vocal harmony ever
    song4juliaon January 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso this was a premenition of John leaving Cynthia.
    song4juliaon January 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with you song4julia - a great hormony, I also like the old black and white video.
    rigelon September 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the first few lines of this song
    "If I fell in love with you would you promise to be true,
    And help me understand?
    ‘Cos I’ve been in love before, and I found that love was more,
    Than just holding hands"

    so much meaning right there..isn't love more then just holding hands?
    poohbear1on June 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis one's about being tired of one girl and wanting to make sure that new girls you meet will be better than the one you've got right now
    Billie_Joeon June 29, 2003   Link

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