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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  • +3
    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
  • +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
  • +2
    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
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    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
    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 24, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, the first time i hear this song was so long time ago. But the second time, it was a few hours ago when my date sang it to me with piano. And she doesn't know that the lyrics she sang describe perfectly what i'm hoping for her.
    Aboywhojustlikemeon May 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEverytime I listen to this song, I think John wrote it about a guy (...Paul, hehe).

    "That you would love me more than her."

    Grammatically speaking, it should be "she" at the end. Right now, it means: You would love me more than (you love) her. This implies it's a guy he's singing to who has a girlfriend/wife.

    But of course we all know John likes to play with language. And her sounds better than she.
    lucimonon November 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song, beautiful, really.

    I don´t understand, why Ferjll means, that this song is about Brian?? I think it is related to Stuart Sutcliffe. Some indications leads us to possibility, they were..., I don´t know how formulate it... maybe something like lovers (Tony Sheridan admitted that "some love thing happened" between John & Stu). I think he was a bit confused about his feelings and insecure what will happen if he deserve Cynthia and also - could he trust Stuart? A big decision in one´s life, isn´t?

    Also the fact, John was really jealous on other people who were in contact with Stu, he was very possessive to him. Very interesting is that he has beaten up Cynthia when he saw her dancing with Stuart. Interesting - because he used to beat up other men who invited Cyn to dance, not his own girlfriend. Why he insluted Cynthia instead Stuart?
    lindenliebeon March 27, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI really think that so far, Atman's interpretation is spot on. I think the singer is hesitant about starting a new relationship with someone who he perceives has the ability to love him in a much more mature fashion than his last lover. It's not the new lover who makes him afraid to start a new relationship, it's his experiences with his previous lover who maybe acted like love was more of a fairytale hence the line "love is more than holding hands".

    Additionally, I think that the reason he believes the previous lover will cry when she discovers that he is with his new lover is because the new lover is either someone they both know or is someone she would never expect him to be with. Maybe it's someone she never imagined he would be with. Kind of like a shocking discovery that your new lover moved on to someone you would never think he would date. Maybe the new lover is not as pretty as she is but has more to offer than she does. Maybe he knows for some reason, the previous lover would think she is a better selection than his new lover because she is prettier than her albeit for him, he is looking at the character of the new woman who he believes would love him better.
    Nish10on February 14, 2018   Link
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    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

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