If I Loved You

Perry Como, Russ Case & His Orchestra

About If I Loved You

"If I Loved You" is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. The song was introduced by John Raitt as "Billy Bigelow" and Jan Clayton as "Julie" in the original Broadway production. The song was performed in the 1956 film version Carousel by Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones. In the show, the characters of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan sing this song as they hesitantly declare their love for one another, yet are too shy to express their true feelings. The song was in turn inspired by lines of dialogue from Ferenc Molnár's original Liliom, the source material for the musical. There were four hit versions of the song in 1945: Perry Como (#3), Frank Sinatra (#7), Bing Crosby (#8) and Harry James (8). Many artists have recorded the song over the years. 


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If I loved you 
Time and again I would try to say 
All I'd want you to know! 

If I loved you 
Words wouldn't come in an easy way 
'Round in circles I'd go! 

Longing to tell you 
But afraid an' shy 
I'd let my golden chances pass me by! 

Soon you'd leave me 
Off you would go in the mist of day 
Never, never to know 
How I love you 
If I loved you! 

Soon you'd leave me 
Off you would go in the mist of day 
Never, never to know 
How I love you 
If I loved you!

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Perry Como

Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century he recorded exclusively for the RCA Victor label after signing with them in 1943. "Mr. C.", as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records for Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and pioneered a weekly musical variety television show, which set the standards for the genre and proved to be one of the most successful in television history. Como was seen weekly on television from 1949 to 1963, then continued hosting the Kraft Music Hall variety program on a monthly basis until 1967. His television shows and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world. Also a popular recording artist, Perry Como pro… more »

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10 facts about this song

Song's Origin
"If I Loved You" is originally from the musical "Carousel" which was first performed on Broadway in 1945.
Music and Lyrics
The song was composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II.
Broadway Star
The song was first performed on stage by John Raitt and Jan Clayton in the original Broadway production.
Bing Crosby's Version
Mirroring his distinctive charm and warm baritone voice, Bing Crosby recorded his own version of the song which was released through Decca Records.
Frank Sinatra's Interpretation
Known for his unique phrasing and emotive style, Frank Sinatra also recorded a version of "If I Loved You" which was well received by audiences.
Gordon MacRae's Rendition
Gordon MacRae, famous for his role in the film adaptation of "Carousel," reprised his performance of "If I Loved You" for the film's soundtrack.
Perry Como Performance
Perry Como, known for his smooth and relaxed singing style, also recorded his own version of "If I Loved You."
Shirley Jones in Film
Shirley Jones, who played the role of Julie Jordan in the 1956 film adaptation of "Carousel," performed a duet version of "If I Loved You" with Gordon MacRae.
Critical Acclaim
"If I Loved You" is considered one of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's greatest love songs and is frequently performed in many concerts, operas, and musicals.
Cultural Impact
The song became so popular that numerous artists have covered it, and it has been integrated into many music and literature courses as a classic example of American musical theater.

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