If I Could Turn Back Time

Cher

About If I Could Turn Back Time

"If I Could Turn Back Time" is a song recorded by American singer and actress Cher for her nineteenth studio album Heart of Stone (1989). It was released on July 1, 1989, by Geffen Records as the album's lead single. The song was written especially for Cher by Diane Warren, who produced it with Guy Roche. Cher initially disliked the track after listening to a demo tape sung by Warren, but subsequently changed her opinion after Warren convinced her to record it. Highly successful around the globe, "If I Could Turn Back Time" was seen as a major comeback for Cher in the late 1980s. It charted at number one in Australia and Norway, as well as reaching number three in the United States and number six in the United Kingdom. It also became Cher's second consecutive solo number-one hit on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. The track was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the sales of 500,000 copies. In November 2011, Billboard reported the digital sales of "If I Could Turn Back Time" to be 394,000 in the US. Gary Hill of AllMusic retrospectively wrote that the song "has a crunchy texture to it, albeit in a poppy, '80s Starship sort of arrangement." 


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1999
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#6

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If I could turn back time
If I could find a way
I'd take back those words that'll hurt you and you'd stay
I don't know why I did the things I did
I don't know why I said the things I said
Love's like a knife it can cut deep inside
Words are like weapons, they wound sometimes

I didn't really mean to hurt you
I didn't want to see you go
I know I made you cry, but baby

If I could turn back time
If I could find a way
I'd take back those words that'd hurt you
And you'd stay
If I could reach the stars
I'd give 'em all to you
Then you'd love me, love me, like you used to do
If I could turn back time

My world was shattered I was torn apart
Like someone took a knife and drove it deep in my heart
You walked out that door I swore that I didn't care
But I lost everything darling then and there

Too strong to tell you I was sorry
Too proud to tell you I was wrong
I know that I was blind,
And darling

If I could turn back time
If I could find a way
I'd take back those words that'll hurt you
And you'd stay
If I could reach the stars
I'd give them all to you
Then you'd love me, love me, like you used to do, oh

If I could turn back time
If I could turn back time
If I could turn back time, whoa baby

I didn't really mean to hurt you
I didn't want to see you go
I know I made you cry, but baby

If I could turn back time
If I could find a way
I'd take back those words that hurt you
If I could reach the stars
I'd give 'em all to you
Then you'd love me, love me, like you used to do

If I could turn back time
If I could find a way
Then maybe, maybe, maybe
You'd stay
(Reach the stars) If I could reach the stars
(All to you) I'd give 'em all to you

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Cher

Cher ( /ˈʃɛər/; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. A major figure for over five decades in popular culture, she is often referred to as the Goddess of Pop for having first brought the sense of female autonomy and self-actualization into the entertainment industry. She is known for her distinctive contralto and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as for continuously reinventing both her music and image, the latter of which has caused controversy. more »

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Written by: Diane Warren

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11 facts about this song

Creation
"If I Could Turn Back Time" is a song by American singer Cher and songwriter Diane Warren.
Release
This song was released on July 1, 1989, as the second single from Cher's nineteenth studio album, "Heart of Stone."
Chart Rankings
The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States and number one in Australia and Norway.
Award Nominations
It earned Cher a nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 32nd Grammy Awards in 1990.
Music Video Controversy
The music video for the song, featuring Cher singing onboard the USS Missouri, caused controversy due to her risqué outfit and was ultimately banned by several TV stations.
Personal Significance for Cher
Cher has stated that the song holds a special place in her heart and remains one of her favorites.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by numerous artists, including R&B singer Christina Milian and pop group Steps.
Use in Pop Culture
"If I Could Turn Back Time" has been featured in many television shows, movies, and commercials, deriding its status as a classic.
Song Inspiration
The song was written specifically for Cher by songwriter Diane Warren, who knew that Cher was going through a challenging time and thought the song's concept would resonate with her.
Impact on Cher's Career
The song proved to be a major comeback for Cher, cementing her status as a successful solo artist.
Live Performances
"If I Could Turn Back Time" has been a standard part of Cher's live performances since its release and was included in her set list during her Las Vegas residency.

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