Thursday, February 15, 2007

"If I fell"

Lots of early Beatles songs have somewhat dubious lyrics. This one, for instance.

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

This first verse is okay.

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

This one's sort of dubious--I mean, jeez, John, for one thing, this new girl presumably doesn't even know "her;" how's she gonna know what "more" would consist of? But more importantly, who starts a relationship by DEMANDING an ABSOLUTE GUARANTEE that it be the greatest thing ever? I don't anticipate this going particularly well.

If I trust in you, oh please
Don't run away 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

I don't think that's why she's running away and hiding. "Hurt my pride?" Did she hurt your precious feelings? Talk about whiny. I don't get a sense that ol' John is particularly emotionally mature here. Which would fit in with what I know of the historical record.

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

This verse is the REAL killer. Dude. Why, exactly, are you trying to pull a guilt trip on this poor woman by telling her how much she'll be hurting your ex, whom she doesn't even know and who never did anything to her? I think your ulterior motives are a bit too obvious here. And they ain't pretty. God knows what the "'cause" is doing here. How are the two lines causally connected? IT IS A MYSTERY!

In conclusion, this song is silly.


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