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If I Had You
Etta Jones Lyrics


I could show the world how to smile
I could be glad all of the while
I could change the grey skies to blues
If I had you
I could leave the old days behind
Leave all my pals, I'd never mind
I could start my life all a new
If I had you
I could climb the snow capped mountains
Sail the mighty ocean wide
I could cross the burning desert
If I had you by my side
I could be a king, dear, uncrowned
Humble or poor, rich or renowned
There is nothing I couldn't do
If I had you

I could show the world how to smile
I could be glad all of the while
I could change the grey skies to blues
If I had you
I could leave the old days behind
Leave all my pals, I'd never mind
I could start my life all a new
If I had you
I could climb the snow capped mountains
Sail the mighty ocean wide
I could cross the burning desert
If I had you by my side
I could be a king, dear, uncrowned
Humble or poor, rich or renowned
There is nothing I couldn't do

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Written by: GORDON MILLS

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mid-century pop

《Let me translate the words of this song into Japanese…》

♪以下はこの曲の拙訳になりますー鑑賞の際の参考になれば幸いです。。。


みんなに “微笑み” のお手本を見せてあげられる 嬉しい気持ちでいれるのー四六時中ね /曇り空だってブルーに変えられる 貴方が居てくれたら

すべての過去と訣別できる 友達もみんな棄てるわー気にしたりとかしない /人生を最初からやり直せるの 貴方が居てくれたら

雪を被った山にだって登れるし 遥かな大海原だって航海できる /灼熱の砂漠も渡って行けるわーもし貴方がそばに居てくれるなら

女王にだってなれるのー冠こそないけどね つましく居たり赤貧に耐えたり お金持ちとかセレブになったり /出来ないことなんてない 貴方が居てくれたら…


♪スタンダードとしてはかなり早い時期(1928年)に創られたナンバーなので、ことにブリッジ部分など、歌詞にちょい時代ががった雰囲気が無いでもないですが、うねるかのごとき起伏にとんだメロディ・ラインや、サビでの効果的な転調などのお陰か、その発表以来あまたのシンガーやジャズメンらに愛し親しまれてきた英国産の佳調ですー作詞はアーヴィング・キング、作曲はテッド・シャピロら三人の連名になっていますが、ネット情報によれば実質シャピロが手掛けた作品のようです。

♪そのフレージング的には “レディ・デイ” からの影響を強く感じさせるエッタですが、声質がよりネアカとでもいうのか、カラッとしていて聴き易かったりもするので、個人的には大好きなシンガーの一人です。それでいてこうしたシットリとしたフィーリングを醸し出すのも上手く、確かに多少クセの強い部分はありますが、その分好きな人には堪らない魅力の持ち主なのではーとも思います。彼女のデビュー作にあたる King に録れたLPを、長年捜しつゝもまだ聴けていないので、出来ればどなたかアップしては頂けないものでしょうか…



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I could show the world how to smile
I could be glad all of the while
I could change the grey skies to blues
If I had you
I could leave the old days behind
Leave all my pals, I'd never mind
I could start my life all a new
If I had you
I could climb the snow capped mountains
Sail the mighty ocean wide
I could cross the burning desert
If I had you by my side
I could be a king, dear, uncrowned
Humble or poor, rich or renowned
There is nothing I couldn't do
If I had you
I could show the world how to smile
I could be glad all of the while
I could change the grey skies to blues
If I had you
I could leave the old days behind
Leave all my pals, I'd never mind
I could start my life all a new
If I had you
I could climb the snow capped mountains
Sail the mighty ocean wide
I could cross the burning desert
If I had you by my side
I could be a king, dear, uncrowned
Humble or poor, rich or renowned
There is nothing I couldn't do



David Mehnert

🇬🇧 IN CAMILLA LOT 🐫🐪🐫

May a queen be UN-crowned
(And still OWN our love, the richer) as some
Windsor chairs

After-Brexit mint — or me-ding — they’re
Crashing their
Own pound —
Or pond I mean — crossing it
Off or off-off A-list
Or harp on and
On O’Harp lager
Ooning crew at Oohlong Zoo 🀄️
O mews-mutt 🍀
O riley 🐶 jus me
Wutevers ...

But who cares?
Brisphilly Balonialist Bruisers,
I got noose 4 ewe 4 me 2
Today this lamb be lit &
So scrood up &
Hotter than a Hef’n-half teaspoon
In sum-dum 🥣 ease-ows🦉today

( yep — ice edit, Demi —
i sho did i sed it i sho
did Surrey not sorry in French

on Ta-Ha papa ...papa ROTC .. r u ok? 👀
hope so

🌈👧🏾🐸 “O riley I don’t care if he be
Cured .. “ you go gurl 🍊🍊🍊
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJGUbwVMBeA



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M.J. Leger

The great Etta Jones who didn't get the recognition she deserved because she was often confused with Etta James, (Etta Jones is by far the better singer), great talent and worked with some of the best in her time, they all wanted to work with Jones, but I think my favorite she worked with (for 30 years) was the superb sax player, Houston Person.

Ben Robertson

Wow, Etta, where have you been hiding all my life? This fabulous!

MJ Lejer

Etta Jones, sadly, was often confused with Etta James and so was never recognized by most of the public as being the better singer, greater talent, that she definitely was! Jones preferred working in smaller groups with smaller combos and as with Houston Person, for long periods of time; that's why they were so good together! It takes a while to learn to work with an artist, to know their types of singing, their style, and only then can you truly please the real musicians in the crowd!

Murp h

A wonderful voice ----she deserved more credit ---- a superb vocalist - go on girl ...

MJ Lejer

@TheKoolkanadian You are so right; Both Billie Holiday and Etta James had drug and alcohol problems that negatively affected their voices, but when asked, they would always sing when they probably should have quit, but money talks loudly! Etta Jones COULD have traveled the world, so could Shirley Horn, but both these great singers preferred to work in smaller groups for smaller audiences. Good taste can call for that often!

TheKoolkanadian

M.J. Leger So well-stated. Agreed. She brings me joy, her wondrous sound. Sort of like if Billie Holiday could've carried a tune. No offense, folks, but Billie was more famous for her troubles than her voice. Being honest. #EttaJones was a #Songstress, an #Intrepreter of the highest caliber. Much Love. ❤🎤

TheKoolkanadian

Murp h So true! 💕❤️👍🏾

M.J. Leger

I hope she knows, wherever she is up there, that we love her incredible voice and presentation of a song, she deserved that recognition long ago, but didn't get it. She's been found and enjoyed once again.

ΕΛΕΝΗ ΠΑΤΣΟΥΡΑΚΟΥ

Όταν ακους αυτές τις φωνές, έχεις την εντύπωση, πως τίποτα κακό δεν πρόκειται να συμβεί.

CrossBonesAlex

One of the very best vocal versions I've heard.

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