Half as Much
Rosemary Clooney Lyrics


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If you loved me half as much as I love you
You wouldn't worry me half as much as you do
You're nice to me when there's no one else around
You only build me up to let me down

If you missed me half as much as I miss you
You wouldn't stay away half as much as you do
I know that I would never be this blue
If you only loved me half as much as I love you

You're nice to me when there's no one else around
You only build me up to let me down

If you missed me half as much as I miss you
You wouldn't stay away half as much as you do




I know that I would never be this blue
If you only loved me half as much as I love you

Overall Meaning

The song "Half as Much" by Rosemary Clooney speaks of a one-sided love, where the singer loves someone deeply, but the other person doesn't reciprocate the same intensity. The first stanza talks about the constant worrying caused by the other person, who is not as invested in the relationship as they are, and how they only receive attention when there's nobody else around. The person only builds the singer up to let them down later, highlighting the disappointment and instability caused by the relationship.


The second stanza continues with the same theme of longing, as the singer expresses how much they miss the other person, who doesn't seem to miss them as much. The singer begs for more attention and presence, knowing that they wouldn't be as unhappy if the other person loved them back even half as much. The repeated lines of the first and second stanzas convey the deep hurt caused by unrequited love and how it affects the singer.


Overall, the song depicts the pain and dissatisfaction caused by a one-sided relationship, where one person invests more into it than the other. The lyrics are raw and emotional, conveying the helplessness felt by the singer in the face of unreciprocated love.


Line by Line Meaning

If you loved me half as much as I love you
If your love for me were half the intensity of mine for you


You wouldn't worry me half as much as you do
I wouldn't be troubled by doubts and concerns, if only you reciprocated my love to some extent


You're nice to me when there's no one else around
You show me kindness and affection only in private, when we're alone


You only build me up to let me down
Your compliments and promises never lead to anything substantial or lasting, but rather to disappointment and disillusionment


If you missed me half as much as I miss you
If only you felt the same absence and longing for me that I feel for you


You wouldn't stay away half as much as you do
You wouldn't keep your distance and avoid me for so long, if only you had some affection for me


I know that I would never be this blue
I wouldn't be so sad and lonely, if only I could feel your love and care for me


If you only loved me half as much as I love you
If only you had some measure of the deep and genuine love that I have for you




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Curley Williams

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@KellyHo163

Simple wordings but means a lot: please enjoy!
If you loved me half as much as i love you
You wouldnt worry me half as much as you do

You're nice to me when theres no one else around

You only build me up to let me down

If you missed me half as much as i miss you

You wouldnt stay away half as much as you do

I know that i would never be this blue

If you only loved me half as much as i love you

You're nice to me when theres no one else around

You only build me up to let…



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My mom's favorite singer. Thanks!

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I am reminded of my mother when I listen to this song as it was one of her favorites. She has passed so it brings some comfort to me.

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Your DEAR mother had GOOD taste !

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