If I Fell
The Beatles Lyrics


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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

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

If I trust in you oh please
Don't run 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

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

So I hope you see that I
Would love to love you
And that she will cry




When she learns we are two
If I fell in love with you

Overall Meaning

The Beatles's "If I Fell" is a love song about the fear and uncertainty of falling in love. The opening line, "If I fell in love with you," sets up the central dilemma of the song: the singer is afraid of getting hurt, but is drawn to someone and wants to take a chance on love. The lyrics suggest that the singer has been hurt before in love and is hesitant to open up and trust again. He's asking his prospective partner to help him understand what love really means, as he's realized that it's more than just holding hands.


The second verse of the song is particularly poignant, as the singer lays out his fears and expectations for the relationship. He needs to be sure that his partner will love him more than anyone else, specifically referencing a previous partner who hurt him. He's asking for honesty and trust from his partner, but also acknowledging that he's vulnerable and doesn't want to be hurt again. The chorus reiterates this fear of pain and heartbreak, hoping that their connection will be true and not just temporary.


The lyrics of "If I Fell" are tender and vulnerable, reflecting the complicated emotions that come with falling in love. The singers' fear of getting hurt is balanced by their desire for connection and intimacy, and they grapple with the uncertainty and risk of opening up to someone new.


Line by Line Meaning

If I fell in love with you
If I were to fall deeply in love with you


Would you promise to be true
Would you make a commitment to be honest and loyal to me


And help me understand
And would you assist me in comprehending the intricate aspects of love


'Cause I've been in love before
Due to my previous experiences with love,


And I found that love was more
I recognized that love entailed more aspects than just physical attraction


Than just holding hands
It wasn't merely about physical touch or affection


If I give my heart to you
If I were to entrust my love to you


I must be sure
I must be confident


From the very start
Right from the beginning


That you would love me more than her
That your feelings for me will exceed your feelings for anyone else, particularly her


If I trust in you oh please
If I have faith in you, I implore you


Don't run and hide
Please don't shy away from me or avoid me


If I love you too oh please
If I reciprocate the love you have for me, I plead with you


Don't hurt my pride like her
Please avoid causing me a similar humiliation as I suffered from her previously


'Cause I couldn't stand the pain
Because I am not emotionally strong enough to endure the hurt and sadness that follows with betrayal and rejection


And I would be sad if our new love was in vain
And it would be a great disappointment if our love also ended up being unproductive


So I hope you see that I
Therefore, I hope you comprehend that I


Would love to love you
Have a strong desire to truly love you


And that she will cry
And that she will experience emotional distress


When she learns we are two
When she discovers that we are now a couple


Cause I couldn't stand the pain
Once again, I reiterate my inability to withstand emotional ache


And I would be sad if our new love was in vain
My sorrow would be profound if our relationship became futile


So I hope you see that I
Therefore, I hope you comprehend that I


Would love to love you
Have a strong desire to truly love you


And that she will cry
And that she will experience emotional distress


When she learns we are two
When she discovers that we are now a couple




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: John Winston Lennon, Paul James McCartney

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