If I Ever Needed Someone
Van Morrison Lyrics


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Lord if I ever needed someone I need you
Lord if I ever needed someone I need you

To see me through the daytime
And through the long lonely night
To lead me through the darkness
And on into the light
To stand with me when I'm in trouble
And help me through my strife
When times get so uncertain I turn to you
Turn to you in my young life

Lord if I ever needed someone I need you
Lord if I ever needed someone I need you

Someone to hold onto
And keep me from all fear
Someone to be my guiding light
And keep me ever dear
To keep me from my selfishness
To keep me from my sorrow
To lead me on to givingness
So I can see a new tomorrow

Lord if I ever needed someone I need you
Lord if I ever needed someone I need you

Someone to walk with
Someone to hold my hand
Someone to talk with
Someone to understand

To call on when I need you
And I need you very much
To open up my arms to you
And feel your tender touch
To feel it and to keep it
Just right here in my soul
And care for it and keep it with me
Never to grow old

Lord if I ever needed someone I need you
Lord if I ever needed someone I need you




Lord if I ever needed someone I need you
Lord if I ever needed someone I need you

Overall Meaning

Van Morrison's song "If I Ever Needed Someone" is a heartfelt expression of the singer’s need for companionship and spiritual support. Throughout the lyrics, he calls out to a higher power, specifically, God, to serve as a guiding force in his life's journey. The song reflects on Morrison's struggle to find a sense of purpose, direction, and comfort amidst the uncertainties of life.


The song's opening line, "Lord if I ever needed someone I need you," sets the tone for vulnerability and reliance on a divine presence that permeates throughout the track. As Morrison calls on God to be there for him through all life's trials and tribulations, he also acknowledges his own shortcomings and need for redemption. The lines "To keep me from my selfishness, To keep me from my sorrow, To lead me on to givingness, So I can see a new tomorrow" suggest a longing to transform himself by finding purpose in serving others.


The song's beautiful melody, soulful rhythm, and poetic lyrics make it a standout track in Morrison's repertoire. It speaks to the universal desire for human connection and spiritual guidance. In essence, "If I Ever Needed Someone" is a beautiful reminder that we all need someone or something to turn to in times of trouble and that it's okay to ask for help when we need it.


Line by Line Meaning

Lord if I ever needed someone I need you
Expressing the intense need for Lord's support and guidance in life


To see me through the daytime
To get through the day with the Lord's presence and help


And through the long lonely night
To seek the Lord's guidance and comfort during difficult and lonely times


To lead me through the darkness
To be led by the Lord during dark and uncertain periods of life


And on into the light
To continue following the Lord's guidance towards a brighter future


To stand with me when I'm in trouble
To have the Lord's support during times of trouble and distress


And help me through my strife
To receive help and comfort from the Lord during difficult times


When times get so uncertain I turn to you
When life gets uncertain and complicated, the Lord is the one to turn to for guidance


Turn to you in my young life
From an early age, the singer recognizes the need for the Lord's guidance


Someone to hold onto
A desire for someone, in this case the Lord, to provide stability and support in life


And keep me from all fear
To overcome fear and anxiety with the help of the Lord's support and guidance


Someone to be my guiding light
The Lord is seen as a source of direction and guidance in life


And keep me ever dear
To be valued and cherished with the help of the Lord's guidance and love


To keep me from my selfishness
To overcome the tendency for selfishness and self-centeredness with the help of the Lord


To keep me from my sorrow
To overcome sadness and despair through the Lord's comfort and support


To lead me on to givingness
To be guided towards generosity and kindness with the help of the Lord's guidance


So I can see a new tomorrow
To have hope and a new perspective on life with the help of the Lord's guidance and love


Someone to walk with
A desire for the Lord to be always present and accompanying in life's journey


Someone to hold my hand
A desire for the Lord's comfort and support through life's difficulties


Someone to talk with
To have a relationship with the Lord and be able to communicate with Him


Someone to understand
To have the Lord's empathy and comprehension in times of need


To call on when I need you
To rely on the Lord for help and support when in need


And I need you very much
To acknowledge the deep need for the Lord's presence and guidance in life


To open up my arms to you
To be receptive to the Lord's love and embrace


And feel your tender touch
To feel the Lord's comforting and loving touch


To feel it and to keep it
To cherish and hold onto the Lord's love and guidance


Just right here in my soul
To have the Lord's presence within one's being


And care for it and keep it with me
To nurture and hold onto one's relationship with the Lord


Never to grow old
To have an everlasting and timeless relationship with the Lord




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: VAN MORRISON

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