If You Were My Love (2014)

Tonight there are no saviors
This night outside my window
And the sun turns away
As the moon rolls over the mountain
And you are lost in your dreaming
Where is the wild white rose
Oh no, my hands reach for numbers
For someone that could tell me
Oh, if you were my love
If you were my love

With your crosses to bear
And your dreams that still live on
With your crosses to bear now
And your dreams that still live on
Moment to moment, yeah, yeah
Moment to moment
Well, they say that everyone, everyone, everyone
Must remain faithful

However momentarily
Now, now, if I were the one
Who watched over your sleeping
No, no, you would never
Never have been frightened
Oh, oh, no, no, not at all

And our dreams that still live on
With our crosses to bear
And our dreams that still live on
Well, moment to moment, yeah yeah
Moment to moment
Well, they say everyone, everyone
Must remain faithful, oh, ooh

If you were my love
If you were my love, yeah yeah
If you were my love, whoa, yeah yeah
If you were my love, yeah yeah
Moment to moment

If you were my love
If you were my love
If you were my love
If you were my love
No, no everyone

If you were my love
No, you must remain
If you were my love
If you were my love
If you were my love
If you were my love
If you were my love

If you were my love
If you were my love
If you were my love
If you were my love
It goes on and on and on, now, baby
If you were my love
Oh, no
If you were my love
It goes on and on down

(Stevie Nicks) © 2014 Welsh Witch Music (BMI). Administered by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI)

About the Song

“If You Were My Love” is a track from 24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault (2014), Stevie Nicks’ eighth solo album. The song dates back to a 1980 demo that Stevie rehearsed for her first solo album Bella Donna (1981) and again for Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage (1982) and her fifth solo album Street Angel (1994). In 1993, Nicks recorded and completed the track for Street Angel, but removed it from the album after re-mixing the recording with producer Thom Panunzio in 1993.

Stevie wrote the song about the experience of working with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for the first time in 1980.

“It’s like a love song, but it’s not. It’s about going outside your own life and getting attached to something that isn’t yours. It’s been kind of like falling in love with another band — for a minute. It has nothing to do with — and truly, clarify this — there is absolutely nothing going on between me and anybody in that band. They’re all married. They’re all expecting babies. That’s what makes it very easy for me to be with them and be their friend, and almost be one of the guys.” (Chicago Tribune-New York News, September 1981)

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Mirage Demo

Street Angel Outtake

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