Song of the Day #423: ‘If I Fell’ – The Beatles

beatlesfellI’m sticking with A Hard Day’s Night for my second tune this Beatles Weekend, highlighting one of my favorite songs on that album, and in the band’s entire catalog — ‘If I Fell.’

This is actually the second time I’ve featured ‘If I Fell’ on this blog. The first was back in April, when I chose Evan Rachel Wood’s version from the film Across the Universe as my 277th Song of the Day. I believe this song joins Ben Folds Five’s ‘Emaline’ (a live version and a cover) as the only songs to appear in two different Song of the Day posts.

I’ll go ahead and link up a third version of the song because I know Amy will if I don’t. 🙂 Here’s American Idol contestant Jason Castro’s version with the added benefit of clips from one of television’s very best shows, Friday Night Lights.

And now, with all that housekeeping out of the way, make room for the main attraction… John and Paul’s harmony vocals on the definitive version of one of the best songs ever written.

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

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #423: ‘If I Fell’ – The Beatles

  1. Amy says:

    Just in case anyone wants to see/hear him sing it live 🙂 – and also see why Maddie and I want to kill the “fans” in the front that clap for everything, and why we’ll miss Paula “I feel your heart” Abdul. And Simon calls the song boring. Come on!

    Now to the song… it’s one of the best Beatles songs of all times. What more can anybody say? Certainly deserving of being one of the rare songs that gets a double feature on your blog! I recall this was the song we collectively crowned their best a few years back, no? However, after a day of Rock Band, I’m reminded that the competetion for such a title is tough indeed.

  2. Clay says:

    Actually, the winner was ‘In My Life’ but this one made it very far.

  3. Amy says:

    Ah, “In My Life” – hope we get to talk about that one in some weekend to come 🙂

  4. Clay says:

    It was a Song of the Day last December.

  5. Dana says:

    I agree that this is upper-tier amongst the best Beatles songs, meaning de facto one of the best songs ever by anybody. Indeed, this is such a good song, and would have fit so well on Rubber Soul, that I wonder if moving that song to Soul would in and of itself have Clay ranking Soul as his favorite album.:)

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