Song of the Day #1,162: ‘I Would Be In Love Anyway’ – Frank Sinatra

Track Five of Frank Sinatra’s Watertown is the concluding song of Side One (or Part One, as it is labelled on the packaging). Remember when albums had sides?

The segmentation is appropriate on an album like this one. You can even look at the the two sides as separate acts in a play, with the flipping of your vinyl record playing the role of intermission. I believe the composers plotted and sequenced the album with exactly that in mind.

This concluding song of Part One has our protagonist looking back at the events that have led him to this point and deciding that he wouldn’t trade the past for a better present.

“If I knew then what I know now,” he sings, adopting the cliche. But he subverts it, continuing “I don’t believe I’d ever change, somehow.”

The “somehow” betrays his mixed emotions. Why would he possibly lead himself down this painful path again? Because he loved her. And he continues to love her, as he reveals in the slight twist on the lyrics in the final verse: “I’ll still be in love anyway.”

Part One of Watertown sets up the story and dives into the psyche of the man at its center. He is wounded but resilient, and still a romantic at heart. But what do we know about the woman who left him? Those answers will come (sparingly) in Part Two.

If I lived the past over, saw today from yesterday
I would be in love anyway

If I knew that you’d leave me, if I knew you wouldn’t stay
I would be in love anyway

Sometimes I think, think about before
Sometimes I think, if I knew then what I know now
I don’t believe I’d ever change, somehow

Though you’ll never be with me, and there are no words to say
I’ll still be in love anyway

If I knew then what I know now
I don’t believe I’d ever change, somehow

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,162: ‘I Would Be In Love Anyway’ – Frank Sinatra

  1. Dana says:

    This song really has that late 60’s/early 70’s musical styling and instrumentation. You can imagine Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett or Sinatra himself performing this at the Sands in Vegas in 1970.

    Looking forward to part (side) 2…

  2. pegclifton says:

    I believe this song had some popularity on it’s own, am I correct? I agree Dana that it has that 60/70’s musical styling. Looking forward to side 2 next week 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    I love this song. So bittersweet. Guess I’m a fan of that 60/70’s styling.

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