Song of the Day #4,276: ‘If This Is It’ – Huey Lewis and the News

My 12th favorite 1983 album is one I definitely listened to at the time. Huey Lewis and the News were a big hit in my house, and I vividly remember listening to my older sister’s vinyl copy of the album Sports.

This baby has one hell of a tracklist. It could be mistaken for a greatest hits collection, boasting songs such as ‘The Heart of Rock and Roll,’ ‘Heart and Soul,’ ‘I Want a New Drug,’ ‘Walking On a Thin Line’ and today’s SOTD, ‘If This Is It,’ a favorite of mine.

Lewis delivered a radio-friendly brand of blue-eyed soul that made him instantly popular. It’s never been very cool to dig Huey Lewis but I think his music has aged well.

[Verse 1]
I’ve been phoning
A-Night and morning
I heard you say:
“Tell him I’m not home”

Now you’re confessing
But I’m still guessing
I’ve been your fool
For so, so long

[Pre-Chorus 1]
Girl, don’t lie
Just to save my feelings
Girl, don’t cry
And tell me nothing’s wrong

Girl don’t try
To make up phony reasons
I’d rather leave
Than never believe

[Chorus 1]
If this is it
Please let me know
If this ain’t love
You’d better let me go

If this is it
(Ooh-wap)
I want to know
If this ain’t love, baby
Just say so

[Verse 2]
You’ve been thinking
And I’ve been drinking
We both know that it’s
Just not right

Now you’re pretending
That it’s not ending
You’ll say anything
To avoid a fight

[Pre-Chorus 2]
Girl, don’t lie
And tell me that you need me
Girl, don’t cry
And tell me nothing’s wrong

I’ll be all right
A-One way or another
So let me go
Or make me want to stay

[Chorus 2]
If this is it
Please let me know
(Ooh) If this ain’t love

You’d better let me go

If this is it
I want to know
If this ain’t love, baby
Just say so

[Guitar solo: Chris Hayes]

[Chorus 3]
(Ooh-wap) If this is it
(Ooh-woah) Please let me know
(Ooh) If this ain’t love
You’d better let me go

If this is it
I want to know
If this ain’t love, baby
Just say so

(If this is it
Please let me know)
I wanna know
(Ooh)
(If this is it)
If this is it
(Please let me know)
I gotta know
(Ooh)

(If this is it)
You better let me know
(Please let me know)
(Ooh)
Just say so
(If this is it
Please let me know
Ooh
If this is it
Please let me know
(Ooh)

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,276: ‘If This Is It’ – Huey Lewis and the News

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Ah, this does take me back! It may not have been cool to like Huey Lewis, but, as Huey himself said, “it’s hip to be square.”

  2. Peg says:

    This one I remember well! It was definitely a favorite in our house.

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