If Lyrics – Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother

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If (Waters) 4:30

If I were a swan, I’d be gone.
If I were a train, I’d be late.
And if I were a good man,
I’d talk with you
More often than I do.

If I were to sleep, I could dream.
If I were afraid, I could hide.
If I go insane, please don’t put
Your wires in my brain.

If I were the moon, I’d be cool.
If I were a book, I would bend for you.
If I were a good man, I’d understand
The spaces between friends.

If I were alone, I would cry.
And if I were with you, I’d be home and dry.
And if I go insane,
And they lock me away,
Will you still let me join in the game?

If I were a swan, I’d be gone.
If I were a train, I’d be late again.
If I were a good man,
I’d talk with you
More often than I do.

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02. If
03. Summer ’68
04. Fat Old Sun
05. Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast

About the Song

“If” is a song by Pink Floyd from their 1970 album “Atom Heart Mother.” This track is known for its introspective lyrics and simple, folk-like arrangement, which stands in contrast to the grandiosity of the album’s title suite. Written and sung by Roger Waters, “If” is a personal reflection filled with hypotheticals and musings on one’s self and actions.

In the song “If” from their album “Atom Heart Mother,” Pink Floyd presents a moment of introspection amidst their more grandiose compositions. This acoustic track, with its gentle guitar strumming and soft vocals, offers a stark intimacy courtesy of Roger Waters’ contemplative lyricism.

The lyrics of “If” are a series of thoughtful and often self-critical hypotheticals. Waters ponders his own character and actions, questioning how he interacts with the world and those around him. Lines like “If I were a good man, I’d talk with you more often than I do” reveal a vulnerability that’s both personal and universal, as listeners are invited to reflect on their own lives.

Musically, “If” is one of Pink Floyd’s more straightforward and subdued works, yet its emotional resonance is undeniable. Its simplicity serves as a canvas for the listener’s own thoughts and feelings, making it one of the more relatable and poignant songs in the Pink Floyd catalogue.

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