Learn To Play: IF

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David Gates, Songwriter



David Ashworth Gates (born December 11, 1940) is an American singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the group Bread, which reached the tops of the musical charts in Europe and North America on several occasions in the 1970s. The band was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. One of my favorite songs that is so soothing and picturesque is called IF. Remember the group, Bread and I wondered... do you have a favorite hit song from them?

This one is played slowly with lots of arpeggiated, broken chords in the left hand. 


Key of F

     F                C                 Cm               F7 Bb
if a picture paints a thousand words then why can't i paint you?
    Bbm               F        Bbm6              C7sus4 C7
the words will never show the you i've come to know
     F                  C                 Cm          F7  Bb
if a face could launch a thousand ships the where am i to go?
         Bbm            F             Bbm6             C7 C#dim
there's no one home but you, you're all that's left me to
     Dm    Db+        F            Bb6
and when my love for life is running dry
     Am7-5      D7   Gm7 Gm7-5  C7
you come and pour yourself on me
      F             C             Cm      F7        Bb
if a man could be two places at one time i'd be with you
  Bbm          F      Bbm6             C7sus4 C7
tomorrow and today beside you all the way
       F                       C             Cm     F7     Bb
if the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die
     Bbm                F     Bbm6                   C7 C#dim
i'd spend the end with you and when the world was through
     Dm     C#+     F                  Bb6
then one by one the stars would all go out
      Am7-5   D7      Gm7    C7sus  C7 F Gm7 Gm7-5 F
then you and i would simply fly away...

Key of A


intro: A-AM7-A7-D-Dm-A-Dm6-E7
     A                AM7                 A7               D
if a picture paints a thousand words then why can't i paint you?
    Dm               A        Dm6                E7
the words will never show the you i've come to know
     A                   AM7                 A7           D
if a face could launch a thousand ships the where am i to go?
         Dm            A             Dm6                E7
there's no one home but you, you're all that's left me to
     F#m    F#m+M7    F#m7            D6
and when my love for life is running dry
     C#m7      F#7   Bm7        E7
you come and pour yourself on me
      A             AM7             A7               D
if a man could be two places at one time i'd be with you
  Dm          A      Dm6                   E7
tomorrow and today beside you all the way
     A                        AM7             A7            D
if the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die
     Dm                 A     Dm6                   E7
i'd spend the end with you and when the world was through
     F#m    F#m+M7   F#m7              D6
then one by one the stars would all go out
      C#m7   F#7      Bm7    E7  A D Dm6 A
then you and i would simply fly away...


Guitar Chords


Song Lyrics with guitar chords for If - David Gates & Bread, 1971 Download full song as PDF file (For printing etc. no ads or banners)

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