Bob Dylan: If Not For You (1970)

August 31, 2007

Music theory books like to say that in classical music, chords rarely regress from the dominant to the subdominant, but that is what this entire song is about harmonically. Here is an outtake from the Concert for Bangla Desh, with George Harrison and Bob Dylan singing Dylan’s 1970 song “If Not For You.”

IF NOT FOR YOU

If not for you,
Babe, I couldn’t find the door,
Couldn’t even see the floor,
I’d be sad and blue,
If not for you.

If not for you,
Babe, I’d lay awake all night,
Wait for the mornin’ light
To shine in through,
But it would not be new,
If not for you.

If not for you
My sky would fall,
Rain would gather too.
Without your love I’d be nowhere at all,
I’d be lost if not for you,
And you know it’s true.

If not for you
My sky would fall,
Rain would gather too.
Without your love I’d be nowhere at all,
Oh! What would I do
If not for you.

If not for you,
Winter would have no spring,
Couldn’t hear the robin sing,
I just wouldn’t have a clue,
Anyway it wouldn’t ring true,
If not for you.

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ComposerBastard August 31, 2007 at 4:19 am

IV-V-IV…suspense……..>

but, would you like to know what unkle Ned R. thinks ’bout bobby?

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