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What if I Had Never Let You Go

 

What If I Had Never Let You Go” (“What If”) is the debut single by English actress Kate Winslet. Released as a single in November 2001, it is taken from the animated film Christmas Carol: The Movie which is based on the Charles Dickens classic novel.

Please enjoy this video production and if you like, follow the lyrics to “What If I Had Never Let You Go” below.

What If Video by Kate Winslet

“What If” Lyrics (What If I Had Never Let You Go)

Here I stand alone
With this weight upon my heart
And it will not go away
In my head I keep on looking back
Right back to the start
Wondering what it was that made you change
Well I tried
But I had to draw the line
And still this question keeps on spinning in my mind

What if I had never let you go
Would you be the man I used to know
If I’d stayed
If you’d tried
If we could only turn back time
But I guess we’ll never know

Many roads to take
Some to joy
Some to heart-ache
Anyone can lose their way
And if I said that we could turn it back
Right back to the start
Would you take the chance and make the change
Do you think how it would have been sometimes
Do you pray that I’d never left your side

What if I had never let you go
Would you be the man I used to know
If I’d stayed
If you’d tried
If we could only turn back time
But I guess we’ll never know

If only we could turn the hands of time
If I could take you back would you still be mine
‘Cause I tried
But I had to draw the line
And still this question keep on spinning in my mind

What if I had never let you go
Would you be the man I used to know
What if I had never walked away
‘Cause I still love you more than I can say
If I’d stayed
If you’d tried
If we could only turn back time
But I guess we’ll never know
We’ll never know

 

Background to “What If I Had Never Let You Go” sung by Kate Winslet

“What If” is the debut single by English actress Kate Winslet. Released as a single in November 2001, it is taken from the animated film Christmas Carol: The Movie which is based on the Charles Dickens classic novel. Winslet provided the voice of Belle in the feature, which also stars Nicolas Cage, Jane Horrocks and Simon Callow.

“What If” was written and produced by Steve Mac and is a ballad that follows the film’s theme, as Belle laments the end of her and Scrooge’s relationship and wonders what could have been. It was the only song to be released from the official movie soundtrack.

News that Winslet was secretly recording the one-off single to vie for the 2001 UK Christmas number one spot was reported in the Daily Mirror. In the event, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number six, and was beaten to the Christmas top spot by Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman’s version of “Somethin’ Stupid”.

“What If” debuted at Number 1 on the Irish Singles Chart on 7 December 2001, toppling Irish television puppet Dustin’s version of “Sweet Caroline”. It remained at number 1 for four weeks. The song also topped the charts in Austria and Belgium (Flanders) singles chart, was a Top 10 hit in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and won the 2002 OGAE Song Contest.

An accompanying music video, which was directed by Paul Donnellon and produced by Chris Horton, shows Winslet walking around an old Victorian house, along with clips from the film. At Winslet’s request, the proceeds from the single were given to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Sargent Cancer Care for Children.

Cover versions

In 2004, a dance remake of the song was released by Ronny V featuring Nanda.In 2008, the 2007 X-Factor finalist Rhydian Roberts included a duet of the song with American singer and Broadway actress Idina Menzel on his debut album Rhydian. Britain’s Got Talent 2010 semi-finalist Olivia Archbold performed this song. She came in third place in the semi-finals and lost the judges’ votes to Tobias Mead. Due to the performance; “What If” re-entered the UK Singles Charts charts at number 76 on 6 June 2010.

Source:  Wikipedia

Songwriters: MARCHELLO, ANTHONY
What If lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

 

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