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"If It Hadn't Been for Love"
Adele-Rolling In The Deep
Song by Adele
from the album 21
A-side
"Rolling in the Deep"
Released
November 29, 2010
Recorded
XL Studios (London)
Genre
Bluegrass, country
Length
3:08
Label
XL Recordings
Writer(s)
Michael Henderson, Chris Stapleton
Producer(s)
Rodaidh McDonald
21 track listing
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"If It Hadn't Been for Love" is a song originally recorded by the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers and later covered by Adele. Adele's cover of the song was featured on the UK limited edition of her sophomore album 21. She also covered the song on her Adele Live tour; therefore, it also appeared on her live CD/DVD concert film, Live at the Royal Albert Hall.

CompositionEdit

"If It Hadn't Been for Love" was written by Michael Henderson and Christopher Stapleton. [1] Originally recorded by The SteelDrivers, it was featured on their 2008 self-titled LP. [2] Adele's friend and touring guitarist Ben Thomas plays guitar on the track.

ReleaseEdit

The song served as the B-side to the lead single from 21,"Rolling in the Deep." It first appeared on the song's CD single and was later included as a bonus track on various deluxe editions of the album released throughout Europe.

Performances Edit

"If It Hadn't Been for Love" was the only bonus track from 21 to be performed during the Adele Live tour. When introducing the song at the Royal Albert Hall, Adele stated, "I love this song [because] the sentiment is about killing [the singer's] wife. I would certainly kill some of my ex-boyfriends, for fucking sure! Absolutely, I would! And I reckon all of [the concertgoers] would as well! I reckon you've all got an ex, unless you're a lucky one that's been with the one person all your life — I don't know how lucky that is, though, to be honest!" [3]

LyricsEdit

Never would've hitchhiked to Birmingham
If it hadn't been for love
Never would've caught the train to Louisiana
If it hadn't been for love
Never would've run through the blinding rain
Without one dollar to my name
If it hadn't been, if it hadn't been for love

Never would've seen the trouble that I'm in
If it hadn't been for love
Would've been gone like a wayward wind
If it hadn't been for love
Nobody knows it better than me:
I wouldn't be wishing I was free
If it hadn't been, if it hadn't been for love

Four cold walls against my will
At least I know he's lying still
Four cold walls without parole
Lord have mercy on my soul

Never would've gone to that side of town
If it hadn't been for love
Never would've took a mind to track him down
If it hadn't been for love
Never would've loaded up a forty-four
And put myself behind a jailhouse door
If it hadn't been, if it hadn't been for love

Four cold walls against my will
At least I know he's lying still
Four cold walls without parole
Lord have mercy on my soul

Never would've hitchhiked to Birmingham
If it hadn't been for love
Never would've caught the train to Louisiana
If it hadn't been for love
Never would've loaded up a forty four
And put myself behind a jailhouse door
If it hadn't been, if it hadn't been for love

If it hadn't been, if it hadn't been for love
If it hadn't been, if it hadn't been for love

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21_(Adele_album)#Track_listing
  2. http://idolator.com/5740192/adele-the-steeldrivers-if-it-hadnt-been-for-love
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL57hqsn2sg

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