|"If It Hadn't Been for Love"|
| Song by Adele|
from the album 21
|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. It also appeared on her live CD/DVD concert film, Live at the Royal Albert Hall.
"If It Hadn't Been for Love" was written by Michael Henderson and Chris Stapleton. Originally recorded by The SteelDrivers, it was featured on their 2008 self-titled LP. Adele's friend and touring guitarist Ben Thomas plays guitar on the track, while Rodaidh McDonald produced it.
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.
Live 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 told the concertgoers, "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 you 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!"
- Adele – vocals
- Chris Stapleton, Michael Henderson – songwriting
- Ben Thomas – guitar
- Rodaidh McDonald – producer, engineer, mixer