4 He’d still be here

 

When we met each other, we were young

If we’d been older, who can say?

We would have known the way to talk to each other

And he’d still be here today

I got angry when he was late

I never asked the reason why

If I’d given him the chance to tell me his story

He wouldn’t have had to lie

 

If I had told him that I needed him

He wouldn’t have run away

If I had told him he meant the world to me

He’d still be here today

 

If I hadn’t been so cruel

He would have told me what was wrong

I would have seen that he needed love from me

And I wouldn’t be singing this song

 

If I had told him that I needed him

He wouldn’t have run away

If I had told him he meant the world to me

He’d still be here today

 

Bur the day came when he left

If I had called him, he would have stayed

Now he’s far away and he’s gone forever

But the memory will never fade

 

If I had told him that I needed him

He wouldn’t have run away

If I had told him he meant the world to me

He’d still be here today

Words and music by Ken Wilson

Vocals: Dede Wilson

Piano: Nigel Stewart

Bass: Kevin Carrington

From Goodbye Rainbow, which was first released in 1974

Goodbye Rainbow

Note about the recording

Pianist Nigel persuaded me that this song could be performed without drums. We had an excellent session drummer, Ray Duffy, who had played with 60s bands Marmalade and Matthew’s Southern Comfort, and he had done a brilliant job on the songs that we had already recorded. But Nigel felt that this song would be better with just piano and bass. And he was right.

Teaching idea

When I used this song in class, I always asked students to picture the two people involved and write a narrative about their lives. I told them to write as if it was fact – no need for ‘maybe she didn’t like him …’ etc. I also recommended that they give the characters names.

They wrote things like this: Anne and James met when they were 17. Although they liked each other, they had problems. Anne was a very punctual person, but James was late for everything.

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