Lyrics to
If You Go Away

Released by Neil Diamond in 1971
From the Album: Stones |

This version of If You Go Away was released by Neil Diamond in 1971.

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If you go away on this summer day,
Then you might as well take the sun away
All the birds that flew in the summer sky
When our love was new
And our hearts were high
When the day was young,
And the night was long
And the moon stood still
For the nightbird song
If you go away, if you go away
If you go away

But if you stay, I’ll make you a day
Like no day has been or will be again
We’ll sail on the sun, we’ll ride on the rain
We’ll talk to the trees that worship the wind
And if you go, I’ll understand
Leave me just enough love to fill up my hand
If you go away, if you go away
If you go away

If you go away, as I know you must,
There’ll be nothing left in the world to trust
Just an empty room filled with empty space
Like the empty look I see on your face
Can I tell you now, as you turn to go
I’ll be dying slowly ’til your next hello
If you go away, if you go away
If you go away

But if you stay, I’ll make you a night
Like no night has been or will be again
I’ll sail on your smile
I’ll ride on your touch
I’ll talk to your eyes, that I love so much

But if you go, I won’t cry,
The good’s gone from goodbye
If you go away, if you go away
If you go away


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Neil Diamond has released many songs over the years besides If You Go Away. Neil Diamond released songs from 1966 to 2005 spanning across albums like The Feel Of Neil, Velvet Gloves And Spit, Touching You, Touching Me, Sweet Caroline, Tap Root Manuscript, Stones, Do It, Moods, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Serenade, Beautiful Noise, I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight, You Don't Bring Me Flowers, September Morn, The Jazz Singer, On The Way To The Sky, Heartlight, Primitive, Headed For The Future, The Best Years Of Our Lives, Lovescape, The Christmas Album, Up On The Roof: Songs From The Brill Building, The Christmas Album Volume Two, In My Lifetime, Tennessee Moon, and 12 Songs. Decade Lyrics has over lyrics & songs by Neil Diamond.

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About Lyrics and If You Go Away by Neil Diamond

The lyrics to If You Go Away are just the words, phrases, verses and chorus that Neil Diamond used when the song was created in 1971. The lyrics to If You Go Away have both easy-to-spot meanings and hidden metaphors that have been discussed by the music press and fans, but only Neil Diamond and any collaborators know all of the inspirations for the song.

If you like etymology or breaking apart phrases and words, it is easy to understand the lyrics to If You Go Away by Neil Diamond. The word "lyric" itself derives from the Latin word lyricus, with the actual English word lyrics applied to the definition "words set to music" listed in Stainer and Barrett's 1876 Dictionary of Musical Terms. Continuing the chain, the Latin word lyricus derives from the Greek word λυρικός or lyrikós. This somewhat means "poetry accompanied by the lyre" or "words set to music." You can easily see that by looking at the background of the word lyric, that the "lyrics to If You Go Away" means the words set to the music of If You Go Away, or poetry accompanied by the lyre played by Neil Diamond. The singular form "lyric" is still used to mean the complete words to a song. However, the singular form lyric is also commonly used to refer to a specific line (or phrase) within a song's lyrics. Hence, by this analysis of word structure, you could say that the lyric to If You Go Away and the lyrics to If You Go Away are both one and the same thing. None of this talk about the word Lyrics is really relevant to fans of Neil Diamond who came here looking just for the lyrics to If You Go Away, but we feel it is still fun to learn what's behind commonly used words and lyrics in songs.

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