If You Love Me

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The fluctuating worth of this very terminal earth
And the satellite that glows at night above me
Won't bear upon my mind
But concerning womankind
I don't care if you're there
If you love me

The seed must die, I know
Before new life can grow
And so would I die before I'd let you go

So let the cold winds blow
Let the seasons come and go
Let the times gone by just die
Like that old part of I
Again the sun may rise and burn through yellow skies
But I'll see it through your blue eyes
If you love me

The seed must die, I know
Before new life can grow
And so would I die if you don't love
(If you love me)

I'll see it in your eyes
If it's true or if it's lies
But I'll feel it if it's real
If you don't love me

If you love me
(If you love me)

If You Love Me
Words byJohnny Cash
Music byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
Produced bySebastian Krys & Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Pete Thomas - drums
Davey Faragher - bass
Steve Nieve - piano, Hammond B-3 organ
Elvis Costello - vocal group
ReleasedApril 13, 2019
AlbumsPurse, 2019
NoteJohnny Cash's lyrics were written in 1983 and first published in 2016 in the book Johnny Cash: Forever Words.

Only known performance:
June 24, 2018, Edinburgh, Scotland
     (1 known performance)


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