If It Happens Again

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"If It Happens Again"
Single by UB40
from the album Geffery Morgan
B-side Nkomo A Go-Go
Released 1984
Genre Reggae
Length 3:39
Label DEP International DEP11
Writer(s) UB40
Producer(s) Howard Gray, UB40
UB40 singles chronology
"I've Got Mine"
"If It Happens Again"
"I'm Not Fooled"

"If It Happens Again" is a song and single written and performed by British group, UB40.[1] It was featured on their album Geffery Morgan and was released in 1984 reaching 9, on the UK charts, staying for eight weeks.[2] It also made 9 on the Irish charts [3] and 8 on the Dutch charts.[4]

The song was written as the group's response to Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party's victory in the 1983 UK Election. It contains the lines "If it happens again I'm leaving, I'll pack my things and go... I won't say I told you so" and is considered a protest song of the time[5]


  1. ^ "If It Happens Again". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "UK Official charts - UB40". www.officialscharts.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  3. ^ "UB40 chart history - Ireland". www.irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  4. ^ "UB 40 Chart History - Netherlands". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  5. ^ "Thatcher's pop legacy - protest songs or the charity single?". www.channel4.com. 2012-04-11. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 

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