If You Ever Get Lonely

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"If You Ever Get Lonely"
Single by Love and Theft
from the album Love and Theft
Released June 3, 2013 (2013-06-03)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:49
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Kyle Cook
Lisa Drew
Michael Dulaney
Steven Dale Jones
John Waite
Producer(s) Josh Leo
Love and Theft singles chronology
"Runnin' Out of Air"
"If You Ever Get Lonely"
"Night That You'll Never Forget"

"If You Ever Get Lonely" is the title of a song written by Kyle Cook, Lisa Drew, Michael Dulaney, Steven Dale Jones and John Waite. It was originally recorded by Waite on his 2011 album Rough & Tumble and released as the album's first single.[1] It was covered by American country music duo Love and Theft on their second studio album, Love and Theft, in 2012 and released as the album's third single in June 2013.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Markus Papadatos of Digital Journal described the song favorably, saying that "is one of Love and Theft’s best singles that they have released in their career". He described the music video as "melancholic" and praised Liles' lead vocals.[3] Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song one star out of five, stating that "Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson do little to put their individual marks on the story or production." Dukes wrote that "vocally, Love and Theft spend so much time at their high end, one loses appreciation for it" and "an overripe guitar solo further brings one back to the early ’90s, a time not proudly remembered as bringing the best in pop ballads.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Mason Dixon and premiered in July 2013.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"If You Ever Get Lonely" debuted at number 53 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of June 22, 2013.[6] It also debuted at number 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of November 16, 2013.

Chart (2013) Peak
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[7] 34
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 43


  1. ^ Graff, Gary (December 30, 2010). "John Waite Unearths Old Tunes, 'Punk Energy' for New Album". Billboard. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (August 2, 2013). "John Waite Talks New Live Album, Co-Writing Love and Theft's 'If You Ever Get Lonely'". Billboard. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Papadatos, Markos (14 July 2013). "Country duo Love and Theft soar on 'If You Ever Get Lonely'". Digital Journal. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Dukes, Billy (June 9, 2013). "Love and Theft, ‘If You Ever Get Lonely’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "CMT : Videos : Love and Theft : If You Ever Get Lonely". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (June 15, 2013). "Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw Still Topping Country Charts". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Love and Theft Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Love and Theft.
  8. ^ "Love and Theft Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Love and Theft.