If I Had Words
"If I Had Words" is a 1978 UK hit song by Scott Fitzgerald as a duet with Yvonne Keeley. It reached number 3 in the UK charts and number 24 in the Australian charts in 1978. It sold more than one million copies. It was also a hit in New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.
The tune was taken from the main theme of the Maestoso section of Saint-Saëns' Symphony No.3 in C minor (Symphony with organ) with an added reggae beat. (The theme used in the song is first exposed by the strings section in the second movement, pages 126–129.) The lyrics and arrangement were by Jonathan Hodge, a prolific writer of TV jingles and movie themes, who also produced the single.
In popular culture/cover versions
- The song was heard in the 1995 film Babe, sung both by Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) and by a trio of mice (a sped-up version of Fitzgerald's original). It was also partially incorporated into the film's suite (instrumental). It was also featured in the film's sequel, Babe: Pig in the City.
- The song was covered by Hawaiian musician Keali'i Reichel in the 1997 album E O Mai.
- In 1999, boy band Westlife collaborated with the Vard Sisters and recorded the song.
- Yvonne Keeley singing "If I Had Words"" in 1977 video recording on YouTube. Accessed January 2009
- Saint-Saëns, Camille (19--). Symphony no. 3 in C minor, opus 78, for orchestra and organ. Available at: http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/variations/scores/aef8378/index.html, New York, N.Y.: International Music Co., pp. 126–129.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 201. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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