If I Was a River

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"If I Was a River"
Single by Tina Arena
from the album In Deep
Released12 October 1998 (1998-10-12)
LabelColumbia, Epic
Songwriter(s)Diane Warren
Producer(s)Walter Afanasieff
Tina Arena singles chronology
"I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You"
"If I Was a River"
"Aller plus haut"

"If I Was a River" is a song written by Diane Warren and included on the international version of Australian singer Tina Arena's fourth studio album, In Deep (1997). It is the second Warren song performed by Arena, following 1989's "Strong as Steel". The track was aimed at promoting In Deep in the United States.[1] Lyrically, the song is a metaphoric declaration to a loved one, in which Tina Arena lists all the things she would do for them if she were various elements, planets or weather phenomena, including the titular river. The song was one of 10 singles released from the many incarnations of In Deep; overall, it was the album's seventh.

Released as the final single from the album in the United Kingdom, "If I Was a River" peaked at number 43 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2000, "If I Was a River" was released as a single in Japan, alongside four remixes of the track, commissioned for club play in the United States, where they were only made available on vinyl to disc-jockeys. The rarity of the Japanese release makes it a much sought-after item. The song was later included on the compilation albums Souvenirs and Greatest Hits 1994-2004.

Track listings[edit]


  1. "If I Was a River"
  2. "Any Other Love"
  3. "Chains"


  1. "If I Was a River" (long version)
  2. "Welcome to My World"
  3. "Stay"

Japanese CD single

  1. "If I Was a River" (album version)
  2. "If I Was a River" (7--inch vocal mix)
  3. "If I Was a River" (Nikolas & Sibley Rising Dub)
  4. "If I Was a River" (Ny:pd radio edit)
  5. "If I Was a River" (Ny:pd club remix)



Chart (1998) Peak
Scotland (OCC)[2] 49
UK Singles (OCC)[3] 43

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United Kingdom 12 October 1998
  • CD
  • cassette
Columbia [citation needed]
United States 2 February 1999 Adult contemporary radio Epic [1]
Japan 14 April 1999 CD [4]


  1. ^ a b Bouley II, Charles Karel (6 February 1999). "Tina Arena Targets U.S. with 'Deep'". Billboard. Vol. 111, no. 6. p. 14.
  2. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  4. ^ "イフ・アイ・ワズ・ア・リバー | ティナ・アリーナ" [If I Was a River | Tina Arena] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 31 August 2023.