"If Love Were All" is a song by Noël Coward, published in 1929 and written for the operetta Bitter Sweet. The song is considered autobiographical, and has been described as "self-deprecating" as well as "one of the loneliest pop songs ever written".
"If Love Were All" has been described as "self-deprecating" as well as "one of the loneliest pop songs ever written". Rod McKuen considers the song to be among the "truly great" songs about "entertaining from the entertainment point of view".
Cover versions appear on Judy Garland's Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961), as a B-side to Pet Shop Boys' "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" single and on the album Alternative (1995), Rufus Wainwright's Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall (2007) and Milwaukee at Last!!! (2009), and also on Sarah Brightman's The Songs That Got Away (1989). In the latter part of her life, Garland often included "If Love Were All" in her concert and television repertoire.
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