If I Loved You

This article is about the Rogders and Hammerstein 1945 showtune. For the 2014 Rufus Wainright concert show, see If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway. For the 2012 song from the EP "Chasing Twisters", see Delta Rae.
"If I Loved You"
Song from Carousel
Published 1945
Writer(s) Oscar Hammerstein II
Composer(s) Richard Rodgers

"If I Loved You" is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.

The song was introduced by John Raitt as "Billy Bigelow" and Jan Clayton as "Julie". It was performed in the 1956 Carousel (film) version by Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.

In the show, the characters of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan sing this song as they hesitantly declare their love for one another, yet are too shy to express their true feelings.

The song was in turn inspired by lines of dialogue from Ferenc Molnár's original Liliom, the source material for the musical.

Recorded versions

There are many recordings of "If I Loved You" including by:


  1. Julie Andrews - Broadway: The Music of Richard Rodgers, Philips Records, D106250 (1994)
  2. If I Loved You" - John Raitt and Jan Clayton with the Carousel Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Littau. Recorded May 16, 1945 in New York City, Master # 72863-A, originally released on Decca single 29173A and Original Cast Album DA-400, July 19, 1945. Source notes from Front Row Center: The Broadway Gold Box, 1935 - 1988. Four Compact Disc Set, Broadway Gold/MCA Classics, MCAD4-11353 (1996)
  3. "Carousel [1987 Studio Cast] - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic".
  4. http://www.discogs.com Sergio Franchi
  5. Carousel (1994 Broadway Revival Cast), Angel Records (June 14, 1994)
  6. Carousel (1956 Film Soundtrack). Reissued on CD by Angel Records (March 13, 2001)
  7. Barbra Streisand: The Broadway Album. Columbia Records/CBS, Inc. (1985)

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