If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman
Song Lyrics / Chart History / Artist Information

  • Written by written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees
  • Originally performed by Yvonne Elliman (Yvonne Marianne Elliman (born 12/29/51 in Honolulu, Hawaii)
  • Her father was Irish, her mother was Chinese / Japanese
  • Her singing career began when she caught the attention of Eric Clapton in London in 1970. She signed on as a backup singer and recorded some his more popular songs, including "I Shot The Sheriff" and "Lay Down Sally"
  • Her biggest break came in 1971 when she landed the role of Mary Magdalene in the Tim Rice Andrew Lloyd Webber production of "Jesus Christ Superstar"
  • A single from that album, "I Don't Know How To Love Him", went on to reach #28 on the Billboard Top 40 chart
  • Her biggest success came when, after collaborating with The Bee Gees on a song "Love Me", (which reached #13 in 1976), she was asked to contribute a song to an album which would go down in history as one of, if not the most popular albums in history..."Saturday Night Fever"
  • If I Can't Have You was the 5th of six songs included on the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The list of #1 songs were:
  • The song was also #9 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #11 on the Billboard Dance chart
  • The story behind Saturday Night Fever was originally touted as being a true story based on real Brooklyn characters.  Written by Nic Cohn, the article "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night" was published in New York Magazine.
  • Cohn recanted his claim that the article was true, stating "my piece was a fraud".  Oh yeah, he was indicted in 1983 on drug trafficking charges, pled down and was given probation
  • The Bee Gees recorded a cover version of their own song and released it as the "B" side of the 1978 single "Stayin Alive"
  • In 1993 British singer Kim Wilde covered the song with modest success in the UK, taking the song to #12.  Her version was never released in the US
  • In 2001 The Bee Gees did a remixed version of the song to include on their very popular 2-CD Greatest Hits album.

An excerpt from a live Oracle Band performance of this song will soon be available as both a streaming RealAudio format, or as a higher quality downloadable MP3.  Stay tuned

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Song Lyrics - Song Title

Don't know why
I'm survivin' every lonely day
When there's got to be no chance for me
My life would end
And it doesn't matter how I cry
My tears, so far, are a waste of time
If I turn away
Am I strong enough to see it through
Go crazy is what I will do

If I can't have you
I don't want nobody, baby
If I can't have you...uh-huh, oh
If I can't have you
I don't want nobody, baby
If I can't have you...uh-huh

Can't let go and it doesn't matter how I try
I gave it all so easily to you my love
To dreams that never will come true
Am I strong enough to see it through
Go crazy is what I will do

If I can't have you
I don't want nobody, baby
If I can't have you...uh-huh, oh
If I can't have you
I don't want nobody, baby
If I can't have you...uh-huh

Note that the lyrics posted here are those as interpreted and performed by The Oracle Band.  Their use here is intended as an aid for people in selecting music for their wedding reception or private party, and may not be reproduced for any commercial, for-profit use.

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If I Can't Have You
Night Fever
Jive Talking
Stayin Alive
Disco Inferno
...and 12 more chart topping hits

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