If I Could Be With You

James P. Johnson

James P. Johnson

Composer James P. Johnson
Lyricist Henry Creamer
Year Written 1926
About If I Could Be With You
Pianist James P. Johnson, who wrote this song, made a piano roll of it in 1927, the same year it was used in the revue Brownskin Models. In 1930, there were several successful recordings, including those by Louis Armstrong and Ruth Etting. Other recordings include this by Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Kay Starr and Billie Holiday.


If I could be with you, I’d love you strong
If I could be with you, I’d love you long
I want you to know I wouldn’t go
Until I told you honey why I love you so

If I could be with you one hour tonight
If I was free to do the things I might
I’m telling you true, I’d be anything but blue
If I could be with you

Session / Album Information


“If I Could Be With You” was recorded in June 1996 and released in 1997 on the album Tony Bennett On Holiday.

This recording released on:

  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 67774 — On Holiday
  • 2011: Disc #63 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK61) On Holiday

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