If You Were Mine

Composer Matty Malneck
Lyricist Johnny Mercer
Year Written 1935
About If You Were Mine
“If You Were Mine” was written for the 1935 musical film To Beat The Band. Billie Holiday recorded this song in 1936 with Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra.


If you were mine,
I could be a ruler of kings
And if you were mine,
I could do such wonderful things,
I’d say to a star, “stop where you are,
Light up my lover’s way.”
And every star above you would obey

And if you were mine
I would live for your love alone
To kneel at your shrine
I would give up all that I own
Yes, even my heart, even my life
I’d trade it all for you
And think I was lucky, too
If you were mine.

Session / Album Information


“If You Were Mine” was recorded on October 19, 1962 and released in 1963 on the album I Wanna Be Around. It was arranged by Marty Manning.

If You Were Mine

Listen to If You Were Mine on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1963.

This recording released on:

  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″: P 13575 — I Wanna Be Around
  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 2000 — I Wanna Be Around
  • 1963: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 62149 — I Wanna Be Around (UK)
  • 1963: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8800 — I Wanna Be Around
  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 66504 — I Wanna Be Around
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 82876 87234 — I Wanna Be Around
  • 2011: Disc #26 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK25) I Wanna Be Around

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