If You Were a Sailboat

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If You Were a Sailboat

If You Were a Sailboat is Katie’s ninth single and the first from her third album, Pictures (2007).

It was released as a single on September 24, 2007. The CD single has three extra tracks exclusive to the release, including a version of David Gray’s “This Year’s Love”.

Katie said of the song:
“What I liked about the song is the fact that a lot of love songs tend to deal with the fluffy nice side of love, but this one deals with how you get very selfish when you fall in love with someone, and you don’t want to share them with the world, you just want them all about yourself”.

“What’s genius about Mike’s lyrics is that instead of saying that directly he uses these crazy strange metaphors, “if you were a piece of wood I’d nail you to the floor” and quite bizarre stuff and I like that”.

“Musically it sounds like a really nice smooth love song, but the message is pretty intense and quite dark”.

Tracklist:

    1. If You Were a Sailboat
    2. Junk Mail
    3. Straight to DVD
    4. This Year’s Love

Mark Radcliffe of BBC Radio 2 was amused by the lyric ‘If you were a piece of wood, I’d nail you to the floor’, and asked his listeners to send in equally strange lyrics and compose a parody song for her to sing, not expecting her to actually do so.

However, as she also did on another show with “Nine Million Bicycles”, Katie contacted the show and agreed to play the song.
The lyrics included ‘If you were some tiling, I would grout you.’ and ‘If you were ten pints of beer, I would drink you down my dear’.

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Release Year: 2007 | Cat: Dramatico DRAMCDS0029

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CD Booklet Text:

Written by Mike Batt
Published by Dramatico/Sony/
ATV Music Publishing (UK)Ltd

Photography by Jo de Banzie
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www.katiemelua.com
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Dramatico Records is a trademark of Dramatico
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01. If You Were A Sailboat

If you’re a cowboy I would trail you,
If you’re a piece of wood I’d nail you to the floor.
If you’re a sailboat I would sail you to the shore.
If you’re a river I would swim you,
If you’re a house I would live in you all my days.
If you’re a preacher I’d begin to change my ways.

Sometimes I believe in fate,
But the chances we create,
Always seem to ring more true.
You took a chance on loving me,
I took a chance on loving you.

If I was in jail I know you’d spring me
If I was a telephone you’d ring me all day long
If was in pain I know you’d sing me soothing songs.

Sometimes I believe in fate,
But the chances we create,
Always seem to ring more true.
You took a chance on loving me,
I took a chance on loving you.

If I was hungry you would feed me
If I was in darkness you would lead me to the light
If I was a book I know you’d read me every night

If you’re a cowboy I would trail you,
If you’re a piece of wood I’d nail you to the floor.
If you’re a sailboat I would sail you to the shore.
If you’re a sailboat I would sail you to the shore

02. Junk Mail

Then you left, didn’t even leave a note
Saved yourself, didn’t spare my pain
Now I know how it feels to hit the wall
I’ll never fall again;

And the junk mail still comes for you,
and reminds me of a life I need to forget
The junk mail still comes for you,
and reminds me of a life I need to forget

Gazing down on the busy street below,
from my room where the walls are grey;
Don’t know how I will ever get myself
through another day

And the junk mail still comes for you,
and reminds me of a life I need to forget
And the junk mail still comes for you,
and reminds me of a life I need to forget

I poured some wine,
and I poured a glass for you
I should know that I just need one
And last night I lit two cigarettes,
forgetting that you’d gone

And the junk mail still comes for you,
and reminds me of a life I need to forget
And the junk mail still comes for you,

And reminds me of a life I need to forget

03. Straight To DVD

If they made a movie bout you and me
It would go straight to DVD
Though the music’s good, but the acting’s not
There ain’t no dialogue and there ain’t no plot

If they made a film about me and you
It would never get a good review
You act so smooth in the steamy scenes
But there ain’t no fire you don’t know what it means

The movie of you and me would go straight to DVD
The story of you and me would go straight to DVD

Would it be a movie bout love or war
We don’t even know what we’re fighting for
It was sometimes good and sometimes great

But mostly now it’s like a boring date

The movie of you and me would go straight to DVD
The story of you and me would go straight to DVD

Now there are no surprises the temperature rarely rises
Maybe we’re just pretending there’ll be a happy ending

If they made a movie bout you and me
It would go straight to DVD
Though the music’s good but the acting’s not
There ain’t no dialogue and there ain’t no plot

The movie of you and me would go straight to DVD
The story of you and me would go straight to DVD

04. This Year’s Love

This years love had better last
Heaven knows it’s high time
And I’ve been waiting on my own too long
But when you hold me like you do
It feels so right
I start to forget
How my heart gets torn
When that hurt gets thrown
Feeling like you can’t go on

Turning circles when time again
It cuts like a knife oh yeah
If you love me got to know for sure
Cos it takes something more this time
Than sweet sweet lies
Before I open up my arms and fall
Losing all control
Every dream inside my soul
And when you kiss me
On that midnight street

Sweep me off my feet
Singing ain’t this life so sweet

This years love had better last
This years love had better last

So whose to worry
If our hearts get torn
When that hurt gets thrown
Don’t you know this life goes on
And won’t you kiss me
On that midnight street
Sweep me off my feet
Singing ain’t this life so sweet

This years love had better last
This years love had better last
This years love had better last
This years love had better last

Rating: ★★★★★
Amazon Review

This CD features the title track “If You Were a Sailboat” and three other songs. The title track is also available on Katie Melua’s Pictures CD. The other three songs are unique to this CD.

“Junk Mail” and “This Year’s Love” radiate the slow, soothing vocals of Katie Melua whereas “Straight to DVD” is more upbeat and puts you in an uplifting mood.

Anyone who appreciates the clear and resonating lyrics as sung by Katie Melua will enjoy these songs.