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If I Only Knew How

04:04
Patterson Barrett
2018
Patterson Barrett

Story

Here's a song about wanting to help someone who's struggling, but not really knowing just how to do that. As most of my songs do, this one just showed up. It wasn't till a few weeks later, when some things happened around me, that I sort of realized why this one showed up when it did.

Josh Hunt played drums, the rest is me.

Lyrics

If I Only Knew How (4:04)

--Patterson Barrett ©2017 (BMI) Criminal Tunes

 

When the world around you comes tumbling down

To crush all your dreams, you come looking for me

If I had the answer, if I knew the plan

Well I’d put all those pieces back where they belong

If I only knew how

 

There’d be no reason for you to struggle anymore

I’d make your trouble disappear

Your life would be softer

My love would wash your pain away

And I’d make everything OK

If I only knew how

If I only knew how

 

And if I had the power to change the hour

I’d turn back the clock before tragedy struck

But that can’t be done, I can’t change the outcome

But I’d give you a chance at life simple and free

If I only knew how

 

There’d be no reason for you to struggle anymore

I’d make your trouble disappear

Your life would be softer

My love would wash your pain away

And I’d make everything OK

If I only knew how

If I only knew how

 

Hold on to me

I will try and find a way

 

There’ll be no reason for you to struggle anymore

I’ll make your trouble disappear

Your life will be sweeter once we defeat your misery

And I’ll make everything OK

If I only knew how

 

If I only knew how

If I only knew how

If I only knew how