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"What If I" was a demo that Poppy made during her "Moriah Poppy" days for Brett Manning. It was posted to her YouTube channel "thatPoppyTV" in 2012. Her demo can be listened to here. Brett Manning also recorded his own version of the song, which was officially released in 2014.

Theme

What If I is about questioning a lover. The person describes ways they could have altered situations so their relationship wouldn't have existed. However, since they didn't do this in the past, they won't in the present. Their lover is described to have positively impacted them, but they wonder how things would have been different if they met their partner on another day.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
What if I, had driven round the block
To waste a couple ticks on the clock
What if I, decided not to stop
You wouldn't ever enter my thoughts
What if I, found someone else
But I have a void, that only you could help
Maybe met you on a different day
Would I have looked at you some other way

[Chorus]
But I didn't
So I shouldn't
Wonder what if I

[Verse 2]
If I were a little more smart
And learn not to think too hard
What if I were too stable to risk
Push the envelope, I know you can’t resist
But if I would gamble according to the odds
And blame my fight upon the will of God

[Chorus]
But I didn't
So I shouldn't
Wonder what if I
But I didn't
So I shouldn't
Wonder what if I

[Outro]
What if I, had driven round the block
To waste a couple ticks on the clock

Video

What if i

What if i

Brett Manning - What if I (official video)

Brett Manning - What if I (official video)

Discography