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"What If I" was a demo that Poppy made during her "Moriah Poppy" days for Brett Manning.

Background

The song was posted to her YouTube channel "thatPoppyTV" in early 2012. Brett Manning also recorded his own version of the song, which was officially released in late 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'd decided not to stop
You would've never entered my thoughts
What if I, found someone else
But I have a void, that only you could help
Or 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
Or learned to not 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 'cording to the odds
Or blamed my fate 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

Videos

What if i

What if i

Brett Manning - What if I (official video)

Brett Manning - What if I (official video)

Discography