If But When

If But When

 New York City, New York, USA
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Biography

If But When is a catchy pop/rock band from New York City. Four friends bound by a passion for making melodic, heartfelt rock and roll, they have been performing throughout the five boroughs, Westchester and beyond since early 2008. In that time they have regularly played to packed houses at legendary New York City venues like The Bitter End, Kenny's Castaways and Arlene's Grocery. Their songs have received airplay on Matt Pinfield's Morning Show on 101.9 RXP and Westchester's 107.1 The Peak. They have also been fortunate enough to open for such noted acts as John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday), Nightmare of You and Socratic. Their deeply personal songs are filled to the brim with hooks, and will no doubt have you singing along by the time the second chorus rolls around.

Lyrics

Never Change

Written By: S. Patrick Donovan

So many years ago
More than I care to know
You promised me one thing
Where did that promise go?

I know new cracks are starting to show
I know, I know

Some people never change
Intentions stay the same
Some people never change

Now things have turned around
Look at all the joy we’ve found
A happy, separate peace
Built on unsteady ground

Somehow we speak in civil tones now
Somehow, somehow

Some people never change
Intentions stay the same
Some people never change

And I know the years have soured you on me
So why can’t we just handle this honestly?

Some people never change
Intentions stay the same
Some people never change

It still goes on and on and on….

Stand-in

Written By: S. Patrick Donovan

Believe me when I say
It would be so much easier
If I didn’t love you now

I can’t wish you away
And every day I need you here
Wish I didn’t love you now

But I can’t help myself
I don’t want anyone else

Every girl that I’ve loved since then
Has just been a poor stand-in
And every hand that I chose to refuse
Would have just been a poor substitute for you
Cos you’re the only thing that’s real

And so you had to go
And although you don’t dream of me
I waste all my dreams on you

And I hope that you know
That I may never fall again
I’ll just pretend with someone new

Cos I can’t help myself
I don’t want anyone else

Every girl that I’ve loved since then
Has just been a poor stand-in
And every hand that I chose to refuse
Would have just been a poor substitute for you
Cos you’re the only one…

Wasting my time on a memory game
Losing my mind in the scenes I replay
You were so cold and I gave you my coat
That was so long ago

You told me that you could not wait forever
You said and I quote:
“I know things are not going to get better”
But how do you know?

Present Sense Impression

Written By: A. Forzaglia

Green patches blur the whole scene
During November daydreams
Rain falls and it’s easy to see that
I don’t really know why, I feel this way inside

Hope for a new tomorrow
It’s been said, but who will bother
To make you keep true the promise
Stop my disappearing, love me when the cheering dies

Don’t try to hide
Revolutionize
Just along for the ride

Been at a loss for words for ten years
Change is here
My present sense impression never failed me
In your eyes, the evidence is glaring

Been at a loss for words for ten years
Change is here
Just knowing you was a source of inspiration
Now you’re gone, I guess these words are belated

Discography

Turning Your Back On The Crowd - 2009
The Pelham Bay Sessions - 2010