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If I Had My Chance

from Love Over Rage [1994] by Tom Robinson

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If I had my chance I'd do it all over again
If I had my chance I'd do it all over again
Been treated badly, been abused
Been suicidal and confused
But if I had my chance I'd do it all over again

I was seventeen when I made my way to the smoke
I was seventeen, I was homeless, hungry and broke
I hustled subways for a bite
And crashed in the cardboard city at night
But if I had my chance I'd do it all over again

I asked for change and you smiled, the day that we met
I asked for change - you offered me food and a bed
You gave me back my selfrespect
Yeah, loving you's one thing I'll never regret
And if I had my chance I'd do it all over again

You weren't cute but you knew what I wanted to do
You weren't cute but you knew what I wanted from you
Where you took me I'd never been
Or dreamed of in my wildest dreams
And if I had my chance I'd do it all over again

Since you've been gone I can't sleep easy at night
I've got this cough and I can't sleep easy at night
The friends we had are gone and dead
But you're one friend I can never forget
And if I had my chance I'd do it all over again

credits

from Love Over Rage [1994], released January 31, 2013
Rythm Guitar Robin Millar
Slide Guitar Chris Rea
Keyboards Mark Ambler
Bass Winston Blissett
Drums Martin Ditcham
Saxophone Mark Ramsden
Backing vocs TV Smith, Andy Mitchell

Additional contributions by
Evan Berryman: additional guitar
Lyndon Connah: original keyboard part

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Tom Robinson London, UK

Tom Robinson (b.1950) is a UK songwriter & broadcaster first known in the 70s as an anti-racist and LGBT campaigner. He released 19 albums between 1975-2001 with various bands and has co-written songs with Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. He's an award-winning presenter at BBC Radio 6 Music, and released Only The Now (his first album in 19 years) in October 2015. ... more

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