Since Dred posted Pablo Neruda’s “I Like for You to be Still” as read by Glenn Close, I wanted to look for Madonna’s version of “If You Forget Me”. As Dred said, Madonna nailed this one. I saw this video prepared by a fan on YouTube.
Here are the words so you can sing, I mean, read along just like videoke:
If You Forget Me
I want you to know one thing.
You know how this is:
if I look at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.
If suddenly you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.
If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
remember that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.
if each day,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.
It’s from the soundtrack of the movie Il Postino. Get the CD and accompanying book if you still don’t have it in your library. Worth every centavo.