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"If I Could Turn Back Time" is a soft-rock song by Cher. It was released on June 1, 1989, as a single from Cher's album Heart of Stone. The song was highly successful and marked a musical comeback for Cher; it is one her most iconic songs, along with "Believe". "If I Could Turn Back Time" is known in particular for its controversial music video, featuring Cher performing in a highly revealing outfit on a navy ship.

BackgroundEdit

"If I Could Turn Back Time" was written by Diane Warren, who produced the song with Guy Roche. Lyrically, the song is sung from the perspective of a person wanting to take back words they said that ruined a relationship. Cher originally didn't like the song, but Warren insisted she try it. After singing it, Cher realized that Warren was right about the song.[1] Cher later said that once she she went into the studio, "the song sang itself".[2]

The song has been performed by Cher on a number of her performance tours.

Performance & salesEdit

"If I Could Turn Back Time" was a chart success. Most notably, it peaked at #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[3]

Music videoEdit

The song's music video was directed by Marty Callner and features Cher performing on a navy battleship, the USS Missouri. She is accompanied by a band and is performing for a large group of enthusiastic navy sailors. Cher's son, Elijah Blue Allman, makes an appearance in the video playing a guitar. There are several shots of Cher singing while straddled atop a cannon, and at the end of the video she dramatically collapses onto the ship's deck.

Cher stated in a 2013 interview with Q magazine that the music video took days to shoot and originally, the video was intended to have a fleshed-out plotline. "There was a whole story – I climbed up stuff, I was running away from a lover, I was in a cage, in a speedboat… And when the director got to the edit, he just said, 'F*ck this, here's the money [shot]'… me on the battleship with the sailors."[4]

The music video's controversy was based around Cher's outfit, consisting of a revealing, V-shaped bathing suit under a fishnet body stocking, a black leather jacket, and black boots. The music video was banned by MTV in 1989 and was later shown only after 9:00 PM. Cher remained apparently unphased, telling Diane Sawyer, "I wasn't really looking to shock anybody out of their mind with that outfit."[5]

LyricsEdit

If I could turn back time 
If I could find a way
I'd take back those words that hurt you
And you'd stay

I don't know why I did the things I did 
I don't know why I said the things I said 
Pride's like a knife it can cut deep inside 
Words are like weapons they wound sometimes.

I didn't really mean to hurt you
I didn't wanna see you go
I know I made you cry, but baby

If I could turn back time 
If I could find a way 
I'd take back those words that hurt you 
And you'd stay 
If I could reach the stars 
I'd give them all to you 
Then you'd love me, love me 
Like you used to do

If I could turn back time

My world was shattered I was torn apart 
Like someone took a knife and drove it deep in my heart 
When you walked out that door I swore that I didn't care 
But I lost everything darling then and there

Too strong to tell you I was sorry 
Too proud to tell you I was wrong 
I know that I was blind, and ooh...

If I could turn back time 
If I could find a way 
I'd take back those words that hurt you 
And you'd stay 
If I could reach the stars 
I'd give them all to you 
Then you'd love me, love me 
Like you used to do

Ooohh

If I could turn back time
If I could turn back time
If I could turn back time
ooh baby

I didn't really mean to hurt you
I didn't want to see you go
I know I made you cry
Ooohh

If I could turn back time
If I could find a way
I'd take back those words that hurt you
If I could reach the stars
I'd give them all to you
Then you'd love me, love me 
Like you used to do

If I could turn back time (turn back time)
If I could find a way (find a way)
Then baby, maybe, maybe
You'd stay

(Reach the stars
If I could reach the stars)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Diane Warren Reveals Cher's Reaction to 'If I Could Turn Back Time': 'F--- You, Bitch!' - Billboard
  2. Cher Livestream Interview Backstage At The Voice 2013 - YouTube
  3. Cher - Billboard
  4. 'Q Magazine' Interview: Cher's 10 Commandments - Cher News
  5. Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time & Interview w/Diane Sawyer - YouTube

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