If You Were A Sailboat by Katie Melua

If You Were a Sailboat is a song by British singer Katie Melua. This page provides information about the song and links to the lyrics and the official video.

If You Were A Sailboat by Katie Melua


Beginner and intermediate students.

Facts about the song

  • Song: If You Were A Sailboat
  • Album: We Can't Dance
  • Date of release: 24 September 2007
  • Genre: Acoustic/Blues
  • Lenght of the song: 4 minutes and 01 seconds.
  • Produced by: Mike Batt

Interesting information about the song

Melua said of the song:

What I liked about the song is the fact that a lot of love songs tend to deal with the fluffy nice side of love, but this one deals with how you get very selfish when you fall in love with someone, and you don't want to share them with the world, you just want them all about yourself. What's genius about Mike's lyrics is that instead of saying that directly he uses these crazy strange metaphors, "if you were a piece of wood I'd nail you to the floor" and quite bizarre stuff and I like that. Musically it sounds like a really nice smooth love song, but the message is pretty intense and quite dark

The video

The Video

The lyrics

Full lyrics of this song

Language points

The song includes many interesting language points:

"If you were a cowboy I would trail you.." = conditional sentence type two. Its form is as follows:

If + simple past + would +verb

Eexpressions that may be useful to students:

  • If you were a cowboy I would trail you,
    if you were a piece of wood I'd nail you to the floor,
    if you were a sailboat I would sail you to the shore,
    if you were a river I would swim you,
    if you were a house I would live in you all my days,
    if you were a preacher I'd begin to change my ways

Source: Wikipedia

More lyrics here