February 14.2014 – The Story Behind “If You Ever Stop Loving Me” by Montgomery Gentry

Veteran songwriter Bob DiPiero to talk about the inspiration behind the 2004 Montgomery Gentry No. 1 hit, “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” which he co-wrote with Rivers Rutherford and Tom Shapiro.

I think Rivers and Tom and I were totally in the same place when we sat down to write this song. We’re really unique individuals, and to have a wife and someone who gives day in and day out … we realized how lucky we are. I think we were all in that same universal space of “I’m all right, I’m OK, ain’t nothing but another day, but only God knows where I’d be if you ever stop loving me.”

I think it’s a strong man being vulnerable in that song. This is a guy saying all the hard things he’s been through and all the hard roads he’s been down. The heart and soul of that song is the truth. I can deal with anything, except you leaving me. That’s what I love about that song.

It’s rockin’ and, of course, for Montgomery Gentry it was the perfect match and the perfect fit … perfect timing and perfect record.

“If you Ever Stop Loving Me” was released in February 2004 as the lead-off single to their album You Do Your Thing, as well as their first Number One single on the country charts July 3.2004.

LYRICS:
My old man’s backhand used to land,
Hard on the side of my head.
I just learned to stay out of his way.
There’s been street fights, blue lights,
Long nights with the world sittin’ on my chest:
It just showed me how much I could take.
Hard times, bad luck.
Sometimes, life sucks.

That’s all right, I’m OK.
It ain’t nothin’ but another day.
But only God knows where I’d be,
If you ever stopped lovin’ me.

The bank man, the boss man, the lawman,
All tryin’ to get their hands on me.
And I ain’t even done a danged thing wrong.
I’ve been waylaid, freight-trained, short-changed,
By bigger an’ badder men.
An’ all I got to say is: “Bring it on.”
Hard rain, rough road,
So my life goes.

That’s all right, I’m OK.
It ain’t nothin’ but another day.
But only God knows where I’d be,
If you ever stopped lovin’ me.

I need you,
Gotta have you,
In my life, on my side,
Every day I’m alive,
Every night when I’m greedy an’ needing,
You!

Instrumental break.

That’s all right, I’m OK.
It ain’t nothin’ but another day.
But only God knows where I’d be,
If you ever stopped lovin’ me.

It ain’t nothin’ but another day.
But only God knows where I’d be,
If you ever stopped lovin’ me.

Baby, never stop lovin’ me.

Ah, just see, what your lovin’ does to me.

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