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TERESE GENECCO: Music

IF I WAS A BOY

(TERESE GENECCO)
July 17, 2010
Maria Gentile & Caren Cole

After winning the San Francisco-Bay Area Cabaret Competition in 2003, Terese Genecco was on a quest for new material to perform in her debut cabaret show.  While researching song possibilities, she came across this MAC Award Nominated song and was intrigued by the title.  With a little more investigating, she acquired the contact information for one of the song writers, Maria Gentile, who was living and performing in New York City.  Terese asked Maria for a copy of the music to review and Maria sent not only the sheet music but her original story about the writing of the song as well as a copy of her own CD which included her recording of the song.

Since then, Terese has been performing the song all across the US and has finally completed a studio version that speaks to her own emotionally compelling vision of this beautiful work.

The studio version you hear was produced by Shaynee Rainbolt and Scott Noll at Midtown Sound in Manhattan.  It features Terese Genecco on vocals, Sean Harkness on guitars and bass, and Joe Abba on drums.

WOULD YOU LOVE ME BETTER
IF I WAS A BOY;
IF I HAD GROWN UP TO BE A MAN?
WOULD YOU FEEL HAPPY
BEING THERE WITH ME?
WOULD IT FEEL SAFE TO HOLD MY HAND?
WOULD I BE ALLOWED TO LOVE ANYONE AT ALL?
COULD I WEAR WHAT I WANTED TO?
WE COULD KISS IN SUNLIGHT, 
SLOW DANCE UNTIL DAWN
MAKING PLANS THAT FEAR COULD NOT UNDO.

IF MY HAIR WAS SHORTER;
IF MY CLOTHES WERE DIFFERENT;
IF MY VOICE WAS DEEPER;
IF I COULD PLAY BALL;
WOULD MY LIFE BE BETTER?
ROMANCE EVEN GREATER?
WOULD FATE SMILE UPON ME AFTER ALL?
WOULD IT MAKE YOU HAPPY?
WOULD IT BRING YOU JOY?
WOULD YOU LOVE ME IF I WAS A BOY?
COULD YOU LOVE ME IF I WAS A BOY?
WOULD MY DADDY LOVE ME IF I WAS HIS SON;
IF I COULD CARRY ON HIS NAME?
HE WOULD LAUGH FOR HOURS
THINKING I WAS CLEVER.
WOULD HE SHAKE MY HAND AFTER THE GAME?
LIFE WOULD SEEM UNLIMITED;
NIGHT WOULD FEEL SAFE THEN.
WE WOULD NEVER HAVE TO RUN AGAIN.
BUT WOULD IT MAKE YOU HAPPY?
WOULD IT BRING YOU JOY?
WOULD YOU LOVE ME IF I WAS A BOY?
WOULD I LOVE ME IF I WAS A BOY?