if i was the one lyrics – luther vandross

i see the way he treats you
i feel the tears you cry
and it makes me sad and it makes me mad
there’s nothin’ i can do, baby
cuz your lover is my best friend
and i guess that’s where the story ends
so i’ve gotta try to keep it inside
you’ll never be, never be mine

[1] – but if i was the one who was loving you, baby
the only tears you’d cry would be tears of joy
and if i was by your side
you’d never know one lonely night

if it was my arms you were running to
i’d give you love in these arms of mine
if i was the one in your life

if i could have just one wish
i’d wish that you were mine
i would hold you near, kiss away those tears
i’d be so good to you, baby
you’re the one i want next to me
but i guess that’s just not meant to be
he’s there in your life, he’s sharing your nights
i’ll never be, never be, never be right

[repeat 1]

i want to reach out and feel you beside me, beside me
right here, right now, right beside me baby, baby
and take you in my arms right now
and scream i love you right out loud
and then someday i’ll pray i’ll find
i’ll find the strength to turn to you and say

[repeat 1]

if i was the one, if i was the one, the one
if i was the one in your life

/ luther vandross lyrics