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If Tomorrow Never Comes

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"If Tomorrow Never Comes"
If Tomorrow Never Comes.png
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album Garth Brooks
B-side"Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)"
ReleasedAugust 21, 1989
FormatCD single, 7" single
LabelCapitol 444
Songwriter(s)Garth Brooks, Kent Blazy
Producer(s)Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)"
"If Tomorrow Never Comes"
"Not Counting You"

"If Tomorrow Never Comes" is a song recorded by American country music artist Garth Brooks. Written by Brooks and Kent Blazy, it was released in August 1989 as the second single from his album Garth Brooks and also appears on The Hits, The Limited Series and Double Live. This was his first number-one single on the US Billboard Country Singles chart. It is also sometimes referred to as his signature song. "If Tomorrow Never Comes" was named Favorite Country Single in the American Music Awards of 1991.

The song subsequently became one of Brooks' most popular songs for other artists to perform. In 2002 Irish singer Ronan Keating released a version that reached number one in the United Kingdom and three other countries, and it became a top-five hit in several additional territories.


  • Key: G Major
  • Length: 3:37

This is the first country love song released by Brooks. A man lies awake at night, thinking what would happen in his love's mind if he were to die the next day. The first line in the chorus reads: "If tomorrow never comes, will she know how much I love her?" He goes on to compare this situation with his own lost loved ones, and how he made a promise to say each day how much she means to him. The song begins with a soft guitar solo and gradually builds up to a more orchestrated accompaniment. Brooks has written many love songs since. This song is about the love of a father to his daughter, not to his lover. Garth said that on stage at Belmont University to Britt Todd and in his music video he has his daughter playing next to him while he sings.

Background and production

Garth provided the following background information on the song in the CD booklet liner notes from The Hits:

"'If Tomorrow Never Comes" will probably always be my signature song. I ran the idea for this song by what seemed like a thousand writers and no one really seemed to understand what I was looking for. On the day that Bob Doyle, my co-manager, introduced me to Kent Blazy, I passed this idea by Kent and he had the first verse down within fifteen seconds. I could tell he just felt it. Kent Blazy is a wonderful man, full of love and energy, and if we never write again, I hope that we are always friends first. Thank you Ireland for this moment."[1]

Music video

Throughout the music video for the song, Brooks is seen playing his guitar in a dim room. Next to him is a table with an antique oil lamp on it. The video constantly cuts to a small child, played by the daughter of Steve Gatlin, brother of Larry Gatlin. She is the subject of the song in this case. The use of an antique screen is present through much of the video, which also features Brooks' then-wife, Sandy. "If Tomorrow Never Comes", directed by John Lloyd Miller, received the number-three position on the CMT The Greatest: 20 Greatest First Videos broadcast.

Chart positions

"If Tomorrow Never Comes" entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart on September 9, 1989, and peaked at number one on December 9.

Chart (1989–90) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 2
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 48
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 84
Chart (1990) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 75

Ronan Keating version

"If Tomorrow Never Comes"
Single by Ronan Keating
from the album Destination
ReleasedMay 6, 2002
FormatCD single
RecordedDecember 2001
Songwriter(s)Garth Brooks, Kent Blazy
Producer(s)Steve Mac
Ronan Keating singles chronology
"Lovin' Each Day"
"If Tomorrow Never Comes"
"I Love It When We Do"

"If Tomorrow Never Comes" served as the first single from Irish singer Ronan Keating's second studio album, Destination. The song was produced by Steve Mac. It peaked at number one in the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark and Norway and reached the top 10 in 11 other countries, including Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and Sweden.

Music video

The video starts with Keating sitting on a bed and staring at the woman sleeping in it. He leaves his house and, having fallen onto a road in the path of a moving car, he is run over by it. He goes through the same scene multiple times, apparently stuck in a time loop, unrealistically singing throughout. At the end, he stops the loop by avoiding to cross the road and, instead, walking along the same sidewalk where his front door is.

Track listing


  1. "If Tomorrow Never Comes" - 3:57
  2. "If Tomorrow Never Comes" (Groove Brothers Mix) - 6:08
  3. "Interview with Ronan Keating" - 4:00


  1. "If Tomorrow Never Comes" - 3:57
  2. "Sea of Love" - 3:46
  3. "Ronan Hits DMC Megamix" - 10:14
  4. "If Tomorrow Never Comes" (Video)



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[39] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[40] Gold 25,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[41] Gold 5,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[42] Platinum  
Sweden (GLF)[43] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Other versions

Legião Urbana's front man Renato Russo recorded a cover for his debut solo album, The Stonewall Celebration Concert in 1994. Joose had a number one hit in New Zealand with "If Tomorrow Never Comes" in 1997. In 1999, Westlife made an a cappela version live. Engelbert Humperdinck included the song on his 2003 album Definition of Love. It also became part of Barry Manilow's concert repertoire, and is featured on his 2004 live album 2 Nights Live!. Manilow had previously released a studio version of the song on his 1992 CD box set The Complete Collection and then some..... Claudia Jung made a German cover titled "Wenn es morgen nicht mehr gibt".[1].

In the 2000s, the song has gained added visibility with performances on reality television competition shows, with third-place finisher Elliott Yamin singing it on the fifth season of American Idol. Second season The X Factor winner Shayne Ward performing it in that series' penultimate round, and Australian Idol 2006 winner Damien Leith singing it on Top 10: Number One's Night. Foster & Allen recorded a version which they released on their 2005 album, Foster & Allen - Sing The Number 1's On June 30, 2009, Kevin Skinner sang this song during the auditions on the NBC series America's Got Talent.


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