|“If It Hadn't Been for Love”|
|Song by Adele|
from the album 21
|A-side||"Rolling in the Deep"|
|Released||November 29, 2010|
|Recorded||XL Studios (London)|
|Writer(s)||Michael Henderson, Chris Stapleton|
|21 track listing|
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Adele's cover of the song was featured on the UK limited edition of her sophomore album 21. She also covered the song on her Adele Live tour. It also appeared on her live CD/DVD concert film, Live at the Royal Albert Hall.
Background and Composition
"If It Hadn't Been for Love" was written by Michael Henderson and Chris Stapleton of the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers. They gave the song to country singer Darryl Worley to sing, though The SteelDrivers later recorded the song for their 2008 self-titled LP.
The song served as the B-side to the lead single from 21, "Rolling in the Deep." It first appeared on the song's CD single and was later included as a bonus track on various deluxe editions of the album released throughout Europe.
"If It Hadn't Been for Love" was the only bonus track from 21 to be performed during the Adele Live tour.
When introducing the song at the Royal Albert Hall, Adele told the concertgoers:
|“||I love this song [because] the sentiment is about killing [the singer's] wife. I would certainly kill some of my ex-boyfriends, for fucking sure! Absolutely, I would! And I reckon all of you would as well! I reckon you've all got an ex, unless you're a lucky one that's been with the one person all your life—I don't know how lucky that is, though, to be honest!||”|
- Adele – vocals
- Chris Stapleton, Michael Henderson – songwriting
- Ben Thomas – guitar
- Rodaidh McDonald – producer, engineer, mixer