Merle Haggard performs “If We’re Not Back In Love By Monday” Live performance 1978.

Reached # 2 on the charts US Hot Country Songs and remaining on the charts for a total of 14 weeks. On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts also reached # 2. The song was included on Merle's twenty-second studio album, Ramblin 'Fever (MCA 1977)

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If We’re Not Back In Love By Monday

Lp cover Merle Haggard ( MCA 1977 )
Lp cover Merle Haggard ( MCA 1977 )

“If We’re Not Back in Love by Monday”, song written by Sonny Throckmorton and Glenn Martin, was recorded by the great Merle Haggard for the MCA label, on February 15, 1977, at Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine St., Hollywood, CA, in the same session was also recorded, “Think it’s gone forever”. With the production of Fuzzy Owen and Ken Nelson, the song was released on March 21, 1977, and reached # 2 on the charts US Hot Country Songs, on May 28, 1977, and remaining on the charts for a total of 14 weeks, on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, also reached # 2. It was the first single he released on the MCA label.

The song was included on Merle’s twenty-second studio album, Ramblin ‘Fever (MCA 1977), the album was released on May 9, 1977, and on July 30, 1977, peaked at # 5 on the US Top Country Albums, remaining on the charts for a total of 24 weeks. On the Canadian Country Albums charts, it peaked at # 20. It was the first album It recorded for the MCA label.



Versions:

Millie Jackson 1977 (Spring Records)
Brenda Kaye Perry 1978 (MRC)
Sonny Throckmorton 1978 (Mercury)
West Virginia 1979 (Rox)
Art Williams 1979 (Buffalo Records)
Billy Joe Royal 1982 (Brylen Records)
Moe Bandy 1997 (Intersound)
Shane Worley 2004 (Country Discovery Records)
Leona Williams 2008 (Ah Ha Records)





Merle Haggard – If We’re Not Back In Love By Monday Lyrics

We can call Mrs. Johnson
To keep the kids a day or two
Take the early flight to Florida
Just the way we used to do
Let room service bring us breakfast
Make love all through the day
If we’re not back in love by Monday
We can go our separate ways

[Chorus]
If we’re not back in love by Monday
We can’t say we didn’t try
But before we bury our love
Let’s make sure we’ve let it die
Sleep a few more nights together
Say the things we used to say
If we’re not back in love by Monday
We can go our separate ways

We could find that little cafe
With the funny sounding name
Get the table by the window
I’ll say I love you once again
If the violin player’s still there
We’ll dance you until the break of day
If we’re not back in love by Monday
We can go our separate ways

[Chorus]

Single Merle Haggard ( MCA 1977 )
Single Merle Haggard ( MCA 1977 )

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