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Only If

video to watch; if you want you can download only the lyrics or the song in mp3 format or only video pictures in HQ. Composed and performed by Enya, lyrics by Roma Ryan,
produced by Nicky Ryan, Only If is the 5th song in the album Paint the Sky with Stars (1997), also released as a single (1997, #43 UK Singles Chart). The video - amusing and full of good vibes - transmits confidence that if you really want something (let's say, to fly like a bird wing), is sure that you'll find a way to fulfill your desire. Exactly what Enya's eyes says!
Only If lyrics by Roma Ryan with HQ pictures original from video (click to enlarge in high resolution)

Enya Only If video picture 1
Enya Only If reach for the sun video picture 1
  When there's a shadow you reach for the sun

When there is love then you look for the one
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Enya promises there is the sky video picture 2
  and for the promises there is the sky

and for the heavens are those who can fly
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Enya can hear me say video picture 3
  If you really want to you can hear me say

only if you want to will you find a way.
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Enya seize the day video picture 4
  If you really want to you can seize the day,

only if you want to will you fly away
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Enya follow a star video picture 5
  When there's a journey you follow a star

When there's an ocean you sail from afar
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Enya for tomorrow picture 6
  and for the broken heart there is the sky

and for tomorrow are those who can fly
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Enya find a way video picture 7
  If you really want to you can hear me say

only if you want to will you find a way.
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Enya want to fly away video picture 8
  If you really want to you can seize the day,

only if you want to will you fly away

Ah! Je voudrais voler comme un oiseau d'aile.
And wondering not only if the marketplace can take the weight of this particular dream-sequence but also what the beast of commerce might do with the dreams it's entrusted with.

"Only a small number of people have heard the music at this point," she says, unwinding in a suite in a Dublin hotel. "And no matter how pleased you are with the finished recording, the first few times you share it with anyone are somewhat nerve-racking. The emotional stakes are extremely high when you create a piece of work that is so personal." (Billboard, Oct. 2000)

Enya's vulnerability is palpable and her distaste for celebrity - occasionally mocked as a New Age affectation - appears not only convincing, but also sensible. "I do like people," she says. "I have lots of friends, but I can only be who I am." Then she rises and floats away, leaving only the question: who is she? (Women's Weekly, January, 2006)

Enya's quotes:
I go into the studio with a blank canvas. I never plan what I'm going to write. The thoughts are in there, yes, but I never know anything about them until I actually come into the studio. I put no restrictions of time or outside distractions upon myself during this process in the studio, it is the only place where I've found I can work in the way I need to. The studio, is after, all designed around the way we work.

After all the excitement it's difficult to concentrate. One day you're on the news, the next you have to find solitude. I need solitude to write. And the pressure is hard to manage. If we want to do a new track for the next single, it has to be done by next Tuesday. We can only try. (October 27, 1989)

Nicky Ryan to Enya: "The only way I'd like to see things changing is by the same natural progression by which everything else was handled and not due to any outside pressure, whether it's success or anything else. I think it's the most important thread to keep together: always come back to basics and recognise that the bottom line is that you write beautiful melodies and keep the music innocent."

Nicky Ryan: Oh, if only they'd do that. It would be so much better. But they weren't open-minded enough to do it, so I just decided to keep it to myself. Just swallow hard and keep it for another day. Enya was the other day.

The rings Enya wears on her right hand are a Claddagh ring and a wedding band. Both of these belonged to her grandmother who has passed away. The Claddagh's distinctive design features two hands joined together to support a single heart, and upon it a crown. Its motto is "let love and friendship reign". The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). Claddagh rings may be used as friendship, relationship, eternity, engagement, or wedding rings depending on the intention of wearer and, in the case of a gift, of the giver. There are three traditionally accepted ways of wearing the ring which may signal someone's relationship status:
1. When worn on the right ring finger with the heart pointing to the fingertip, the wearer is free of any attachment.
2. On the same finger with the ring turned around, it suggests someone is romantically involved.
3. When the ring is on the left hand wedding ring finger it means the person is married or engaged.
Also, you are invited to watch others Enya videos as Amarantine, And Winter Came, Anywhere Is, Book Of Days, Caribbean Blue, Evening Falls, How Can I Keep From Singing, It's In The Rain, My! My! Time Flies!, On My Way Home, Only If, Only Time, Orinoco Flow, Storms In Africa, The Celts, The Memory of Trees, Trains And Winter Rains, Wild Child, Aldebaran, I Want Tomorrow, March of the Celts, Deireadh an Tuath, The Sun in the Stream, To Go Beyond, Fairytale, Epona, Triad: St Patrick Cu Chulainn Oisin, Portrait, Boadicea, Bard Dance, Dan y Dwr, Journey of the Angels, White is in the Winter Night, O come, O come, Emmanuel, Dreams are More Precious, Last Time by Moonlight, One Toy Soldier, Stars and Midnight Blue, The Spirit of Christmas Past, Silent Night Oíche Chiúin (Chorale),