Aaliyah - What If Lyrics




What if... every guy I saw
What if... sitting down at the bar
What if... I told him to give me a call
What if... what if, what if, what if
What if... every guy in the place
What if... was all up in my face
What if... what would you say
What if... what if, what if, what if

I hate a jealous man, one who doesn't understand
That I'm attractive so of course men wanna take my hand
And lead me off round the corner maybe to their place
But when they speak you get mad, jumping all up in my face

But on the other hand when women come and speak to you
You kiss and hug them like it's something that you let me do
You're only jealous cause you know the ish you put me through
I might turn right around and do that ish to you

What if... every guy I saw
What if... sitting down at the bar
What if... I told him to give me a call
What if... what if, what if, what if
What if... every guy in the place
What if... was all up in my face
What if... what would you say
What if... what if, what if, what if

I hate a lying dude, one who doesn't know the rules
If you gonna cheat burn the receipt from the hotel room
But instead you're up in my face saying you were at friends
But they all call asking me where the hell you been

Why they keep treating us this way
Hot grits is a new game we play
We'll burn you (oh), we'll cut you (oh), we'll kill you (oh)
We don't have to take it no more

What if... every guy I saw
What if... sitting down at the bar
What if... I told him to give me a call
What if... what if, what if, what if
What if... every guy in the place
What if... was all up in my face
What if... what would you say
What if... what if, what if, what if

Why they keep treating us this way
Hot grits is a new game we play
We'll burn you (oh), we'll cut you (oh), we'll kill you (oh)
We don't have to take it no more

What if... every guy I saw
What if... sitting down at the bar
What if... I told him to give me a call
What if... what if, what if, what if
What if... every guy in the place
What if... was all up in my face
What if... what would you say
What if... what if, what if, what if

What if... every guy I saw
What if... sitting down at the bar
What if... I told him to give me a call
What if... what if, what if, what if
What if... every guy in the place
What if... was all up in my face
What if... what would you say
What if... what if, what if, what if

What if... every guy I saw
What if... sitting down at the bar
What if... I told him to give me a call
What if... what if, what if, what if
What if... every guy in the place
What if... was all up in my face
What if... what would you say
What if... what if, what if, what if

What if... every guy I saw
What if... sitting down at the bar
What if... I told him to give me a call
What if... what if, what if, what if
What if... every guy in the place
What if... was all up in my face
What if... what would you say
What if... what if, what if, what if





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Aaliyah What If Comments
  1. Nunya Bizniss

    The background rock music was too loud for Aaliyah's soft voice...I still love this song though...sounds like a song that couldve opened or closed a concert of hers had she had the chance 💔

  2. Ja'Meer And Jourdyn

    This album was EVERYTHING!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. freelikeabird

    I just kicked my nike slides off and did a stripper kick. 💃🏾🦵🏾

  4. kk t

    This whole album is literally my life. Love you forever and miss your beautiful music aaliyah

  5. lita leitch

    Wow genius period 💯

  6. TVtime86

    I LOOOVE how the sound towards the end of her album turned in to something so different yet still went so perfect!! She was letting us know, she was coming strong with the next album!
    Tank has some crazy writing skills also!
    Love you A-A-L-I-Y...-A-H!!

  7. Ladii Henry

    This ma shit

  8. Josiah Ewen

    This is the perfect closing song to an album. She did her thing

  9. Jhamel Wade

    This is ALWAYS my favorite ❤️💕😎🤟🏽

  10. lashawna moore

    One thing about baby girl is......She gon RIDE the HELL outta a beat😂💖💖💯

  11. Taylar Hill

    My favorite on this album😍 Missy's vocals were definitely on this record!

  12. Ch33f

    good gravy - that beat.....!!!!

  13. Phillip James

    Aaliyah
    18X19

  14. Ra Jr

    When I bought this album and I heard this jam I replayed the the static out of this mutha🤬 It was inspiring and felt like a fresh direction for music. Damn I miss this woman😇

  15. Cathline Johnson

    This song rocks

    M 360

    Cathline Johnson pun intended lol

  16. Ellishon Douglas

    She Was Def Ahead Of Time With This One

  17. Nicole Reynolds

    🔥🔥🔥🔥

  18. Open Bacardi

    r&b + guitar = best combination ever

  19. Deja Porter

    Love you baby girl ❤ 🙏🏾

  20. Tiana Lady_Pickle Magee

    Aaliyah is still killing it 18 years after her transcendence into heavenly peace. She will always be one of the top females I had always admired and looked up to 💗 Crazy she'd be 40 years old this year!

  21. Jamed Jean

    I love u liyah

  22. LadyD

    This song was ahead of time. They should of had her do a music video for this song. My fave off this album

  23. M.R.A Ang

    I love Liyah but I don’t understand why people aren’t crediting the songwriters and producers of this track? Y’all are saying Aaliyah was ahead of her time (which is true) but what about the people behind the composition? Weren’t they ahead of their time too?? Lol

    Issacthekid

    Because we already know these things.

    Tony Turner

    Of course they were

    Samantha Waz here

    Because they not like aaliyah yes they were helpers but SHE.DID.THAT. End of story.

  24. ¡GOHAN FOREVER!.

    The time pass really hard,on july 07 are gonna be 18 years about the realease of this álbum :(,Aaliyah forever.

  25. Bryan Huerta

    a shocking departure from Aaliyah's style but it works in her favor, shes truly a trailblazer.

  26. Gustavo Ferreira

    This beat is so sick

  27. Nick Ferrari

    This Was Baby Girls Crossover Track 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💯💯💯💯

  28. michael andre

    They shouldve released this as a single and video.. if wouldve been epic like when Janet released If especially with Fatima choreographing

    Issacthekid

    They probably would have. I mean the previous album had 6 singles. To bad we couldn't see if the same would've been done here.

  29. Nina Willow

    I haven't listened in years. She was guiding her fans towards the direction she was heading in. It would have amazing. This is why people need to be careful when they compare her to othet artists. She has her influences and puts her own spin on it. I get upset when I think about what we didn't get to see.

  30. The Crave House

    Still sounds new! #2019

  31. Jordy Scott

    AALIYAH MEANS MOST EXALTED ONE AND SHE DEFINITELY LIVED UP TO THE MEANING OF HER NAME😍😘💜😎🤗☺😚R.I.H CAPRICORNS FOR LIFE😊😍😘

  32. Jonathan Samudio-Facyson

    Good song

  33. Monie Pratt

    Dope song,beat,Remarkable

  34. michael andre

    If they released a video for this it wouldve been like the " if" Janet jackson music video especially with Fatima choreographing it

  35. Unreleased/Underrated R&B Grooves

    This shit is undoubtedly hottttt! Screams almost like a Nine Inch Nails cover with a mix of some Timbaland influence. Loved how experimental Aaliyah was getting on her last release. Nothin' but R&B gold taking on different forms during this era; goth, metal, futurism, electro, dubstep. God, I looooved and obsessed over this era so damn much too damn bad we'll never get something this explosive again nor a dream team like Aaliyah, Playa, Missy, Timbaland, Tweet, Ginuwine, Magoo & Nicole Wray ever again. Once in a lifetime experience.

  36. Nicole Raheem

    Her vocals were better developed on this album too.
    Especially with this song

  37. Likedbymany

    when I first got this album this song stood out to me and the bonus track messed up. It just bangs so hard. u gotta twist your face up and play air guitar

  38. Goldenxronnie

    The industrial rock... she was so ahead of her time. You can hear the Janet influence. I wish she could have gotten into UK Garage like she wanted it too. Set the tempo for FKA Twigs, The Weeknd etc. Such a visionary. Happy birthday babygirl. We love you FOREVER

  39. naF La Trill

    Suuuuuper coincidental that a page named Destiny's Child is distributing Aaliyah's music 🙄🤔🤔

  40. naF La Trill

    Aaliyah over Beyoncé ANYDAY ♥️💋

    Imani Alexander

    both are successful BLACK WOMEN. Aaliyah would of hated you.

    M 360

    Imani Alexander 🤣🤣🤣

  41. ZDA

    This my shit! I played this whole album front to back!

  42. Jojo brown

    Imagine the visuals, looks and choreography and attitude she would have served us in this music video wooo

  43. Tory Takken

    this album was so different from her other albums, such a big musical evolution for her! would have love to hear a follow up 4th album to this masterpiece but sadly we would never know

  44. Rhyme Jones

    Hey y'all, J Dub made the beat, Babbs wrote the lyrics. Don't get me wrong, Aaliyah was amazing but it should be common knowledge there are producers and writers, not just the vocalist. Enjoy this masterpiece by collective geniuses. Aaliyah's greatest album!

  45. devin scott

    “We will burn ya, we will cut you, we will kill you!! We don’t have to take no more”

  46. Prince Von

    Her ear for music was crazy 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🔥🔥🔥

  47. Noby Davis

    Am I the only one who can hear the influence of Prince in this song?

  48. Tara Kwiatkowski

    I love this song so much. I miss her so much. RIP Aaliyah

  49. Alexis Geneva

    This song is ART.. She bodied this song... the lyrics to this is so real .. And very very true how SOME men act til this day. Nothing new under the sun.. Just a different pace... Rest in peace the great Aaliyah... ♑

  50. Shanetta Stephens

    Was this gonna be her next single eventually before she died??

  51. kyle z

    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    you're the jealous man
    one who doesn't understand
    that i'm attractive so of course men want to take my hand
    and lead me off round the corner or maybe to their place
    but when they speak you get mad jumping all up in they face
    but on the other hand when women come and speak to you
    you kiss and hug them like it's something that you let me do
    you're only jealous 'cause you know that ish you put me through
    i might turn right around and do that bull shit to you
    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    you're the lying dude
    one who doesn't know the rules
    if you goin' cheat burn the receipt from the hotel room
    but instead you're up in my face saying you were at friends
    but they all call asking me where the hell you been
    why they keep treatin' us this way
    i guess it's a new game we play
    we'll play,
    we'll cut you (oh)
    we'll kill you (oh)
    we don't have to take it no more
    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    why they keep treatin' us this way
    i guess it's a new game we play
    we'll play,
    we'll cut you (oh)
    we'll kill you (oh)
    we don't have to take it no more
    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if

  52. Martrice Henderson

    Wow memories .i played this song sooo much . it was a bonus track & something jus stick out to me . love the alternative sound . she rides the beat so well over the Guitar instruments🎸

  53. Brian bothwell

    She would fuck this shit up live

  54. Shirley Ramsey

    Here still listening on the anniversary of the album!!

  55. ThisIsMissyExclusive

    This song often screamed of a Nine Inch Nails cover mixed with some Timbaland influence to me. I guarantee if it had been put out as a single, it would have sent radios into a frenzy. No one was prepared for what Aaliyah was about to bring to the table regarding her unique visions. Not to mention had secured over 5 movie deals under her belt at the time ("Some Kind of Blue", "Sparkle", "Honey", "Matrix", "Queen of the Damned"). To know she was doing all of this at the mere age of 22 while juggling a slew of other tasks blows my mind. RIP Aaliyah.

  56. NickyVendetta

    As much as I miss her everyday, she would have been corrupted in today's cruel times. She was just too pure for this world.

    Rest in Peace, my angel. Your voice lives on.

    A.J Marsley

    NickyVendetta lol the Aaliyah who was about to marry r kelly? She woulda been fine grew with the times but all speculation sad she’s gone

    A MW

    💯😇

  57. W. Ray

    I’m mad that this album is not on iTunes!!!!

  58. Justsome Rabia

    17 years later and this song is still hot!

  59. Lischa

    What if every guy I saw
    What if sitting down at the bar
    What if I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if every guy in the place
    What if was all up in my face
    What if what would you say
    What if what if, what if, what if

    [Verse 1]
    I hate a jealous man, one who doesn't understand
    That I'm attractive so of course men wanna take my hand
    And lead me off 'round the corner maybe to their place
    But when they speak you get mad, jumping all up in my face
    But on the other hand when women come and speak to you
    You kiss and hug them like it's something that you let me do
    You're only jealous 'cause you know the ish you put me through
    I might turn right around and do that ish right back to you

    [Chorus]
    What if every guy I saw
    What if sitting down at the bar
    What if I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if every guy in the place
    What if was all up in my face
    What if what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if

    [Verse 2]
    I hate a lying dude, one who doesn't know the rules
    If you gonna cheat burn the receipt from the hotel room
    But instead you're up in my face saying you were at friends
    But they all call asking me where the hell you been

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Why they keep treating us this way
    I guess it's a little game we play
    We'll burn you (oh), we'll cut you (oh)
    We'll kill you (oh)
    We don't have to take it no more

    [Chorus]
    What if every guy I saw
    What if sitting down at the bar
    What if I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if every guy in the place
    What if was all up in my face
    What if what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Why they keep treating us this way
    I guess it's a little game we play
    We'll burn you (oh), we'll cut you (oh)
    We'll kill you (oh)
    We don't have to take it no more

    [Chorus: 4x]
    What if every guy I saw
    What if sitting down at the bar
    What if I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if every guy in the place
    What if was all up in my face
    What if what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if

  60. isaliyah

    I miss you

  61. Heavenlii Romero

    When I first heard this song I didn't believe that it was her. I thought it was someone else's song. But I just figured out last year that it was her. You are missed.😍😘😄😖

  62. DreamofWires

    Yes. This forever.

  63. Long Live Daveon

    This is Are You That Somebody too the #80 power.. This single should've been released.. 🔥

  64. Tarkeema Lewis

    this beat kicks so much

  65. Super Marco

    U can't tell me DJ mustard on the beat didn't take the intro of You Needed Me from this.....AALIYAH was ahead of her time, had she n 2pac still be alive; the rihannas n the ciaras won't be here n reality hoes wouldn't have a CHANCE!! N don't get me started on the rap🤦🏾‍♂️

  66. SleelS

    ⭐Whos better ????😏

  67. Ur Favorite Aun_tea

    I would love to hear her and the weekend... Damn rip baby girl I'm sad now

  68. Philip Cruz

    More UK garbage electronica or whatever this genre is!! This is Badass!!! I love it!!

  69. LegendMariah

    She was miles ahead of her time.

    A MW

    LegendMariah Perfect Voice; perfect body; perfect attitude; baby girl!

    P.F.H.

    Miles? I think lightyears.

  70. shawn292380

    i believe this is about damon lol

  71. Shondell Moore

    Omg this joint right here nigga!! I played the fuck outta this track on this album. So hypnotizing and the lyrics are so on point. I miss Aaliyah so much

  72. Shanicka White

    She was such ahead of her time. Even in her time she was an innovator and leader. Always blazing her own path.

  73. Andre P

    This video would of been an awesome video 👏

  74. Ur Favorite Aun_tea

    release this album now I bet it will go number 1!!!!!! I fucking you love Aaliyah #longliveAaliyah

  75. GUSTAVO INFINITO

    Amazing album, she deserves at least 5-6 grammys for this masterpiece.All the songs are really good.

    aaliyah haughton

    GUSTAVO INFINITO omg ikr and a star like a hall of fame star for her cause that would be beautiful seeing her beautiful name on a star😍😍😍😍

    aaliyah haughton

    she was the queen period and always will be too😍😍😍😍

    ¡GOHAN FOREVER!.

    She deserves all the awards on this world.

  76. Lydia Campbell

    this song goes hard!!!!!

  77. shawn292380

    Damn this is hot. I wish she had shot the video for this instead of rock the boat. I guess whatever was meant to happen is done. Rip aaliyah you were a beautiful human being. I wish that I had a chance to meet u when I lived in Detroit. I had already moved to Alabama when back and forth came out. You are the second person I want to meet when I get to heaven but first GOD.

  78. shawn292380

    Tank wrote this for her. I think this was a good choice for her voice. It sounds like she was talking about that dude damon.

    AWN

    She definitely would've done more rock..she would've worked with Korn back in the day

    Naia

    @AWN yeah and 9 inch nails was her favorite rock band

  79. Louise Crouch

    Aaliyah amazing and a super talent, with missy, timberland and all the crew.

  80. psychout

    "hot grits is a new game we play"
    "We'll burn ya We'll cut you We'll kill you."
    IM SHOOK

    Herley Taylor

    I know that's right. ~Uncle Grandpa

  81. Diamoneque Kirk

    this is my shit love this song never get too old rip aaliyah gone never forgotten 💪🙏

  82. Linda Day

    my favorite

  83. Samantha Collins

    omg luv diz song

  84. Samantha Collins

    omg luv diz song

  85. est' 1991

    you will forever be timeless aaliyah .

  86. Victori Shell Ngo

    I just love it when she goes like "we don't like to take it no more!" Then she goes "noooooo, yeah!"

  87. Heaven Renee

    I love this song best song on this album. This video also would have been lit 💗💗💗. We love you Aaliyah

  88. bibi woods

    she was sooo ahead of her time

  89. Princess LiL Chief

    OOOOH WEE THIS THE BEST ROCK N ROLLish SONG EVER 🔥🔥🔥🎶🎶🎶🎶

  90. Joshua Jackson

    this song gives life

  91. Shawn Hall

    What If

    Aaliyah

    Lyrics

    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if

    you're the jealous man
    one who doesn't understand
    that i'm attractive so of course men want to take my hand
    and lead me off round the corner or maybe to their place
    but when they speak you get mad jumping all up in they face
    but on the other hand when women come and speak to you
    you kiss and hug them like it's something that you let me do
    you're only jealous 'cause you know that ish you put me through
    i might turn right around and do that bull shit to you

    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if

    you're the lying dude
    one who doesn't know the rules
    if you goin' cheat burn the receipt from the hotel room
    but instead you're up in my face saying you were at friends
    but they all call asking me where the hell you been

    why they keep treatin' us this way
    i guess it's a new game we play
    we'll play,
    we'll cut you (oh)
    we'll kill you (oh)
    we don't have to take it no more

    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if

    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if

    why they keep treatin' us this way
    i guess it's a new game we play
    we'll play,
    we'll cut you (oh)
    we'll kill you (oh)
    we don't have to take it no more

    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if

    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if

    What if, every guy I saw
    What if, was sittin' down at the bar
    What if, I told him to give me a call
    What if, what if, what if, what if
    What if, every guy in the place
    What if, was all up in my face
    What if, what would you say
    What if, what if, what if, what if

    Songwriters: Jeffery Walker / Durrell Babbs

    What If lyrics © EMI

  92. Sim ?

    damn another song off this album I remember stayed on HEAVY rotation when I used to sneak in his room & listened to all his music when he wasn't there. I was 9 in 2001 when her last album came out.... it's 2017 & it's still sound so fresh! That's VERY telling on of her career. timeless classics from a Angel who went before she fully had the ball man :/

  93. Taylor Downing

    Aaliyah sounds great on this track.

  94. Marilyn King

    I F........ LOVE AALIYAH!!!!😭😭😭😭

  95. Kylie Kayemba

    I just remembered this banger and I'm so glad I did!!!! 😍

  96. MIZZJACQUETTAx

    I love the theme guitar sounds!

  97. anjelheaven

    "Why they keep treatin' us this way.... hot grits is a new game we play.... we'll burn, we'll cut you, we'll kill you.... we don't have to take it no more!"

    Rxyalty Antoinette

    anjelheaven QUEEN WENT OFF😭

    Ladii Henry

    FELT THIS !!!!!

    Ladii Henry

    So that's what she was saying ...I really love this song now 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    Rxyalty Antoinette

    Ladii Henry Me too I literally never realized she said that that makes it even more fire🔥😂😂😂

    Jhamel Wade

    @Ladii Henry oh WOWwww

  98. Dee Williams

    the queen always and forever

  99. Nia M

    We Don't Have Take It No More!!!