If I Could Choose

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Republic of Ireland "If I Could Choose"
Sean Dunphy-If I Could Choose.jpg
Eurovision Song Contest 1967 entry
Sean Dunphy
Michael Coffey
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Entry chronology
◄ "Come Back to Stay" (1966)   
"Chance of a Lifetime" (1968) ►

"If I Could Choose" was the Irish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1967, performed in English by Sean Dunphy.

The song is a ballad, in which Dunphy tells his lover how special she is to him. He explains that, while he lives in County Clare, he would willingly live in a desert if it meant that he could live with her. He also sets up other scenarios, including choosing to walk "the longest road" with her and talk with her on "the longest day", asking "What would I lose if I could choose?".

The musical arrangement of this song was by Pat King.

The song was performed 17th (last) on the night, following Italy's Claudio Villa with "Non andare più lontano". At the close of voting, it had received 22 points, placing second in a field of 17.[1]

It was succeeded as Irish representative at the 1968 contest by Pat McGeegan with "Chance of a Lifetime".

It reached number 2 on the Irish Charts, kept off the top spot by "Puppet on a String", by Sandie Shaw, who won the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest.


Chart (1967) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[2] 2


  1. ^ http://www.rte.ie/archives/exhibitions/2889-eurovision/700266-2nd-place-for-sean-dunphy/
  2. ^ "Ireland singles charts". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2014-05-13.