If Only (Quartet) is a song of the Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid, which is sung by Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, and King Triton. The song appears during the second act at the end of the second day. A duet version of the song is heard in The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live!.


That night Ariel learns from Carlotta that Grimsby has arranged for a singing contest to find the girl that Eric swears sang to him on the beach. Ariel, singing from within, yearns that she could tell Eric everything.

The Prince, still haunted by the beautiful voice he heard the day he was rescued finds himself conflicted for his growing feelings for the currently mute Ariel. Meanwhile, Sebastian tries to cheer Ariel up, while also realizing that her time is almost up and King Triton, worried about his missing daughter, vows to change his harsh ways if Ariel ever returns to him.


If only you could know
The things I long to say
If only I could tell you
What I wish I could convey

It's in my ev'ry glance
My heart's an open book
You'd see it all at once
If only you would look

If only you could glimpse
The feelings that I feel
If only you would notice
What I'm dying to reveal

The dreams I can't declare
The needs I can't deny
You'd understand them all
If only you would try

All my secrets you would learn them
All my longings you'd return them
Then the silence would be broken
Not a word would need be spoken

Prince Eric:
What is it about her
That's so wonderfully, impossibly familiar?

Why do I feel dizzy
In a way I've only felt but once before?

How come when she looks at me
It seems like time stops moving
Almost like the way it did that day upon the shore?

But that voice

If only it were true
If only for a while

Prince Eric:
Ah that voice!

If only you would notice
How I ache behind my smile

Prince Eric:
Where's that voice?

I guess you never will
I guess it doesn't show
But if I never find a way to tell you so

Oh what I would give
If only you could know

(Spoken) Bless ya child, Tomorrow the Prince will have his pick of any princess in the land. How can a little mermaid compete with all that?

(Sung) If only I knew how
I'd make him see the light
If only it were up to me
This all would turn out right

And if I only could
I'll tell you what I'd do
I'd simply wave my claw
And make your dreams come true

And wouldn't that surprise you
If you only knew

King Triton:
How could she just suddenly
Completely disappear into thin water?
It's been two whole days
And I don't know where she has gone!

Prince Eric:
Ah, that voice!

King Triton:
If only you'd come home

If only I could help

Prince Eric:
Where's that voice?

If only there were time
I know we'd kiss at last

Prince Eric:
That voice!

King Triton:
If only you'd come back
I'll change my ways!

Just one more day for that kiss to come

But time keeps racing forward
And our moment's almost passed!

King Triton:
I'll try to understand

It has to happen now

King Triton:
I'll keep my temper low

I'd give my life up to make it happen

King Triton:
I should have started listening to you long ago

Prince Eric:
How I wish that girl could have been this one!


There's only one more day until I have to go!

Prince Eric:
If only!

Ariel, Sebastian and Triton:
Oh what I would give if only you could know

Prince Eric:
And at the ball
What will occur?
Maybe I'll find that voice
But I'll Lose Her

If only

If only

King Triton:
If only

Ariel: (spoken)
I've caused you so much trouble. Can you ever forgive me?
Triton: (spoken)
Why, I've never been prouder. Somehow, in the blink of an eye when my back was turned, you grew up.


If only you could stay
And never say goodbye
If only I could make time stop
Believe me, I would try

But fathers have to learn
That daughters have to grow
And if you truly love them
You must let them go

And oh, I love you
If only you could know

You love him very much, don't you? You belong to his world now.

v - e - d
The Little Mermaid - 2013 Logo
Films: The Little MermaidThe Little Mermaid II: Return to the SeaThe Little Mermaid: Ariel's BeginningThe Little Mermaid (live-action film)Video

Television: Little Mermaid's IslandThe Little Mermaid: The SeriesA Poem Is...The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live!
Video games: NES gameSega Genesis GameAriel's Story StudioKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIThe Little Mermaid 2: Pinball FrenzyDisney's The Little Mermaid: Magic in Two KingdomsDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle ModeKingdom Hearts III
Books: Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea WitchOfficial Comic AdaptationDisney ComicsThe Little Mermaid's Treasure ChestDisney Princess BeginningsMarvel Comics
Music: SoundtrackThe Legacy CollectionSebastian from The Little MermaidSebastian: Party Gras!The Little Mermaid: Songs from the Sea

Disney Parks
Mermaid LagoonDisney's Art of Animation ResortAriel's GrottoBlowfish Balloon RaceDisney Animation BuildingFairy Tale ForestFlounder's Flying Fish CoasterIt's a Small WorldJumpin' JellyfishKing Triton's Carousel of the SeaMermaid Lagoon TheaterMickey's PhilharMagicPrincess PavilionScuttle's ScootersSorcerers of the Magic KingdomStorybook Land Canal BoatsThe Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea AdventureThe WhirlpoolVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Entertainment: AnimagiqueDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney's WishesDisney Pirate or Princess: Make Your ChoiceFantasmic!Feel the MagicGolden Fairytale FanfareKing Triton's ConcertMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Magical Music WorldMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Wondrous BookSummer BlastThe Golden MickeysVillains Tonight!Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Restaurants: Ariel's Grotto
Parades: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeFestival of Fantasy ParadeMickey's New Year's Eve ParadeMove It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyMickey's Soundsational ParadePaint The Night ParadeSpectroMagicStitch's Summer Dance BashThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeWalt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Fireworks: Believe... There's Magic in the StarsCelebrate the MagicDisney Dreams!Disney in the StarsDisneyland ForeverFantasy in the SkyHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightMagic, Music and MayhemThe Magic, the Memories and YouOnce Upon a TimeRemember... Dreams Come TrueWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color
Halloween: Are You Brave Enough?Disney's Not So Spooky SpectacularHappy HallowishesLet’s Get WickedRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Villains WorldVillains Night Out! Chapter 2

Original: ArielFlounderSebastianScuttlePrince EricKing TritonUrsulaFlotsam and JetsamKing Triton's DaughtersMaxGrimsbyCarlottaChef LouisUrsula's GardenGlutThe Seahorse HeraldHaroldMerpeople

Sequel: MelodyTip and DashAlexMorganaCloak and DaggerUndertowHammerhead SharkFlounder's guppiesBaby PenguinUrsula and Morgana's mother
Prequel: Queen AthenaMarina Del ReyBenjaminThe Catfish Club BandStevieElectric Eels
Little Mermaid's Island: SandyScales
TV Series: UrchinGabriellaOllieDudleyPearlPearl's motherMantaLittle EvilDanielMoraySimonLobster Mobster and Da ShrimpThe SorceressGlowfishEbb and FloEmpreror Shargaand the SharkaniansOctopidBrain SpongeZeusSpot the Killer WhaleCrab ScoutsHans Christian AndersenLuckyThorAugustusStormy the Giant SeahorseThe Magical Wishing StarfishHowling HairfishApolloArchimedesSeaclopsNeptune
Comic Book: IndigoMarlin the MagicianJenny

Season One: "Whale of a Tale" • "The Great Sebastian" • "Stormy" • "Urchin" • "Double Bubble" • "Message in a Bottle" • "Charmed" • "Marriage of Inconvenience" • "The Evil Manta" • "Thingamajigger" • "Red" • "Beached" • "Trident True" • "Eel-Ectric City"

Season Two: "Resigned to It" • "Calliope Dreams" • "Save the Whale" • "Against the Tide" • "Giggles" • "Wish Upon a Starfish" • "Tail of Two Crabs" • "Metal Fish" • "T'ank You For Dat, Ariel"
Season Three: "Scuttle" • "King Crab" • "Island of Fear" • "Land of the Dinosaurs" • "Heroes" • "The Beast Within" • "Ariel's Treasures" • "A Little Evil"

Prince Eric's StatueTridentUrsula's CauldronUrsula's NecklaceMelody's locketQueen Athena's music boxDinglehopperRoyal Ship
AtlanticaAriel's Secret GrottoUrsula's LairPrince Eric's CastleThe Wedding ShipMorgana's Ice Cave
Film: Fathoms BelowDaughters of King TritonPart of Your WorldUnder the SeaPoor Unfortunate SoulsLes PoissonsKiss the GirlDown to the SeaFor a MomentTip and DashHere on the Land and SeaJust One MistakeJump in the Line (Shake Senora)I Remember • I Will Sing

TV Series: Just a Little LoveYou Got to be YouThe Edge of the Edge of the SeaThe Lobster Mobster's MobThe Beddy Bye BluesSing a New SongIn HarmonyThis is the LifeNever Give UpYou Wouldn't Want to Mess with MeThe Sound of LaughterDaring to DanceJust Give Me a ChanceEvil Lullaby
Musical: She's in LoveHuman StuffPositoovityI Want the Good Times BackDaddy's Little AngelHer VoiceThe World AboveThe ContestIf OnlyBeyond My Wildest DreamsSweet ChildOne Step CloserAll Good Things Must End
Songs from the Sea: The Sea KingdomWhat's It Like to Be a Mermaid?The Scuttle StrutThere's Only One ArielHe's a FriendAt the Mermaids' BallParty With MeMy Room in the SeaDreamingH2O, What a Feeling!We Share the EarthWhere Mermaids Dwell
Deleted: Silence is GoldenGonna Get My Wish
Other: One Dance

See Also
MusicalThe Disney AfternoonDisney Sing Along Songs: Under the Sea
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