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    If the sun has faded away...

    Dear all,

    I'd like to ask about the lyrics of a song titled "Any Time At All". This song was composd by Lennon and McCartney in 1964.

    If the sun has faded away
    I'll try to make it shine
    There is nothing I won't do.

    I think it's far from reality to make the sun shine that has faded away, so subjunctive mood would be appropriate as follows.

    If the sun had faded away
    I would try to make it shine

    What do you think John or Paul intended?

    Thank you!

    OP

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    Re: If the sun has faded away...

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    I'd like to ask about the lyrics of a song titled "Any Time At All". This song was composd by Lennon and McCartney in 1964.

    If the sun has faded away
    I'll try to make it shine
    There is nothing I won't do.

    I think it's far from reality to make the sun shine that has faded away, so subjunctive mood would be appropriate as follows.

    If the sun had faded away
    I would try to make it shine

    What do you think John or Paul intended?

    Thank you!

    OP
    It means "There is nothing I won't do. If the sun fades away, I'll try to make it shine."
    I think that, like my most songwriters, they intended their lyrics not to be grammatically analysed too closely.

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    #3

    Re: If the sun has faded away...

    ... neither grammatically, nor logically. It's a metaphor'

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    #4

    Re: If the sun has faded away...

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    If the sun has faded away
    I'll try to make it shine
    There is nothing I won't do.
    To me, this sentence seems perfectly correct. Putting 'had' in the place of 'has' changes the meaning. We're in the poet's world where the person speaking in the song really wonders if the sun has faded away. It could be an answer to someone telling bad news: "The sun has faded away."
    Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Re: If the sun has faded away...

    As I said, it's a metaphor. They wanted a ryhme for
    If you need a shoulder to cry on I hope it will be mine.
    Call me tonight, and I'll come to you.
    There's no point in getting obsessive about grammar and logic (not that these are seriously infringed )

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