This song was meant to be in the movie in the tent scene when Pocahontas and John Smith say their goodbyes before Smith's execution, but it was deemed too draggy and axed. And as much as I love this song and as much as I want to see more screentime of the romance, I totally understand why it was cut out. The song was, however, restored to its place in the film for the 10th Anniversary. But before that happened, the singles version was kept in the theatrical release for the end credits, with this version by 90s pop icons Shanice and Jon Secada.

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If I never knew you
If I never felt this love
I would have no inkling of
How precious life can be

And if I never held you
I would never have a clue
How at last I find in you
The missing part of me

In this world so full of fear
Full of rage and lies
I can see the truth so clear
In your eyes
So dry your eyes

And I'm so grateful to you
I'd have lived my whole life through
Lost forever
If I never knew you

If I never knew you
I'd be safe by half as real
Never knowing how I could feel
A love so strong and true

I'm so grateful to you
I'd have lived my whole life through
Lost forever
If I never knew you

I thought our love would be so beautiful
Somehow we make the whole world bright
I never knew that fear and hate could be so strong
All they'd leave us were these whispers in the night
But still my heart is saying we were right

Oh, if I never knew you
If I never knew your love
I would have no inkling of
How precious life can be

I thought our love would be so beautiful
Somehow we make the whole world bright
I thought our love would be so beautiful
We'd turn the darkness into light
And still my heart is saying we were right
We were right

And if I never knew you
(If I never knew you)
I'd have lived my whole life through
Empty as the sky
Never knowing why
Lost forever
If I never knew you

Covers

If I Never Knew You has been covered twice (as of the time of writing) by the Disney Mania albums:

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