David Gates started initially just as a songwriter then realizing that the only way his songs were sure to be recorded was to sing them himself, Gates founded Bread in 1968; the group consisted of Gates, James Griffin, Robb Royer, and later, drummer Michael Botts and keyboardist Larry Krechtel. The group's first album, Bread, was released in 1969 with hits "It Don't Matter to Me," "Dismal Day" and "Make It with You." Soft rock hits became the band's trademark and made them legends. Greater success and recognition came with the 1971 album, Manna, with the smash hit "If" an all time classic love song and proof of the Gates songwritting genius.
If a picture paints a thousand words,Then why can't I paint you? The words will never show the you I've come to know. If a face could launch a thousand ships,Then where am I to go? There's no one home but you,You're all that's left me too. And when my love for life is running dry,You come and pour yourself on me. If a man could be two places at one time,I'd be with you. Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way. If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die,I'd spend the end with you. And when the world was through,Then one by one the stars would all go out,Then you and I would simply fly away. Click To Buy.