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"If Only" is a song from the Disney Channel movie Descendants, sung by Mal while on a date with Ben. The song expressed that Mal was beginning to feel confused about what to do, as she is coming to realize that she may actually be falling in love.

In the reprise, while mixing together a batch of anti-love cookies to break her spell over Ben, an act of compassion on her part, Mal reflects that she may have indeed fallen in love with him. Conflicted on obeying her mother and carrying out the villains revenge on Aurodon, and the fact that she will be betraying Ben and his people, Mal sheds her first tear of sadness in her life.

Lyrics

A million thoughts in my head
Should I let my heart keep listening?
Cause up 'til now, I've walked the line
Nothing lost but something missing
I can't decide what's wrong, what's right
Which way should I go?

If only I knew what my heart was telling me
Don't know what I'm feeling
Is this just a dream?
Ah oh, yeah
If only I could read the signs in front of me
I could find the way to who I'm meant to be
Ah oh, if only
If only
If only
If only

Every step, every word
With every hour I'm feeling in
To something new, something brave
To someone I've never been
I can't decide what's wrong, what's right
Which way should I go

If only I knew what my heart was telling me
Don't know what I'm feeling
Is this just a dream?
Ah oh, yeah
If only I could read the signs in front of me
I could find the way to who I'm meant to be
Ah oh, If only
Yeah

Am I crazy?
Maybe
We could happen
Yeah
Will you still be with me
When the magic's all run out?

If only I knew what my heart was telling me
Don't know what I'm feeling
Is this just a dream?
Ah oh...
If only I could read the signs in front of me
I could find the way to who I'm meant to be
Ah oh...

If only, yeah (x4)

If only
If only

A million thoughts in my head
Should I let my heart keep listening
I know it's time to say goodbye
So hard to let go...

Trivia

  • A version of the song was shot for Descendants 2, in which Mal, after having her heart to heart with the other VKs, would contemplate returning to the Isle or staying in Auradon and with Ben. This version was deleted.
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Media
Films: DescendantsDescendants 2

Web Series: School of SecretsDescendants: Wicked World
Video Games: Descendants: Isle of the Lost Rush
Music: DescendantsDescendants 2
Books: Isle of the Lost: A Descendants NovelDisney Descendants YearbookDisney Descendants: Secrets of Auradon Prep: Insider's HandbookDescendants: Mal's Spell BookDescendants: Junior NovelDescendants: Mal's DiaryReturn to the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants NovelDisney Descendants: School of SecretsRise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants NovelThe Rotten to the Core Trilogy

Characters
Descendants: MalJayEvieCarlos De VilBenAudreyLonnieJaneChad CharmingDougBelleBeastFairy GodmotherSnow WhiteQueen LeahMaleficentJafarThe Evil QueenCruella De VilCoach JenkinsMr. DeleyDude

Descendants 2: UmaHarry HookGilDizzy TremaineUrsula
Descendants: Wicked World: JordanFreddie FacilierAllyCJ HookZevon
School of Secrets: Anxelin
Deleted Characters: Aziz

Episodes
Season One: "Evie's Explosion of Taste" • "Mal's Digi-Image Problem" • "Audrey's New Do? New Don't!" • "Careful What You Wish For" • "Voodoo? You Do" • "Lamp Sweet Lamp" • "Genie Chic" • "Puffed Deliciousness" • "Good is the New Bad" • "Spirit Day" • "I'm Your Girl" • "Mash It Up" • "All Hail the New Q.N.L.B." • "Mad for Tea" • "Carpet Jacked" • "The Night is Young" • "Neon Lights Out" • "Hooked On Ben"

Season Two: "Slumber Party" • "Odd Mal Out" • "Pair of Sneakers" • "Wild Rehearsal" • "Chemical Reaction" • "Talking Heads" • "Steal Away" • "Evil Among Us" • "Options Are Shrinking" • "Party Crashers" • "Mal-lone" • "Trapped" • "Face to Face" • "United We Stand" • "Celebration"

Objects
Mal's Spell BookMagic WandSpinning WheelMagic MirrorJafar's Snake StaffHeart BoxMagic CarpetMaleficent's Staff Birthright JewelsJordan's LampUrsula's Necklace
Songs
Rotten to the CoreEvil Like MeDid I MentionIf OnlyBe Our GuestSet It OffBelieveNight Is YoungGood is the New BadI'm Your GirlGenie in a BottleRather Be With YouEvilBetter TogetherWays to Be WickedWhat's My NameChillin' Like a VillainSpace BetweenIt's Goin' DownYou and MePoor Unfortunate SoulsKiss the Girl
Locations
Isle of the LostDragon HallAuradon PrepAuradonNeverlandUrsula's Fish and ChipsLady Tremaine's Curl Up and Dye
See Also
Anti-Heroes Club