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Follies - Could I Leave You lyrics

Leave you? Leave you?
How could I leave you? How could I go it alone?
Could I wave the years away with a quick goodbye?
How do you wipe tears away when your eyes are dry?

Sweetheart, lover, could I recover?
Give up the joys I have known?
Not to fetch your pills again every day at five,
Not to give those dinners for ten elderly men from the U.N.

How could I survive? Could I leave you
And your shelves of the world's best books
And the evenings of martyred looks, cryptic sighs,
Sullen glares from those injured eyes?

Leave the quips with a sting, jokes with a sneer,
Passionless lovemaking once a year?
Leave the lies ill-concealed and the wounds never healed
And the games not worth winning and-wait, I'm just beginning!

What, leave you, leave you, how could I leave you?
What would I do on my own? Putting thoughts of you aside

In the south of France, would I think of suicide?
Darling, shall we dance? Could I live through the pain
On a terrace in Spain? Would it pass? It would pass.
Could I bury my rage with a boy half your age
In the grass? Bet your ass.

But I've done that already or didn't you know, love?
Tell me, how could I leave when I left long ago, love?
Could I leave you? No, the point is, could you leave me?
Well, I guess you could leave me the house, leave me the flat

Leave me the Braques and Chagalls and all that.
You could leave me the stocks for sentiment's sake
And ninety percent of the money you make.
And the rugs, and the cooks. Darling, you keep the drugs.

Angel, you keep the books, honey, I'll take the grand,
Sugar you keep the spinet and all of our friends and--
Just wait a goddamn minute!

Oh, leave you? Leave you? How could I leave you?
Sweetheart, I have to confess: Could I leave you? Yes.
Will I leave you? Will I leave you?
Guess!