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Ne me quitte pas…
This is my site Written by Martin on September 24, 2013 – 11:46 am

 

 

 

If you go away on this summer day

Then you might as well take the sun away

All the birds that flew in the summer sky

When our love was new and our hearts were high

When the day was young, and the night was long

And the moon stood still for the nightbird’s song

If you go away, if you go away, if you go away…

 

But if you stay, I’ll make you a day Like no day has been or will be again

We’ll sail the sun, we’ll ride on the rain We’ll talk to the trees and worship the wind

Then if you go, I’ll understand Leave me just enough love to fill up my hand

If you go away, if you go away, if you go away…

 

If you go away, as I know you will

You must tell the world to stop turning ’til

You return again, if you ever do

For what good is love without loving you?

Can I tell you now, as you turn to go

I’ll be dying slowly ’til the next hello?

If you go away, if you go away, if you go away…

 

But if you stay, I’ll make you a night

Like no night has been or will be again

I’ll sail on your smile, I’ll ride on your touch

I’ll talk to your eyes that I love so much

But if you go, go! I won’t cry

Though the good is gone from the word goodbye

If you go away, if you go away, if you go away…

 

If you go away, as I know you must

There’ll be nothing left in the world to trust

Just an empty room, full of empty space

Like the empty look I see on your face

I’d have been the shadow of your shadow

If I thought it might have kept me by your side

If you go away, if you go away, if you go away…

 

Jacques Brel (trans. Rod McKuen )

 

Out of so many wonderful performances of this masterpiece of Brel, this one , by Shirley Horn , I find the most alluring and heartbreaking in it’s simplicity.

you can listen to Shirley Horn’s performance by clicking on the link below

02 If You Go Away

 

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