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Waltz For Eva And Ché

This song is by Andrew Lloyd Webber and appears on the musical soundtrack Evita (1976) by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice.

Tell me before I waltz out of your life
Before turning my back on the past
Forgive my impertinent behaviour
But how long do you think this pantomime can last?

Tell me before I ride off in the sunset
There's one thing I never got clear
How can you claim you're our saviour?
When those who oppose you are stepped on, or cut up, or simply disappear

Tell me before you get onto your bus
Before joining the forgotten brigade
How can one person like me, say
Alter the time-honoured way the game is played

Tell me before you get onto your high horse
Just what you expect me to do?
I don't care what the bourgeoisie say
I'm not in business for them
But to give all my descamisados a magical moment or two

Eva & Ché:
There is evil, ever around
Fundamental system of government
Quite incidental

So what are my chances for honest advances, I'd say low
Better to win by admitting my sin than to lose with a halo

Tell me before I seek worthier pastures
And thereby restore self-esteem
How can you be so short-sighted
To look never further than this week or next week
To have no impossible dream

Allow me to help you slink off to the sidelines
And mark your adieu with three cheers
But first tell me who'd be delighted
If I said I'd take on the world's greatest problems
From war to pollution, no hope of solution
Even if I lived for one hundred years

Eva & Ché:
There is evil, ever around
Fundamental system of government
Quite incidental

So go if you're able to somewhere unstable
And stay there!
Whip up your hate in some tottering state
But not here dear,
Is that clear dear?

Oh, what I'd give for a hundred years
But the physical interferes
Every day more, oh my creator
What is the good of the strongest heart
In a body that's falling apart
A serious flaw, I hope you know that

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