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The First To Leave

This song is by Elvis Costello and appears on the album The Juliet Letters (1993).

I should open with a kiss
For if you're reading this
You must have opened up your case
And found this letter where I placed it
In between the silk and lace

There were other clues
Like your walking shoes
But I still refused to believe
That you were meant to be
The first to leave

Everybody here sends you their love
How can I forget you still walk above
Or below
Perhaps you'll never know this purgatory
We never could agree

There's a thought, there's a pause
No time to repent
Eternally yours
In a permanent lent

But if I should give you up
If you're right and life just stops
And I never see your face again
Then from unearthly pleasures, proud and plain
I shall abstain

Till you realize
My loss is your surprise
Unless you know otherwise
Then don't grieve
You see I had to be the first to leave


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