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If You Go Away
Scott Walker Lyrics

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
And the day was young
And the night was long
And the moon stood still
For the night bird's song

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
And 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
As I know you will
You must tell the world
To stop turning, 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

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 glide on your touch
I'll talk to your eyes
That I love so much

But if you go
I won't cry
Though the good is gone
From the word goodbye

If you go away
As I know you must
There'll be nothing left
In this world to trust
Just an empty room
Full of empty space
Like the empty look
I see on your face
And I'd have been the shadow
Of your shadow
If it might have kept me
By your side

Lyrics © CARLIN AMERICA INC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jacques Roman Brel, Rod McKuen

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

George Kaplan

Il existe plus de 70 versions de « Ne Me Quitte pas », rien qu’en Français et en Anglais. Il est donc difficile de toutes les connaître et il est fort à parier qu’une bonne majorité de ces reprises soient dispensables.

Celle de Scott Walker est mémorable et essentielle pour diverses raisons :

Déjà parce que c’est ma préférée de toutes les versions que je connais, le chant de mon crooner favori atteint les étoiles.

Ensuite parce Scott Walker est le plus classe ambassadeur du Grand Jacques pour avoir repris 9 de ses chansons sur ses 3 premiers albums solo (même si « Scott 4 » ne comprend aucun reprise de Brel, il est vivement conseillé de le connaître), il disait de la voix que « c’est comme un ouragan qui souffle dans la pièce ».

Et enfin parce que Scott Walker interprète une version traduite en anglais par Mort Shuman qui s’éloigne du texte original de Jacques Brel en lui donnant une très nette orientation de chanson d’amour.

Le texte de Brel aussi est une chanson d’amour, c’est évident ! Pas du tout en fait… Brel expliqua sept ans après la création de ce monument de la chanson mondiale que cette chanson n’est pas une chanson d’amour mais un hymne à la lâcheté des hommes, capable de s’humilier au plus haut point pour retenir celle qui part (probablement pour de bonnes raisons).

Piaf disait de cette chanson qu’un homme ne devrait pas chanter des trucs comme ça… Heureusement que Scott Walker ne l’a pas écouté.

All comments from YouTube:

Mark Glassman

One of the greatest songs sung by one of the greatest singers! Utterly stunning in every way.

Janet Ware

The pain and emotion that Scott can put into a song speaks for my heart and I'm sure many others. A true master with a voice that words cannot describe, I will miss him very much and am so grateful that his music is still here to enjoy. Saw him live many, many years ago and although I couldn't always appreciate his later work he will always have a place in my life. Rest in peace, Scott.
Many thanks for the hard work in tracking down and making available all these songs. (Just love the version from his show by the way).

Tancred De Hauteville

I've felt that pain and that emotion and never really recovered. This is why this song is so important to me.

Sola Ko


Mi La

Rest in peace Scott Walker. You were a great singer with this great song

Sandra Hanagan Kindon

I sat and listened to this and ended up in tears! That man had such an amazing voice! And only two years older than me!

jennifer holyoake

3 years have passed since you went away scott-I still listen every day❤❤❤❤❤rest in peace love.

Elie Azouz

Same happened to me

LeeBee 1885

Everyone has a favourite version of this beautiful song. I just enjoy each one for what it is. They are all different and to me uncomparable.

AmeRicanItalian Israel


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