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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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Comments from YouTube:

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).


Ne me quitte pas, Jacques Brel.

Pete Owen

RIP Scott.

Kim Sizer

Best version, hands down. Nice video too.

jack jones

Brel must have rated this version...

Irene Zafar

o, so sbsolutely, but did it please him? i hope so

Brian Edward

Scott Walker was recognised as one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel songs. Check out his definitive album “Scott Walker SingsJacques Brel”.

Gerry Bruneau

Jacques Brel song. He's the English Jacques Brel.

Charles Yearout

Sandie Shaw did a fantastic version in French!


Best version.

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