When I Was a Young Man
(Prince Lir's Song)

Dance: "Waltz"
Song: "When I Was a Young Man", Prince Lir's song from Peter S. Beagle's book The Last Unicorn.

When I was a young man, and very well thought of,
I could not ask aught that the ladies denied
I nibbled their hearts like a handful of raisins
And I never spoke love but I knew that I lied
But I said to myself, Ah they none of them know,
Thereís a secret I savor and shelter and save
I wait for the one who will see through my seeming
And Iíll know when I love by the way I behave

The years drifted over like clouds in the heavens
The ladies passed by me like snow on the wind
I charmed and I cheated, deceived and dissembled,
And I sinned, and I sinned, and I sinned, and I sinned!
And I said to myself, ah, they none of them know
Thereís a part of me pure as the whiff of a wave
My lady is late, but sheíll find Iíve been faithful
And Iíll know when I love by the way I behave

At last came a lady both knowing and tender
Saying, "Youíre not at all what they take you to be."
I betrayed her before she had quite finished speaking
And she swallowed cold poison and jumped in the sea.
And I say to myself, when thereís time for a word,
As I gracefully grow more debauched and depraved
Ah, love it is strong, but a habit is stronger
And I knew when I loved by the way I behaved!


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