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"If Ever I Would Leave You"

Words by Alan J. Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe (from Camelot, 1960)
(Guest star Richard Fredericks sang part of this song)

If ever I would leave you
It wouldn't be in summer.
Seeing you in summer, I never would go.
Your hair streaked with sun-light,
Your lips red as flame,
Your face witha luster
That puts gold to shame!

But if I'd ever leave you,
It couldn't be in autumn.
How I'd leave in autumn I never will know.
I've seen how you sparkle
When fall nips the air.
I know you in autumn
And I must be there.

And could I leave you
running merrily through the snow?
Or on a wintry evening
when you catch the fire's glow?

If ever I would leave you,
How could it be in spring-time?
Knowing how in spring I'm bewitched by you so?
Oh, no! not in spring-time!
Summer, winter or fall!
No, never could I leave you at all!

031 "Does Your Mother Know You're Out, Rigoletto?"