Pinwheel of Death

Rod McKuen


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Writers Jacques Brel, Rod McKuen

Genres Standard, Ballad, Seasons

Recorded 1994

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;
WHEN THE DAY WAS YOUNG
AND THE NIGHT WAS LONG,
AND THE MOON STOOD STILL
FOR THE NIGHTBIRD'S SONG.
IF YOU GO AWAY,
IF YOU GO AWAY,
IF YOU GO AWAY,
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 THE RAIN,
WE'LL 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,
IF YOU GO AWAY,
IF YOU GO AWAY,
IF YOU GO AWAY.

IF YOU GO AWAY,
AS I KNOW YOU WILL,
YOU MUST TELL
THE WORLD
TO STOP TURNING TILL
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
TILL THE NEXT HELLO.
IF YOU GO AWAY,
IF YOU GO AWAY,
IF YOU GO AWAY,
IF YOU GO AWAY.

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 RIDE
ON YOUR TOUCH,
I'LL TALK
TO YOUR EYES,
THAT I LOVE
SO MUCH.
BUT IF YOU GO,
GO, I WON'T CRY,
THOUGH THE GOOD
IS GONE
FROM THE WORD
GOODBYE.
IF YOU GO AWAY,
IF YOU GO AWAY,
IF YOU GO AWAY,
IF YOU GO AWAY.

IF YOU GO AWAY,
AS I KNOW YOU MUST,
THERE'LL BE
NOTHING LEFT
IN THE WORLD
TO TRUST;
JUST AN EMPTY ROOM,
FULL OF EMPTY SPACE,
LIKE THE EMPTY LOOK
I SEE ON YOUR FACE,
I'D HAVE BEEN
THE SHADOW
OF YOUR SHADOW
IF I THOUGHT
IT MIGHT HAVE
KEPT ME
BY YOUR SIDE.
IF YOU GO AWAY,
IF YOU GO AWAY,
IF YOU GO AWAY,
PLEASE DON'T GO AWAY.
Alt. Title Le Moribond

Writers Jacques Brel, Rod McKuen

Genres Pop, Folk

Recorded 1974

Lyrics Chorus:
WE HAD JOY,
WE HAD FUN,
WE HAD SEASONS IN THE SUN
BUT THE HILLS WE WOULD CLIMB
WERE JUST SEASONS OUT OF TIME.
ALL OUR LIVES WE HAD FUN,
WE HAD SEASONS IN THE SUN
BUT THE STARS
WE COULD REACH
WERE JUST STARFISH
ON THE BEACH.

ADIEU, EMILE,
MY TRUSTED FRIEND,
WE'VE KNOWN EACH OTHER
SINCE WE WERE NINE OR TEN
TOGETHER WE CLIMBED HILLS
AND TREES,
LEARNED OF LOVE
AND A-B-C's,
SKINNED OUR HEARTS
AND SKINNED OUR KNEES.
ADIEU, EMILE,
IT'S HARD TO DIE,
WHEN ALL THE BIRDS
ARE SINGING
IN THE SKY
NOW THAT THE SPRING
IS IN THE AIR,
PRETTY GIRLS
ARE EVERYWHERE
THINK OF ME
AND I'LL BE THERE.

Chorus

ADIEU, PAPA,
PLEASE PRAY FOR ME,
I WAS THE BLACK SHEEP
OF THE FAMILY
YOU TRIED TO TEACH ME
RIGHT FROM WRONG,
TOO MUCH WINE
AND TOO MUCH SONG,
WONDER HOW I GOT ALONG.
ADIEU, PAPA,
IT'S HARD TO DIE,
WHEN ALL THE BIRDS
ARE SINGING
IN THE SKY
NOW THAT THE SPRING
IS IN THE AIR,
LITTLE CHILDREN
EVERYWHERE
WHEN YOU'LL SEE THEM,
I'LL BE THERE.

Chorus

ADIEU, FRANCOISE,
MY TRUSTED WIFE,
WITHOUT YOU
I'D HAVE HAD
A LONELY LIFE
YOU CHEATED
LOTS OF TIMES,
BUT THEN,
I FORGAVE YOU
IN THE END,
THO' YOUR LOVER
WAS MY FRIEND.
ADIEU, FRANCOISE,
IT'S HARD TO DIE,
WHEN ALL THE BIRDS
ARE SINGING
IN THE SKY
NOW THAT THE SPRING
IS IN THE AIR,
WITH YOUR LOVERS
EVERYWHERE
JUST BE CAREFUL,
I'LL BE THERE.

ALL OUR LIVES WE HAD FUN,
WE HAD SEASONS IN THE SUN
BUT THE STARS
WE COULD REACH
WERE JUST STARFISH
ON THE BEACH.
 


Cowriters: Jacques Brel