Finale Act 1 (Quartet) lyrics

by

Leonard Bernstein


[CANDIDE]
Once again I must be gone
Moving on to Eldorado
Shall my hopes be answered there?
Is that land so good and fair?
Though that Eden well may be
Though it shine however brightly
Still no bright yonder can delight me
Cunegonde won't be there to share it with me

[CUNEGONDE]
Though it may seem
I am discarding Candide
Truly my scheme
Is for safeguarding Candide
Though I abhor
This loveless connection
I’ll feign affection
For your protection, Candide

[GOVERNOR]
Why should I wed?
Marriage is awful, you know
Passion is dead
Once it is lawful, you know
No, I'll not wed
That would bе the worst thing
After the first fling
Womеn are awful, you know

[OLD LADY]
Haven't I got brains?
I’m devilishly witty!
We were just in chains
And now we're sitting pretty!

[CANDIDE]
Farewell my love, farewell!
Farewell Cunegonde
Fare­well, farewell!

[CUNEGONDE]
Farewell, my love
Ah, farewell, my love

[GOVERNOR]
No, for passion is dead
When it's lawful, you know
No, no, no, marriage is awful, you know
[OLD LADY]
If you've got brains
And you're clever and witty
You can make out
And wind up sitting pretty!

[OLD LADY]
Ah!

[CANDIDE]
Ah!

[CUNEGONDE]
Ah!

[OLD LADY]
Ah!

[CANDIDE]
Ah!

[GOVERNOR]
Ah!

[MARTIN, spoken]
Well, they all believe what they're screaming. We'll see. 
[CANDIDE]
Though that Eden may well be
Though it shine however brightly
What bright yonder can delight me

[CUNEGONDE]
Though it may seem
I am discarding Candide
Truly my scheme
Is for safeguarding Candide
Though I abhor this love­less connection

[GOVERNOR]
Why should I wed?
Marriage is awful, you know
Passion is dead
Once it is lawful, you know
Women are awful after the first fling

[OLD LADY]
Haven't I got brains
I’m devilishly witty
We were just in chains
And now we’re sitting pretty
Sitting pretty

[CUNEGONDE]
Farewell to my love
Farewell to my love
Farewell to my love

[CANDIDE]
Farewell to my love
Farewell to my love
Farewell to my love

[OLD LADY]
You've got to have brains
You’ve got to have brains
You've got to have brains to live

[GOVERNOR]
No, no, I'll not wed
No, no, I'll not wed
No, no, I’ll not wed, no
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