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Way I Behaved (Peter Beagle in The Last Unicorn) When I was a young man, and very well thought of There was nought I could ask 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, there's none of them knows The secret I shelter, and savor, and save. I wait for the one who can see through my seeming And I'll know when I love by the way I behave". The years they passed over like clouds in the heavens, The ladies went 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. But I said to myself,"Ah, there's none of them knows There's a part of me pure as the whisk of a wave. My love may be late, but she'll find I have been faithful And I'll know when I love by the way I behave". At last came a lady, both knowing and tender Who said "You are 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 there's time for a word, As I gracefully grow more debauched and depraved. "Ah, love may be strong, but a habit is stronger And I know how I loved by the way I behaved". Sings well to The Ashgrove RG
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