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I Know Him So Well

This song is by Andersson & Ulvaeus and appears in the musical play Chess (1984) by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson.

FLORENCE
Svetlana?

SVETLANA
Florence

FLORENCE
I don't know what to say

SVETLANA
There is nothing. I have seen what he really needs
and I can't give that to him - you can

FLORENCE
You don't understand. What he really needs is you and his family -

Nothing is so good it lasts eternally
Perfect situations must go wrong
But this has never yet prevented me
Wanting far too much for far too long
Looking back I could have played it differently
Won a few more moments, who can tell?
But it took time to understand the man
Now at least I know I know him well
Wasn't it good?

SVETLANA
Oh so good

FLORENCE
Wasn't he fine?

SVETLANA
Oh so fine

FLORENCE
Isn't it madness?

BOTH
He can't be mine?

FLORENCE
But in the end he needs a little bit more than me
More security

SVETLANA
He needs his fantasy and freedom

FLORENCE
I know him so well

SVETLANA
No one in your life is with you constantly
No one is completely on your side
And though I move my world to be with him
Still the gap between us is too wide
Looking back I could have played it differently

FLORENCE
Looking back I could have played it some other way

SVETLANA
Learned about the man before I fell

FLORENCE
I was just a little careless maybe

SVETLANA
But I was ever so much younger then

FLORENCE
Now at least I know him well

SVETLANA
Now at least

BOTH
I know I know him well

SVETLANA
Wasn't it good?

FLORENCE
Oh so good

SVETLANA
Wasn't he fine?

FLORENCE
Oh so fine

SVETLANA
Isn't it madness

BOTH
He won't be mine?
Didn't I know How it would go?
If I knew from the start
Why am I falling apart?

SVETLANA
Wasn't it good?
Wasn't he fine

FLORENCE
Isn't it madness

BOTH
He won't be mine?

FLORENCE
Isn't it madness

BOTH
He won't be mine?

FLORENCE
But in the end he needs a little bit more than me -
More security

SVETLANA
He needs his fantasy and freedom

FLORENCE
I know him so well

SVETLANA
It took time to understand him

BOTH
I know him so well.

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