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Mountain Duet

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

This is the one situation I wanted most to avoid
Nothing I say will convince him this isn't a trick.

The Russian
A drink on a clear moonlit night--I relax, she smiles
There's something unpleasant going on

So with immaculate timing, I'm left to carry the can
Embarrassed, outnumbered, marooned--

The Russian
Now she can't be working for them--I mean us--
She seems so very straightforward--
But where is he?

He has to come back--he wanted this meeting, well didn't he?

The Russian
Maybe he's scared--just as scared as he was in the game

Oh I just couldn't care less
He can go right ahead, go and wreck his career
I know I've done my best

The Russian
Well, at least she's a good-looking spy.

What if my Russian friend thinks that my plans
Are more of an intimate kind?
If I don't say something and soon
He'll go-- nobody's on nobody's side.

The Russian
Listen, I hate to break up the mood
Get to the point, begin the beguine
Haven't you noticed we're a protagonist short
In this idyllic, well-produced scene?

All I can say is moments ago
He was right here ready and waiting

The Russian
Never mind him--I haven't missed him so far

Maybe it won't do any harm
To struggle on without his charm?
Funny how all at once I feel
That he can go jump off the mountain I won't care

This is the one situation I wanted most to avoid

The Russian
My dear opponent--I really can't imagine why

So I am not dangerous then?
What a shame!

The Russian
Oh you're not dangerous--who could think that of you?

You--you are so strange--why can't you be what you ought to be?
You should be scheming, intriguing, too clever by half--

The Russian
I have to hand it to you
For you've managed to make me forget why I ever agreed to this farce.

I don't know why I can't think of anything
I would rather do
Than be wasting my time
On mountains with you

Who'd ever think it? Such a very pretty setting
Tell me, what's the betting, very pretty plotting too?
No matter, I've done all your work for you
Who'd ever think it? Daughter in collaboration
With the very nation gave her father third degree
Where's daddy? Dead or in the KGB!

I have agreed to new terms, which in short means more money. For you as well, but that can't be helped. Therefore, this meeting is unnecessary. The match can continue, and we don't have to be friends.

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