Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson:The American And Florence / Nobody's Side Lyrics

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The American and Florence / Nobody's Side

This song is by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and appears in the musical play Chess (1984) by various artists and on the album Chess In Concert (1994).

You want to lose your only friend?
Well, keep it up, you're doing fine!
Why this humiliation?
Why treat me like a fool?
I've taken shit for seven years,
and I won't take it anymore

I'm only teasing Soviets
With gentle bonhomie
And you've a better reason to be anti-them than me

There's a time and there's a place!

Is this the girl always said
she wants to know the truth?

There's a time and there's a place!

(CHOIR) (in background throughout entire sequence)
1956 - Budapest is rising
1956 - Budapest is fighting
1956 - Budapest is falling
1956 - Budapest is dying

I'd have thought you'd support any attack on these people
On the people who ran mindlessly over your childhood
Don't let them fool you, for thirty years on they're the same
They see chess as a war, playing with pawns, just like Poland
If you walk out on me they will have won the first battle
Wouldn't your father have begged you to stay in the game?

He would, but he didn't know you
He'd loathe your behavior and so do I -
Why'd you have to do this to me?

.:. Nobody's Side .:.

What's going on around me
is barely making sense
I need some explainations fast
I see my present partner
in the imperfect tense
And I don't see how we can last
I feel I need a change of cast
Maybe I'm on nobody's side

And when he gives me reasons
To justify each move
They're getting harder to believe
I know this can't continue
I've still a lot to prove
There must be more I could acheive
But I don't have the nerve to leave

Everybody's playing the game
But nobody's rules are the same
Nobody's on nobody's side
Better learn to go it alone
Recognize you're out on your own
Nobody's on nobody's side

The one I should not think of
Keeps rolling through my mind
And I don't want to let that go
No lovers ever faithfull
No contract truly signed
There's nothing certain left to know
And how the cracks begin to show

Never make a promise or plan
Take a little love where you can
Nobody's on nobody's side
Never stay too long in your bed
Never lose your heart, use your head
Nobody's on nobody's side

Never take a stranger's advice
Never let a friend fool you twice
Nobody's on nobody's side
Never be the first to believe
Never be the last to deceive
Nobody's on nobody's side
And never leave a moment too soon
Never waste a hot afternoon
Nobody's on nobody's side
Never stay a minute too long
Don't forget the best will go wrong
Nobody's on nobody's side

Better learn to go it alone
Recognize you're out on your own
Nobody's on nobody's side

Music by:

Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson

Lyrics by:

Tim Rice


Medly of original songs The American and Florence and Nobody's Side

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