by William Bolcom From Cabaret Songs (1978)

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English source: Arnold Weinstein

It wasn’t the policeman’s fault
in all the traffic roar
Instead of shouting halt when he saw me
he shouted Amor.

Even the ice-cream man
(free ice-creams by the score)
Instead of shouting Butter Pecan one look at me
he shouted Amor.

All over town it went that way
Ev’rybody took off the day
Even philosophers understood
How good was the good ‘cuz I looked so good!

The poor stopped taking less
The rich stopped needing more.
Instead of shouting no and yes
Both looking at me shouted Amor.

My stay in town was cut short
I was dragged to court.
The judge said I disturbed the peace
And the jury gave him what for!

The judge raised his hand
And instead of Desist and Cease
Judgie came to the stand, took my hand
And whispered Amor.

Night was turning into day
I walked alone away.
Never see that town again.
But as I passed the churchhouse door
Instead of singing Amen
The choir was singing Amor.


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