Quartet
from The Secret Garden
 
 

It is suggested that you listen to the recording of "Quartet" while reading these lyrics.  They are a little difficult to realize in the vocal setting, otherwise.  Come on, you can suffer through a little Mandy Patinkin, can't you? ;)  Characters are color-coded for your convenience and ease of reading.  Have a nice day.


 


Chauvelin
Andrew
Percy
Lucy
(spoken) I dreamed of you last night, Lucy . . . I dreamed we walked the streets of Paris together, hand in hand.  The sun shone on us, and I was happy, with you beside me . . . so happy, that I became very frightened . . .
Lucy, you donít understand,
I fear for whatís ahead;
Lucy, I donít understand!
Who is this man youíd wed?
I have only seen him once or twice,
And weíve spoken even less . . .
And as we walked along the river,
Flags of freedom flying proud,
I knew we would last forever;
Then in the sky appeared a cloud . . .
Lucy, I donít understand,
Heís thirty-five, or more . . .
How could you offer your hand--
Youíre barely twenty-four!
Thereís no need to dread the spinsterís life--
Why submit to fearfulness . . .
If you would only think youíd start to see
How foolish is your plan,
To marry such a man . . .
If youíd only think, youíd come to find,
Youíre not in love at all . . .
Itís in your mind . . .
(spoken) Lucy, WHAT could you have been thinking?  A Frenchman?  A commoner?  You are out of your mind . . .
(spoken) This is really none of your business, Percival!
(spoken) If you wonít listen to sense, Lucy, listen to yourself.  How can you possibly love him?
(spoken) I DO love him!
Something took hold of your head
When he took hold of you--
Made you believe what he said,
Those things that canít be true;
Heís a common lawyer, French besides;
Youíre as different as can be!
Youíre crazy

To do this,

Pursue this!

Heís just a
common man,
French besides;
Youíre as different as can be!

The sun grew dark and cold then,
And you were gone, as if you'd fled;
In your place, where once you had been,
I held a flower, small and red . . .

You canít prevent me . . .

I love him, you see,

And I know he loves me . . .

The storm

Raged around . . .
 

What are you thinking?
How can you do this?
Lucy, I swear, I just donít know you . . .



I could not see . . .
I cannot see . . .

Why you didnít think of what he is,
I cannot see . . .
Do you not see?

 

You just donít see!

You donít decide this--
You are both blinded . . .

You cannot see!

I need you!

Where have you gone?
 
 

I need you . . .
 

 

If you would only think, youíd realize
What sort of person lies
Behind his silver eyes . . .
Lucy, I need you to understand . . .
I need you . . .

 

Youíll never love him,
How can you love him?
You cannot wed him,
Lucy, really . . .
You must not wed him,
How can he love you?
How can you be sure he loves you . . .
Iím afraid he doesnít love you . . .
I really love him,
I know I love him,
And I will wed him,
We have promised . . .
Iíll always love him!
I know he loves me . . 
I am certain that he loves me,

I love him, I know he loves me . . .

(spoken) Come to Paris soon, Lucy.  I miss your laughter . . .
(spoken) Lucy, please . . .
(spoken) The winter was long without you, but the spring promises to be warm . . .
(spoken) Iím afraid heís only going to cause you pain.
(spoken) Write back soon, if you can't come, my love.
Itís the man she cannot see,
Who stays hidden from her eyes,
Who lives out his life in secret
That I fear she will despise . . .
Itís the man she cannot see,
Who stays hidden from her eyes,
Who lives out his life in secret
That I fear she will despise . . .