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VersionsEdit

Kyle "Scarpia" Gordon and Sandy Farina on a demo recording (commercially released in 2001)

Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler on Songs from Whistle Down the Wind

Sascha Th.G. Krebs on The Musicals of Jim Steinman

Original cast recordings/performances not included.

Similar SongsEdit

This song shares lyrical elements (in various versions) with "Lost Boys and Golden Girls," "I've Been Dreaming Up a Storm Lately," "Peel Out," and of course Jim's other song also known as "A Kiss Is a Terrible Thing to Waste."

LyricsEdit

Washington versionEdit

This version was used in the 1996 Washington tryout production of Whistle and for the most part has not been used since, though many of its lyrical elements appear in other versions of this particular song. Only lyrics are reflected in the stage version of each song, though dialogue did appear.

AMOS:
If you listen to the night
You can hear the darkness call
I can barely stand to wait
I can barely stand at all

Come on closer to me now
Like we're sharing the same skin
We've gotta get out of this jail
We've gotta let the future in!

So many things in your life
That you're bound to regret:
Why didn't I do that?
Why didn't I do this?

So many chances you lost
That you'll never forget:
Why didn't I make it?
Why didn't I take it right there?

THE MAN:
If you listen to the night
You can fall onto a dream
Try to stifle every cry
Try to muffle every scream

But the nightmares still go on
And they never, never end
So stop me before I dream again
Somebody stop me before I dream again!

AMOS & THE MAN:
So many things in your life
That you'd blessed away
THE MAN:
Why didn't I do that?
AMOS:
Why didn't I do this?
AMOS & THE MAN:
So many things will be gone
If you miss them today
AMOS:
Come on and get 'em
Go on and let them run wild

AMOS & THE MAN:
The loneliest words
You'll ever know:
"If only
If only it were so"

The emptiest words
That there'll ever be:
"It could have been me
It could have been me"

(SWALLOW sings "Ah... if only..." during the following two verses)

AMOS & THE MAN:
The loneliest words
You'll ever know:
"If only
If only it were so"

The emptiest words
That there'll ever be:
"It could have been me
It could have been me"

AMOS:
You'll have to pay for it later
If you don't get it
When it's going for free
Believe me! Believe me!

THE MAN & AMOS:
A kiss is a terrible thing to waste
AMOS:
And there ain't nothing here that can be replaced
Comes a time when you gotta let go
THE MAN:
How I wish I could let go

AMOS:
A kiss is a terrible thing to waste
A kiss is a terrible thing to waste
And one of these nights
You're gonna show me that you already know
SWALLOW:
I don't know what I should do

AMOS:
There's a feast waiting for you
And you've never even gotten a taste
THE MAN:
God help him if he gets in my way!
AMOS:
It's later than you think
And a kiss is a terrible thing to waste...

THE MAN:
If you listen in the night
You can hear your plans fall through
One more fight you'll never win
One more job you'll never do

AMOS:
You shouldn't tremble when we touch
Let me show you what to do, and how
'Cause we'll never be as young as we are right now
ALL:
We'll never be as young as we are right now

THE MAN & AMOS:
So many cries in the night
That you try to ignore
AMOS:
Why didn't I do this?
THE MAN:
Why didn't I do that?

AMOS & THE MAN:
So many unanswered prayers
So many unopened doors
AMOS:
Why didn't I take it?
BOTH:
Why didn't I make it come true?

AMOS & THE MAN:
The loneliest words
You'll ever know:
"If only
If only it were so"

The emptiest words
That there'll ever be:
"It could have been me
It could have been me

(SWALLOW sings "Ah... if only..." during the following two verses)

AMOS & THE MAN:
The loneliest words
You'll ever know:
"If only
If only it were so"

The emptiest words
That there'll ever be:
"It could have been me
It could have been me"

You'll have to pay for it later
If you don't get it when it's going for free
AMOS:
Believe me!
SWALLOW:
Don't know what I believe!
AMOS & THE MAN:
Believe me! Believe me!

THE MAN:
A kiss is a terrible thing to waste
Don't lose what you got -- it can't be replaced
AMOS:
Now's the time when you got to let go
THE MAN:
There'll be no letting go
I'll never let her go
You make mistake and it can't be replaced

AMOS: A kiss is a terrible thing to waste
And one of these nights
I'm gonna show you that you already know
SWALLOW:
I don't even know what I know!
AMOS:
There's a feast waiting for you
And you've never even gotten a taste
THE MAN:
I'll kill him if he hurts her!
AMOS:
It's later thank you think
AMOS & THE MAN:
And a kiss is a terrible thing to waste...

AMOS:
Now's the time when you got to let go
THE MAN:
I remember letting go!
I'll never be able to let her go...

AMOS:
And one of these nights
I'm gonna show you that you already know
There's a feast waiting for you
AMOS & SWALLOW:
And we've never even gotten a taste
AMOS & THE MAN:
It's later than you think
AMOS:
And a kiss is a terrible thing to waste...

AMOS:
Tire tracks and broken hearts
That's all we're leaving behind
It doesn't matter what we're losing
It only matters what we're going to find

SWALLOW:
Tire tracks and broken hearts
That's all we're leaving behind
It doesn't matter what we're losing
It only matters what we're going to find

BOTH:
Tire tracks and broken hearts
Let's get away from the past
So many ways to stay hungry baby
So many ways to go fast

Tire tracks and broken hearts
That's all we're leaving behind
It doesn't matter what we're losing
It only matters what we're going to find

AMOS:
There's a feast waiting for you
And you've never even gotten a taste
It's later thank you think
And a kiss is a terrible thing to waste
SWALLOW:
A kiss is a terrible thing to waste
AMOS:
A kiss is a terrible thing to waste....

Demo / celebrity versionEdit

BOY:
If you listen to the night
You can hear the darkness call
I can barely stand to wait
I can barely stand at all

Come on closer to me now
Like we're sharing the same skin
We've gotta get out of this jail
We've gotta let the future in!

So many things in your life
That you're bound to regret:
Why didn't I do that?
Why didn't I do this?

So many chances you lost
That you'll never forget:
Why didn't I make it?
Why didn't I take it right there?

The loneliest words you'll ever know:
"If only - if only it were so"
The emptiest words that there'll ever be:
"It could have been me - it could have been me"

(GIRL sings "Ah... if only..." under the second iteration of the above)

The loneliest words you'll ever know:
"If only - if only it were so"
The emptiest words that there'll ever be:
"It could have been me - it could have been me"

You'll have to pay for it later
If you don't get it when it's going for free
Believe me! Believe me!

A kiss is a terrible thing to waste
A kiss is a terrible thing to waste
It's something that's always been so

A kiss is a terrible thing to waste
A kiss is a terrible thing to waste

And one of these nights
You're gonna show me that you already know

There's a feast waiting for you
And you've never even gotten a taste
It's later than you think
And a kiss is a terrible thing to waste

You shouldn't tremble when we touch
There's no reason for these fears
It's a promise that was made
We've been promised this for years

I wanna show you it all
What to do, and where, and how
'Cause we'll never be as young as we are right now
We'll never be as young as we are right now

So many cries in the night
That you try to ignore
Why didn't I do this?
Why didn't I do that?
So many unanswered prayers
So many unopened doors
Why didn't I take it?
Why didn't I make it come true?

The loneliest words you'll ever know:
"If only - if only it were so"
The emptiest words that there'll ever be:
"It could have been me - it could have been me"

(GIRL sings "Ah... if only..." under the second iteration of the above)

The loneliest words you'll ever know:
"If only - if only it were so"
The emptiest words that there'll ever be:
"It could have been me - it could have been me"

You'll have to pay for it later
If you don't get it when it's going for free
Believe me!
Believe me! Believe me!

A kiss is a terrible thing to waste
A kiss is a terrible thing to waste
It's something that's always been so

A kiss is a terrible thing to waste
A kiss is a terrible thing to waste

And one of these nights
I'm gonna show you that you already know

There's a feast waiting for you
And you've never even gotten a taste
It's later than you think
And a kiss is a terrible thing to waste

There's a feast waiting for you
And you've never even gotten a taste
It's later than you think
And a kiss is a terrible thing to waste

BOY & GIRL:
Tire tracks and broken hearts
That's all we're leaving behind
It doesn't matter what we're losing
It only matters what we're going to find

Tire tracks and broken hearts
That's all we're leaving behind
It doesn't matter what we're losing
It only matters what we're going to find

Tire tracks and broken hearts
That's all we're leaving behind
It doesn't matter what we're losing
It only matters what we're going to find

Tire tracks and broken hearts
That's all we're leaving behind
It doesn't matter what we're losing
It only matters what we're going to find

Tire tracks and broken hearts
That's all we're leaving behind
It doesn't matter what we're losing
It only matters what we're going to find

BOY:
There's a feast waiting for you
And you've never even gotten a taste
It's later than you think
And a kiss is a terrible thing to waste
GIRL:
A kiss is a terrible thing to waste
BOY:
A kiss is a terrible thing to waste

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