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Casablanca Villanelle

The fundamental things apply—
even in Casablanca, what kiss is just a kiss?
Play it Sam; Play As Time Goes By.

Track that kiss like a sharp private eye
through the streets of the Casbah to its real address;
The fundamental things apply.

Is it a love story or an alibi,
a message from the Reich or the Resistance?
Play it Sam; Play As Time Goes By.

Is it the new way to live, or the old way to die?
The kiss of Judas, or the kiss of peace?
The fundamental things apply.

Pleasure tells the whole truth, or the perfect lie,
The name on the passport may come as a surprise.
Play it Sam; Play As Time Goes By,

Since love leads to slavery or philosophy,
You must remember this.
The fundamental things apply.
Play it Sam; Play As Time Goes By.

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