BENNY ANDERSSON lyrics - Mountain Duet

BENNY ANDERSSON
"Mountain Duet"
(Benny Andersson / Tim Rice / Bjorn Ulvaeus)

[FLORENCE:]
This is the one situation I wanted most to avoid
Nothing I say will convince him it isn't a trick

[THE RUSSIAN:]
A drink on a clear moonlit night
I relax, she smiles
There's something unpleasant going on

[FLORENCE:]
So with immaculate timing, I'm left to carry the can
Embarrassed, outnumbered, marooned

[THE RUSSIAN:]
Now she can't be working for them
I mean us
She seems so very straightforward
But where is he?

[FLORENCE:]
He has to come back
He wanted this meeting
Well didn't he?

[THE RUSSIAN:]
Maybe he's scared
Just as scared as he was in the game

[FLORENCE:]
Oh, I just couldn't care less
He can go right ahead, go and wreck his career
I know I've done my best

[THE RUSSIAN:]
Well, at least she's a good-looking spy

[FLORENCE:]
What if my Russian friend thinks that my plans
Are more of an intimate kind?
If I don't say something and soon
He'll go
Nobody's on nobody's side

[THE RUSSIAN:]
Listen, I hate to break up the mood
Get to the point, begin the beguine
Haven't you noticed we're a protagonist short
In this idyllic, well-produced scene?

[FLORENCE:]
All I can say is moments ago
He was right here, ready and waiting

[THE RUSSIAN:]
Never mind him
I haven't missed him so far

[FLORENCE/THE RUSSIAN:]
Maybe it won't do any harm
To struggle on without his charm?
Funny how all at once I feel
That he can go jump off the mountain, I won't care

[FLORENCE:]
This is the one situation I wanted most to avoid

[THE RUSSIAN:]
My dear opponent
I really can't imagine why

[FLORENCE:]
So I am not dangerous then?
What a shame

[THE RUSSIAN:]
Oh, you're not dangerous
Who could think that of you?

[FLORENCE/THE RUSSIAN:]
You, you are so strange
Why can't you be what you ought to be?
You should be scheming, intriguing, too clever by half

[THE RUSSIAN:]
I have to hand it to you
For you've managed to make me forget why I ever agreed to this farce

[FLORENCE/THE RUSSIAN:]
I don't know why I can't think of anything
I would rather do
Than be wasting my time
On mountains with you