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Beauty and the Beast Broadway OST - 13 - If I Can't Love Her04:12

Beauty and the Beast Broadway OST - 13 - If I Can't Love Her

Beauty and the Beast Broadway OST - 19 - If I Can't Love Her (Reprise)01:41

Beauty and the Beast Broadway OST - 19 - If I Can't Love Her (Reprise)

"If I Can't Love Her" is a song sung by the Beast in the musical version of Beauty and the Beast and also the Act I Finale. Belle, frightened for her life after the Beast's violent tantrum over her intrusion in the West Wing, has fled the palace. The Beast aware of his potentially fatal mistake realizes that he will have to change his ways if he ever wishes to break his enchantment. The song is particularly famous for its spectacular element of the Beast standing on a balcony looking out to the starry night sky. The Reprise is sung when the Beast lets Belle go to save her father who is lost in the woods, and he realizes he's lost hope of her falling for him.

Lyrics Edit

Beast: And in my twisted face

There's not the slightest trace

Of anything that even hints of kindness

And from my tortured shape

No comfort, no escape

I see, but deep within is utter blindness

Hopeless

As my dream dies

As the time flies

Love a lost illusion

Helpless

Unforgiven

Cold and driven

To this sad conclusion

No beauty could move me

No goodness improve me

No power on earth, if I can't love her

No passion could reach me

No lesson could teach me

How I could have loved her and make her love me too

If I can't love her, then who?

Long ago I should have seen

All the things I could have been

Careless and unthinking, I moved onward

No pain could be deeper

No life could be cheaper

No point anymore, if I can't love her

No spirit could win me

No hope left within me

Hope I could have loved her and that she'd set me free

But it's not to be

If I can't love her

Let thou world be done with me.

Reprise Lyrics Edit

No pain could be deeper

No life could be cheaper

No point anymore, if she can't love him

No hope she would do so

No dream to pursue so

I look to myself despite all the things I see

For I know that she

Cannot set me free

Let the world be done with me.

Singers Edit

  • The Beast(Beauty and the Beast on Broadway)
  • Jacko(Reprise version only)(MCF: The Pumpkin Singer)

Trivia Edit

  • While the song was not in the film, an instrumental portion of the tune to the lyrics, "Long ago I should have seen/All the things I could have been," was used for the introduction and heard briefly during the final battle when Beast was about to kill Gaston, but then realized was a bad idea.
  • Orignally, the authoress, Detective88, wanted to use the full version in "MCF: The Pumpkin Singer", but she knew it would take up time, but she kept the reprise in to bring emotion to the story and to show a bit of Jacko's development.

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