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No. 24 - Extra Song - Nan and Chorus - "I Can Laugh, I Can Love."

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Nan: The world was not for pain,
Not for remorse;
But though we strive in vain,
Grief will run its course.
For me no cloud shall come my way,
The sun alone shall fill the day,
A reckless, glorious game I mean to play.
Then hey! for a life of bewildering madness!
All that the frenzy of pleasure can give;
Ah! fling to the wind ev'ry shadow of sadness,
Give me the earth, steep me in mirth,
So I shall love,
I shall laugh, I shall live!
Chorus: Hey! for a life of bewildering madness!
All that the frenzy of pleasure can give;
Ah! fling to the wind ev'ry shadow of sadness,
Give me the earth, steep me in mirth,
So I shall love,
I shall laugh, I shall live!
   
Nan: Our life is short (and man a poor conceit).
So let's do all we can to render it sweet.
If trouble comes, as trouble will,
We'll gladly see it through, but still
I'd sooner far that the piper paid the bill!
Then hey! for a life of bewildering madness!
All that the frenzy of pleasure can give;
Ah! fling to the wind ev'ry shadow of sadness,
Give me the earth, steep me in mirth,
So I shall love,
I shall laugh, I shall live!
Chorus: Hey! for a life of bewildering madness!
All that the frenzy of pleasure can give;
Ah! fling to the wind ev'ry shadow of sadness,
Give me the earth, steep me in mirth,
So I shall love,
I shall laugh, I shall live!

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