“If You Go Away” – ROD MCKUEN/JACQUES BREL – Song Lyric Sunday – July 18, 2021

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“If You Go Away” is an adaptation of the 1959 Jacques Brel song “Ne me quitte pas” with English lyrics by Rod McKuen.

“If You Go Away” is considered a pop standard and has been recorded by many artists.

Rod McKuen is an American poet, songwriter, composer, and singer. He was one of the best-selling poets in the United States during the late 1960s. Throughout his career, McKuen produced a wide range of recordings, which included popular music, spoken word poetry, film soundtracks, and classical music. He earned two Oscar nominations and one Pulitzer nomination for his serious music compositions. McKuen’s translations and adaptations of the songs of Jacques Brel were instrumental in bringing the Belgian songwriter to prominence in the English-speaking world. His poetry dealt with…

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