Take Me or Leave Me Lyrics

1996 Broadway
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MAUREEN:
Every single day
I walk down the street
I hear people say,
"Baby's so sweet"
Ever since puberty
Everybody stares at me
Boys, girls -
I can't can't help it baby
So be kind
Don't lose your mind
Just remember that I'm your baby
Take me for what I am
Who I was meant to be
And if you give a damn
Take me baby or leave me
Take me baby or leave me
A tiger in a cage
Can never see the sun
This diva needs her stage
Baby - let's have fun!
You are the one I choose
Folks would kill to fill your shoes
You love the limelight too, now baby
So be mine
And don't waste my time
Cryin' - "Oh Honeybear - are you still my baby?"
Take me for what I am
Who I was meant to be
And if you give a damn
Take me baby or leave me
No way - can I be what I'm not
But hey - don't you want your girl hot!
Don't fight - don't lose your head
Cause every night - who's in your bed?
Who's in your bed, baby?
Kiss Pookie

JOANNE:
It won't work.
I look before I leap
I love margins and discipline
I make lists in my sleep
Baby what's my sin?
Never quit - I follow through
I hate mess - but I love you
What to do
With my impromptu baby
So be wise
This girl satisfies
You've got a prize
But don't compromise
You're one lucky baby
Take me for what I am

MAUREEN:
A control freak

JOANNE:
Who I was meant to be

MAUREEN:
A snob - yet over-attentive

JOANNE:
And if you give a damn

MAUREEN:
A lovable, droll geek

JOANNE:
Take me baby or leave me

MAUREEN:
And anal retentive

BOTH:
That's it!

JOANNE:
The straw that breaks my back

BOTH:
I quit

JOANNE:
Unless you take it back

BOTH:
Women

MAUREEN:
What is it about them?

BOTH:
Can't live -
With them -
Or without them!
Take me for what I am
Who I was meant to be
And if you give a damn
Take me baby or leave me
Take me baby
Or leave me
Guess I'm leavin'
I'm gone!

[Thanks to Claire for lyrics]

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