Modern Love Songs : Now You See It, Now You Don't
for voice and piano (1998)

Duration
3 min.

Premiere
14 April 1999
Thomas Young, tenor / Chester Biscardi, piano
An Evening of Words and Music, Zinsser Residence
New York, NY

Text
Lyrics by William Zinsser

Range
medium voice (original): B3 – D5
high voice: D#4 – F#5

Publisher
Biscardi Music Press No. B48-98-2 (available on request)
Classical Vocal Reprints:
High Voice No. CVR3618: Print / Digital
Medium Voice No. CVR3617:Print / Digital
Theodore Font Musical Literature, Inc.

Notes
NOW YOU SEE IT, NO YOU DON'T

Verse:

What happened during the night?
I don't understand.
Was it a magic act, was it sleight
   of hand?
Have I been some sorcerer's old fool.
Dazzled by the mirrors and smoke?
I loved magic as a child in school.
Funny, I no longer get the joke.

Chorus:

Now you see it, now you don't.
Pardon my confusion.
Yesterday
I was love's Exhibit A.
Was that an illusion?

Now you hear it, now you don't.
Do my ears deceive me?
Yesterday
I could hear somebody say
"Good morning" when I woke up.
It never crossed my mind that she [he] might leave me.

   Did some magician wave his wand
   When my back was turned?
   "Absence makes the heart grow fond"
   (They say).
   Try telling that
      to someone who's been burned.

Now you see it, now you don't.
The rabbit's been put back into the hat.
The show is over and I won't
   pretend to know how it was done.
I only know that it was so much quicker than the eye.
Can you see my love anywhere?
Neither can I.


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