The choice was mine and mine completely
I could have any prize that I desired
I could burn with the splendor of the brightest fire
Or else or else I could choose time
Remember I was very young then
And a year was forever and a day
So what use could fifty, sixty, seventy be?
I saw the lights and I was on my way
And how I lived! How they shone!
But how soon the lights were gone!

The choice was yours and no one else's
You can cry for a body in despair
Hang your head because she is no longer there
To shine, or dazzle, or betray
How she lived, how she shone
But how soon the lights were gone

(Eyes, hair, face, image
All must be preserved
Still life displayed forever
No less than she deserved)


Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
Produced by Nigel Wright, Alan Parker, Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Caddick
Vocals by Madonna and Antonio Banderas



Lament @ Re-Invention TourIn the movie, Evita sings this song on her death bed. On the Re-Invention tour Madonna sings her death song when she's put in the electric chair after Die Another Day. This beautiful rendition proves Madonna's much improved vocal skills and the contrast with the heavy dance routine of Die Another Day makes this performance a special highlight of the show.

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