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Maureen:
Every single day,
I walk down the street
I hear people say "Baby" so sweet!
Ever since puberty
Everybody stares at me,
Boys, girls I can't help it, baby.
So be kind, and 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!

Maureen:
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 honey bear are you still my, my, my baby?"
Joanne:
Don't you dare!

Maureen:
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 loose your head,
'Cause every night who's in your bed?
Who? Who's in your bed?
Spoken: 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, 'cause this girl satisfies,
You got a prize, so don't compromise
You're one lucky baby!

Joanne: 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!

Chorus:
Both: Take me for what I am
Joanne: Who I was meant to be
Maureen: Who I was meant to be
And, if you give a damn
Joanne: and if you give a damn you better
Take me baby, (Maureen Spoken: Oh take me baby! )or leave me
Maureen: take me or leave me
Both: Take me baby, or leave me
Spoken: Guess I'm leaving, I'm gone!



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    UnregisteredJun 10, 2012 at 5:33 am
    The songs means to me is to appect the person you love for who they arw ns dont tr to change them since you fall in love with who they are.
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    caseyy9669May 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm
    this song is probablly my favorite off of rent.
    i song it in karoke,it was a gag.
    but it upsets me when they brake upp...
    ♥ Caseyyy
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    love23Aug 8, 2008 at 8:50 pm
    this song is about them and how maureen is always getting "check out" and joanne is kind of thinking that she's gonna leave but that's not the case because maureen will never do that she just wants to be let out once in a while and just take her for who is
    that's what every one should do

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