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"If I Can't Love Her" is a song sung by the Beast in the musical version of Beauty and the Beast and also the Act I Finale. Belle, frightened for her life after the Beast's violent tantrum over her intrusion in the West Wing, has fled the palace. The Beast aware of his potentially fatal mistake realizes that he will have to change his ways if he ever wishes to break his enchantment. The song is particularly famous for its spectacular element of the Beast standing on a balcony looking out to the starry night sky.


And in my twisted face,

There's not the slightest trace,

Of anything that even hints of kindness.

And from my tortured shape,

No comfort, no escape,

I see, but deep within is utter blindness.


As my dream dies,

As the time flies,

Love a lost illusion.



Cold and driven,

To this sad conclusion.

No beauty could move me,

No goodness improve me,

No power on earth, if I can't love her,

No passion could reach me,

No lesson could teach me.

How I could have loved her and make her love me too?

If I can't love her, then who?

Long ago I should have seen,

All the things I could have been,

Careless and unthinking, I moved onward.

No pain could be deeper,

No life could be cheaper,

No point anymore, if I can't love her.

No spirit could win me,

No hope left within me,

Hope I could have loved her and that she'd set me free -

But it's not to be.

If I can't love her,

Let thou world be done with me.


  • While the song was not in the film, an instrumental portion of the tune to the lyrics, "Long ago I should have seen/All the things I could have been," was used for the Prologue. It's also also when Belle sees the torn portrait of the Prince, Beast decides against killing Gaston and the spell is broken.

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