The tenderness and the verve, the slovenliness and the finesse.
Don't Cry for Me, Argentina, a song from the Evita (musical), which is about the the Argentina actress turned politician Eva Perón (1919 – 1952).
It won't be easy, you'll think it strange When I try to explain how I feel That I still need your love after all that I've done You won't believe me All you will see is a girl you once knew Although she's dressed up to the nines At sixes and sevens with you I had to let it happen, I had to change Couldn't stay all my life down at heel Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun So I chose freedom Running around, trying everything new But nothing impressed me at all I never expected it to Don't cry for me Argentina The truth is I never left you All through my wild days My mad existence I kept my promise Don't keep your distance And as for fortune, and as for fame I never invited them in Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired They are illusions They are not the solutions they promised to be The answer was here all the time I love you and hope you love me Don't cry for me Argentina Have I said too much? There's nothing more I can think of to say to you. But all you have to do is look at me to know That every word is true
The melancholy, loving quality of this song is similar to ABBA's Fernando, and Chinese songs 花样的年华 (Age of Blossom), 《天涯歌女》 (The Wandering Songstress) and Can You Trust Women?. The uncompromising and aloof tone of this song can be seen also in: Björk's Unison and Madonna's Like It or Not.
(thanks to Leslie Danks in alt.usage.english for helping on the idioms.)