Ayn Rand Writes Torch Songs -The Toast

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“All of Me”

All of me
How dare you try to take all of me
Can’t you see
I exist wholly, with unbreached self-esteem, without you

My lips are mine
How can I lose myself in you? I am still myself
My arms are my arms
Romantic love is a conscious expression of philosophy

Your goodbye
Left me with eyes that cry
But then I incorporated my own well-being into my hierarchy of values and acted accordingly

You took the part
That once was my heart
Love is not self-sacrifice, it is inherently selfish and I decline utterly any concept of love that does not take personal pleasure into account


“Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”

They asked me how I knew
My true love was true
I of course replied
Truth is the recognition of reality
Reason is man’s only means of knowledge
Reason is the only standard of truth

They said, some day you’ll find
All who love are blind
When your heart’s on fire
You must realize
Smoke gets in your eyes
This is excellent,
Cigarettes represent man’s mastery over fire
When you smoke, you tame fire
You hold lightning in your hands
Howard Roark smokes cigarettes and so do I

So I chaffed them, and I gaily laughed
To think they would doubt our love
And now today, my love has gone away
I am without my love
Yet what is freedom?
To ask nothing.
To expect nothing.
To depend on nothing.
My love left me,
but he could not take myself from me
I am neither richer nor poorer without him
Contradictions do not exist.


“Someone To Watch Over Me”

There’s a saying old, says that love is blind
in fact, a person’s sexual choice
is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions
Show me the person you sleep with and I will show you your philosophy of life
and your valuation of yourself
So I’m going to go seek a certain lad
I’ve had in mind
He is my equal and I want him to crush me.

Looking everywhere,
haven’t found him yet
He’s the big affair
I cannot forget
Only man I ever think of with regret
I am in love with the concept of integrity

I’d like to add his initial to my monogram
as a free choice only, never as a sign of ownership

There’s a somebody I’m longing to see.
I hope that he turns out to be
someone whose total and abject surrender permits me to celebrate myself

I’m a little lamb who’s lost in the wood
I know I could be always be good
To someone who sees a reflection of his deepest vision of himself in me

Although he may not be the man some girls think of as handsome,
sex is an expression of self-esteem

Won’t you tell him please to put on some speed,
follow my lead,
Oh, how I need
someone who’ll respond to my highest values


“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”

Tonight you’re mine completely
You give your love so sweetly
Tonight the light of love is in your eyes
Will you continue pursuing your long-term goals consistently and rationally tomorrow?

Is this a lasting treasure
Or just a moment’s pleasure?
Let us integrate the events of this evening with our actions, goals and values
Into our respective frameworks
If they happen to align
So much the better for us both

Tonight with words unspoken
And you say that I’m the only one
But I am an end in myself
Also, there is no “right” to economic security

I’d like to know that your love
Is love I can be sure of
If not, I will value your honesty
Love can never be demanded, only given
I will not demand promises of tomorrow
It is more important that you remain faithful to yourself
than to me

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