Mark
I'll meet you at the show
I'll try to convince Roger to go
(Mark exits)

Angel
Live in my house
I'll be your shelter
Just pay me back
With one thousand kisses
Be my lover - I'll cover you

Collins
Open your door
I'll be your tenant
Don't got much baggage
To lay at your feet
But sweet kisses I've got to spare
I'll be there - I'll cover you

Both
I think they meant it
When they said you can't buy love
Now I know you can rent it
A new lease you are, my love,
On life - be my life
Just slip me on
I'll be your tenant
Wherever - whatever - I'll be your coat

Angel
You'll be my king
And I'll be your castle

Collins
No you'll be my queen
And I'll be your moat

Both
I think they meant it
When they said you can't buy love
Now I know you can rent it
A new lease you are, my love,
On life - all my life
I've longed to discover
Something as true as this is

Collins Angel
So with a thousand
sweet kisses If you're cold
I'll cover you And you're lonely
With a thousand
sweet kisses
I'll cover you You've got one nickel only
With a thousand sweet kisses
I'll cover you
When you're worn
out and tired With a thousand sweet kisses
I'll cover you
When your heart has
expired

Both
Oh lover I'll cover you
Oh lover I'll cover you


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    General CommentTo me, this song is just the ultimate, pure idealistic approach to love, and that's why it's great. Angel and Collins are both HIV positive, neither is sure just how much time they have left to live, and yet they love each other this earnestly. In most other shows, or as a standard pop song, this would be cheesy as hell, but because of the circumstances of the characters singing it it becomes beautiful and somewhat bittersweet.

    Extra Note: This song also seems significant to me because the love between Collins and Angel in Rent seems more realistic to me than most situations you ever see on stage or in movies, gay or straight. Angel's death is one of the only moments in theater/movies that has ever bought me close to tears.
    nightkite13on March 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyes. this song is really sweet. because you know that theyre both dying, and therefore the line:
    "I think they meant it
    When they said you can't buy love
    Now I know you can RENT it
    A new lease you are, my love"
    is so sad. because...they know theyre on borrowed time, which is why they can only rent love. but they appreciate the time more. its so sweet and sad...
    PRtwilight85on May 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti never thought of it that way and i never understood that im so glad you said that whole idea about renting love because they are on "borrowed time" but shit... i forgot my thought....oh right isn't everyone technically renting love.... b/c someones gonan die soon i mean its more time to "rent" if youre marrie and such but the fact that jsut because they KNOW they are both dieing does it make it any less than maureen and joanne renting love?? i feel very wrong and i still agree with both of u 1 0 0 %
    meerys74on January 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAngel and Collins have just met a little while ago, but their love is strong, because they truely believe No Day But Today. This song was great for me, I'm a total Angel x Collins fan. They know they've only got a while left to be on earth together, at any given point one could up and leave. They have to live life to the fullest, it's true love.
    AngelxCollinson January 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTHIS IS DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVORITE RENT SONGS EVER. im having it played at my wedding. this song is just the most perfect lovesong ever. angel and collins are saying that no matter what happens they will love each other, forever.. " when your heart has expired" as angel's does. collins loves her still, even after she moves on from here.
    to any passing FADon February 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI would have to say this IS my favorite "love" song. As nightkite13 was saying that this song would probably be considered cheesy if it were a pop song, I'd agree. But I am sure people would still love it. Its the perfect song for a couple who love each other. Whether their lacking good health, money or whatever. Just the meaning of the song.. Love is FREE. I don't know. But this is my favorite song. Am in love with it.
    Tushon March 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song kills me.
    i love it to death, but i hate how it's so cheery sounding, then if you really listen to the lyrics, and the foreshadowing...
    ahhh!
    why did angel have to die???
    this song is sooo cute.
    and ahhh. it makes me want to cry.
    penny_frescaon April 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song and I especially adore Wilson Jermaine Heredia's voice. I could listen to that beautiful tenor (with falsetto) all day long.

    It's so sweet and shows the devotion between Angel and Collins.
    RadinSpektoron June 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSimply one of the best songs ever. Period.
    The whole era of 1980s New York, AIDS, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, etc. is SO fascinating
    AIDS was such a tragedy.
    Yet, from this tragedy came the need to examine what matters in life.
    And when people realized this, and chose to LIVE as best as they could for as long as they had
    They set an example for all of us
    (like the line in La Vie Boheme where they sing "to living with, living with, living with... not dying from disease!)
    SO TRUE
    You always have to live with, not die from!
    Just like the Bob Dylan lyric: "He not busy being born is busy dying"
    This song is just such an uplifting statement!
    "There's only us, there's only this, forget regret, or life is yours to miss"
    The message of RENT is so vital.
    TheThornBirdson May 13, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"I think they meant it
    When they said you can't buy love
    Now I know you can rent it"

    I thought that meant that when you RENT something, you get something and give something back.
    or somethin.
    and angels death is the the only thing that have made me cry. over a movie that is. xd
    CaughtByNessieon August 02, 2010   Link

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