The night is bitter
The stars have lost their glitter
The winds grow colder
Suddenly you're older
And all because of the man that got away

No more his eager call
The writings on the wall
The dreams you dreamed have all
Gone astray

The man that won you
Has run off and undone you
That great beginning
Has seen the final inning
Don't know what happened
It's all a crazy game

No more that all-time thrill
For you've been through the mill
And never a new love will
Be the same

Good riddance, goodbye
Every trick of his you're on to
But, fools will be fools
And where's he gone to?

The road gets rougher
It's lonelier and tougher
With hope you burn up
Tomorrow he will turn up
There's just no letup the live-long night and day

Ever since this world began
There is nothing sadder than
A one-man woman looking for
The man that got away
The man that got away

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The Man That Got Away Lyrics as written by Ira Gershwin Harold Arlen

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  • +1
    Song Meaning
    I think this song kind of explains himself, She obviously wrote the song of an ex- husband, or boyfriend or even lover.
    BigPoppa1983on January 27, 2020   Link
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    General Comment
    "run off and undone you"
    tesstigermilkon June 19, 2012   Link

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