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Take Me or Leave Me is a duet sung by Maureen Johnson and Joanne Jefferson. While trying to rehearse, Maureen and Joanne start arguing and give each other the ultimatum to make amends or leave. In the movie version, they sing it in Maureen and Joanne's engagement party after Joanne caught Maureen flirting with a girl.

LyricsEdit

Maureen
Every single day
I walk down the street
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I hear people say,
"Baby so sweet"
Ever since puberty

Everybody stares at me
Boys - girls
I can't can't help it baby
So be kind
and don't lose your mind just remember that I'm your baby

Take me for what I am
Who I was meant to be (a whore)
And if you give a damn
Take me baby or leave me
Take me baby or leave me

A tiger in a cage
Can never see the sun
This diva needs her stage
Baby - let's have fun!
You are the one I choose
Folks'd kill to fill your shoes
You love the limelight too, now baby
So be mine
and don't waste my time
Cryin' - "Honeybear - are you still my my my baby?"

Take me for what I am
Who I was meant to be
And if you give a damn
Take with me baby or leave me

No way - can I be what I'm not
But hey - don't you want your girl hot!
Don't fight - don't lose your head
Cause every night - who's in your bed?
Who's in your bed, baby?
Kiss, Pookie.

Joanne
It won't work.
I look before I leap
I love margins and discipline I make lists in my sleep
Baby what's my sin?
Never quit - I follow through
I hate mess - but I love you
What to do
With my impromptu baby
So be wise
This girl satisfies
You've got a prize
But don't compromise
You're one lucky baby
Take me for what I am

Maureen
A control freak

Joanne
Who I was meant to be

Maureen
A snob-yet over-attentive

Joanne
And if you give a damn

Maureen
A loveable droll geek

Joanne
Take me baby or leave me

Maureen
And anal retentive

Both
That's it!

Joanne
The straw that breaks my back

Both I quit

Joanne
Unless you take me back

Both
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Tracie Thoms (Joanne) and Eden Espinosa (Maureen)

 Women

Maureen
What is it about them?

Both
Can't live -
With them -
Or without them!

Take me for what I am
Who I was meant to be
And if you give a damn
Take me baby or leave me
Takes me baby
Or leave me
Guess I'm leavin'
I'm gone!

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