How Long Must This Go On

"How Long Must This Go On?" is a short song sung by the Beast in the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast. The song was written by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.

The Beast, after spying on Belle with his mirror, learns that she despises him. Knowing that the task ahead of him, winning her love, will be a near hopeless endeavor, he sulks in his quarters, and curses his actions that led to his monstrous form.


Beast: How long must this go on?

This cruel trick of fate?

I simply made one careless wrong decision

And then the witch was gone

And left me in this state

An object of revulsion and derision


Is there no one

Who can show me

How to win the world's forgiveness?

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