Because I Liked You Better

Because I Liked You Better is the sixth song from Jake Heggie's song cycle Here and Gone. The original text was written by A.E. Housman, a British author and poet.

Date: 2005Composer: Jake HeggieText: A. E. HousmanSong Collection: Here and Gone

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“Because I Liked You Better” by A.E. Housman


Because I liked you better

Than suits a man to say,

It irked you, and I promised

To throw the thought away.


To put the world between us

We parted, stiff and dry;

“Good-bye,” said you, “forget me.” ”

I will, no fear,” said I.


If here, where clover whitens

The dead man’s knoll, you pass,

And no tall flower to meet you

Starts in the trefoiled grass,


Halt by the headstone naming

The heart no longer stirred,

And say the lad that loved you

Was one that kept his word.


Passing By

(Raymond Carver, Jake Heggie, A. E. Housman, Vachel Lindsay and Edna St. Vincent Millay)


Sheet Music

Here and Gone

Composer(s): Heggie, Jake

Song(s): The Farms of Home, In Praise of Songs that Die, Stars, The Factory Window Song, In the Morning, Because I Liked You Better, The Half-Moon Westers Low

Voice Type: Tenor and Baritone

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