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Sisters of Mercy. Leonard Cohen.

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Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can’t go on.
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
Oh I hope you run into them, you who’ve been travelling so long.

  

Yes you who must leave everything that you cannot control.
It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul.
Well I’ve been where you’re hanging, I think I can see how you’re pinned.
When you’re not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you’ve sinned.

  

Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them.
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.

  

When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon.
Don’t turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon.
And you won’t make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night.
We weren’t lovers like that and besides it would still be all right.
We weren’t lovers like that and besides it would still be all right.

© Written by Leonard Cohen, Stranger Music Inc. (BMI).

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Hallelujah. Leonard Cohen / Sheryl Crow.

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah.
Hallelujah …
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew her
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah.
Hallelujah …
You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah.
Hallelujah …
I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah.
Hallelujah …


© Leonard Cohen, 1984

 

The Stranger Song. Leonard Cohen.

The Stranger Song. Leonard Cohen.

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It's true that all the men you knew were dealers
who said they were through with dealing
every time you gave them shelter.
I know that kind of man
It's hard to hold the hand of anyone
who is reaching for the sky just to surrender,
who is reaching for the sky just to surrender. 

And then sweeping up the jokers that he left behind
you find he did not leave you very much not even laughter.
Like any dealer he was watching for the card
that is so high and wild
he'll never need to deal another.
He was just some Joseph looking for a manger.
He was just some Joseph looking for a manger. 

And then leaning on your window sill
he'll say one day you caused his will
to weaken with your love and warmth and shelter.
And then taking from his wallet
an old schedule of trains, he'll say:
"I told you when I came I was a stranger".
"I told you when I came I was a stranger".

But now another stranger seems
to want you to ignore his dreams
as though they were the burden of some other
O you've seen that man before
his golden arm dispatching cards
but now it's rusted from the elbows to the finger
and he wants to trade the game he plays for shelter.
Yes he wants to trade the game he knows for shelter. 

Ah you hate to see another tired man
lay down his hand
like he was giving up the holy game of poker.
And while he talks his dreams to sleep
you notice there's a highway
that is curling up like smoke above his shoulder.
It is curling just like smoke above his shoulder. 

You tell him to come in sit down
but something makes you turn around.
The door is open you can't close your shelter.
You try the handle of the road
It opens do not be afraid.
It's you my love, you who are the stranger.
It's you my love, you who are the stranger. 

"Well, I've been waiting, I was sure
we'd meet between the trains we're waiting for
I think it's time to board another.
Please understand, I never had a secret chart
to get me to the heart of this
or any other matter".
When he talks like this you don't know what he's after.
When he speaks like this you don't know what he's after. 

"Let's meet tomorrow if you choose
upon the shore, beneath the bridge
that they are building on some endless river".
Then he leaves the platform
for the sleeping car that's warm.
You realize, he's only advertising one more shelter.
And it comes to you, he never was a stranger.
And you say ok the bridge or someplace later. 

And then sweeping up the jokers that he left behind
you find he did not leave you very much not even laughter.
Like any dealer he was watching for the card
that is so high and wild
he'll never need to deal another.
He was just some Joseph looking for a manger.
He was just some Joseph looking for a manger. 

And then leaning on your window sill
he'll say one day you caused his will
to weaken with your love and warmth and shelter.
And then taking from his wallet
an old schedule of trains, he'll say:
"I told you when I came I was a stranger".
"I told you when I came I was a stranger".
 

L.P. "Songs of Leonard Cohen", 1967.
Written by Leonard Cohen, Project Seven Music (BMI)

First We Take Manhattan. Leonard Cohen, 1988.

First We Take Manhattan. Leonard Cohen, 1988.

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They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

I'm guided by a signal in the heavens
I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin
I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

I'd really like to live beside you, baby
I love your body and your spirit and your clothes
But you see that line there moving through the station?
I told you, I told you, told you, I was one of those

Ah you loved me as a loser, but now you're worried that I just might win
You know the way to stop me, but you don't have the discipline
How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

I don't like your fashion business mister
And I don't like these drugs that keep you thin
I don't like what happened to my sister
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

I'd really like to live beside you, baby ...

And I thank you for those items that you sent me
The monkey and the plywood violin
I practiced every night, now I'm ready
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

I am guided

Ah remember me, I used to live for music
Remember me, I brought your groceries in
Well it's fathers day and everybody's wounded
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

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Dance Me To The End Of Love. Leonard Cohen.

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Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love.

Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love.
      
Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We're both of us beneath our love, we're both of us above
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love.
      
Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love.
      
Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love.

Tonight will be fine. Leonard Cohen (Songs from a Room, 1969).

Tonight will be fine. Leonard Cohen (Songs from a Room, 1969).

Sometimes I find
I get to thinking of the past,
We swore to each other then
That our love would surely last
You kept right on loving
I went on a fast
Now I am too thin
And your love is too vast.

But I know from your eyes
And I know from your smile
That tonight will be fine, will be fine
Will be fine, will be fine for a while.

I choose the rooms
That I live in with care,
The windows are small
And the walls must be bare
There's only one bed
And there's only one prayer
And I listen all night
For your step on the stair.

But I know from your eyes
And I know from your smile
That tonight will be fine, will be fine
Will be fine, will be fine for a while.

Sometimes I see her
Undressing for me,
She's the soft naked lady
Love meant her to be
And she's moving her body
So brave and so free.
If I've got to remember
That's fine memory.

But I know from your eyes
And I know from your smile
That tonight will be fine, will be fine
Will be fine, will be fine for a while.

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