Leonard Cohen's
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by the river side
By the rivers dark
By the winds of change and the weeds of sex
By thinking not
Can he shoot from the hip
Can you tell me why the bells are ringing?
Can't seem to loosen my grip
Chances are I'll let you do most anything
changing from nothing to one
Child, you are a bone
Children have taken these pledges
Climb inside
Climbed out of the water
CLOSING TIME
come back to nothing special
Come on back if the moment lends
Come over to the window, my little darling
Comfort in the night
Coming back to you
coming round
Command of what, there's no one here
Compassion with the sting of iodine
Complain, complain, that's all you've done
Confined to sex, we pressed against
Coursing through the flesh
Cover up your face with soap, there
Crying, Papa, you promised to play
Cut down in your love
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in
Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
Dancing on a clock
Day-weary bats
Dealing with the fire and the earthquake
Dear Heather
Dear Lady; Queen of Solitude
declaring, declaring, declaring that your body's really you
deep in the green lilac park
delighting in your very company
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A
Destroy another fetus now
Did he dream, was it she
Did my singing please you?
did some harm
Did you confuse the Messiah in a mirror
Did you ever go clear?
Did you go crazy
dinner time a scalpel blade
Dissolves like a star falling down
Ditched on a beach
do I have to dance all night?
Do not choose a coward's explanation
Do not dress in those rags for me
do not leave me now
Do not say the moment was imagined
Do not stoop to strategies like this
Do you need his beast for the bone?
Do you need his labour for your baby?
Do you need to hold a leash to be a lady?
Do you really need his hands for your passion?
Do you really need his heart for your throne?
Do you remember all of those pledges
Do you want to be the ditch around a tower?
Do you want to be the moonlight in his cave?
Do you want to give your blessing to his power
Don't argue now you'll be late
Don't ask me how
Don't drink from that cup
Don't dwell on what
don't matter if it's steep
don't matter if the moon goes out
don't matter if the road is long
don't matter if we lose our way
don't matter what we gave away
Don't really have the courage
Don't really have the temperament
Don't really know who sent me
Don't turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon
don't you know it all the more enraptures me
down on your knees
Down the chain of command
down the snakes and up the ladder
Dragging its tail in the sea
Dreams of a letter's death
dress rehearsal rag
Dressed as Arab
Dressed as Jew
each man beneath his ordinary load
Eating food
Elsewhere is your feast of love
Enters his father's house
erased the final wisps of pain
especially from the back
Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows
Even in your arms I know
Even though she sleeps upon your satin
Even though she wakes you with a kiss
Even when you bend to give me
Ever since we lost
Every heart, every heart
Every time you gave them shelter
Everybody got this broken feeling
Everybody knows it's coming apart
Everybody knows that it's me or you
Everybody knows that it's moving fast
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you've been faithful
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the scene is dead
Everybody knows what you've been through
Everybody knows you've been discreet
Everybody knows, everybody knows
Everybody knows
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
Everywhere
Except for your wife
except the one that seems
except to compare
except to say it isn't worth a dime
Except what we forgot to do
except when she was sleeping
Exceptionally kind
Exquisite music. Alexandra laughing
Face to face
far past the stems of thumbtacks
Fare thee well my nightingale
Field Commander Cohen, he was our most important spy
finally I can breathe again
finally I can speak
Fingerprints, fingerprints
Fingerprints, oh fingerprints
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin
follow me the wise man said
for a lady who's been to the moon
For a pilgrim like you
for a while
For all of this
For all things
For crimes in the world
for even so I still remain your lover in captivity
For he's touched your perfect body with his mind
for I have loved you so long
for keeping me so close to thee
For making such a joke
For now I need your hidden love
For scavengers like me
For she's touched your perfect body with her mind
For sins against g-d
for something like a second
for something to happen
For such a lonely choice
For the beast we'll never cannot bind
For the Christ who has not risen
for the grace of God in the desert here
For the heart with no companion
for the high plateau
For the holy one dreams of a letter
For the innermost decision
For the millions in a prison
for the miracle, for the miracle to come
For the money and the flesh
For the mother in confusion
For the prima ballerina
For the seas you must swim
for the sleeping car that's warm
For the soul without a king
For the woman, the man
For these German paper-weights
for this ugly hump at which you stare
for treating me so well
For trying to change the system from within
for whatever you've done
For what's left of our religion
For your ribbons and bows
For you've touched her perfect body with your mind
Forced to kneel in the mud next to me
Forget your perfect offering
forgive me if I hate you
forgive me if I inquire
Forsaken, almost human
Four o'clock in the afternoon
Frankie Lane, he was singing Jezebel
Free as running water
Free as you and me
from a recent fall
From a window in the Tower of Song
From a withered limb
From breaking over here
From doing what I do
From his lonely wooden tower
From many a thorn, from many thickets
From Salvation Army counters
from the ashes of the gay
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
from the brave, the bold, the battered
From the caverns of the heart
from the fires of the homeless
from the homicidal bitchin'
From the latest hit
from the pawnshops of her wicked father
From the river dark
from the sirens night and day
from the staggering account
From the store room
From the wars against disorder
From the wells of disappointment
From the winter
From this broken hill
from those nights in Tiananmen Square
from your fingers and your thumb
from your hatred and from your love
Gentle this soul
Get my feet back on the ground
Get ready for the future
Get the breeze back on my body
gets me fumbling gets me laughing
getting lost in that hopeless little screen
Give me absolute control
Give me back my broken night
Give me back the Berlin wall
Give me Christ
Give me crack and anal sex
give me Stalin and St Paul
giving me head on the unmade bed
Go and stand with her
Go firmly to the window. Drink it in
go out and talk to a friend
God is afoot, God never died
God is afoot, magic is alive
God is alive, magic is afoot
God never sickened
God was always served
God was at their side
God was ruler
gone like the snow
Gonna heal this wound I'm speaking of
Goodnight, my darling, I hope you're satisfied
goodnight, my friends, goodnight
Great Babylon was naked, oh she stood there trembling for me
Green sleeves, it's so easily done
Green sleeves, there's no one home
Green sleeves, you're all alone
Guilty's too grand
Guys like me are mad for turtle meat
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah
hanging upside down
Hank Williams hasn't answered yet
Happened to me
Happened to your beauty
has crossed the threshold
has passed away
have been
Have I carved enough my Lord?
He asked me to say goodbye
He cannot take his child
he does not ask for your company
he drowned himself in the pool
He fumbled for my hand
he hung the ashes of her wedding dress
he knew I would not hide
he longs for the same
he looked once behind his shoulder
He offered her an orgy in a many mirrored room
He promised her protection for the issue of her womb
he said to me, "You must not ask for so much."
He said "All men will be sailors then
He said, Try to go on
He said, "I locked you in this body
He said, "I've had a vision
He said, "Listen to me, child
He said, "Listen, listen to me now
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
He says, "Yes, I might go to sleep
He stands where it is steep
He taught that the duty of lovers
he took the dust of Joan of Arc
he tracks her all day
he tracks her all night
he trained a hundred women just to kill an unborn child
He tried to make a final stand beside the railway track
he was eating up a lady where the lions and Christians fight
He was just a numberless man in a chair
He was just some Joseph looking for a manger
he was slaughtering a lamb
He was starving in some deep mystery
heart of Chevrolet
Hello, my love
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
Her cradle still unfilled
her father was on trial
her features covered by her fallen gown
Her fingers, like a weaver's
her hair the black that black can go
her hair the gold that gold can be
Her naked body
Her nakedness unmanned
Her star beyond my order
Here come's your bride with her veil on
Here I stand
Here is your cart
Here is your cross
Here is your crown
Here is your sickness
Here is your wine
Hey, Prince, you need a shave
Hey, that's no way to say goodbye
he'd recently taken of you
he'll never need to deal another
he'll say one day you caused his will
He's deep in the forest so wild
his blue eyes they were shining
His body is a golden string
His body is gone but back here on the lawn
His darling, his stray
his golden arm dispatching cards
his hand upon his leather belt now
his heart with their song
his injury here
his lips and his fingers were blue
His mare's run away
His muscles they were numbered and his style was obsolete
his ships they're all on fire
his spirit continues to drool
Hold on, hold on, my brother
How can I leave you in such a house?
how come the night is long?
How come you bother with my heart at all?
How come you bother
How come you called me here tonight?
how else can I put it
How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin
How many times did you call me
How much do these suppers cost?
how near you sleep to me
Hungry as an archway
Hurt once and for all into silence
I accused him there
I ache in the places where I used to play
I always knew
I am guided
I am so afraid that I listen to you
I am spoken for
I am the distance you put between
I am what I am
I applaud the actions of the chief
I asked her to hold me, I said, "Lady, unfold me
I asked my father
I asked you if a man could be forgiven
I ate and ate and ate
I balance on a wishing well that all men call the world
I believe that you heard your master sing
I belonged at last
I bet my life on you
I bite my lip
I blessed our remnant fleet
I built my house beside the wood
I buy what I'm told
I call it service
I came by myself to a very crowded place
I came so far for beauty
I came through alone
I came upon a butcher
I came upon a wedding that old families had contrived
I can make it that far
I can no longer hear you
I can take a breath at last
I cannot do another one
I cannot follow you, my love
I can't buy it anymore
I can't forget but I don't remember what
I can't forget but I don't remember who
I can't keep track of each fallen robin
I can't pretend I still feel very much like singing
I can't pretend I'm not
I can't repair
I can't run no more
I can't say much has happened since
I can't turn the other cheek
I changed my clothes to black
I changed my style to silver
I cheat and I lie
I choose the rooms that I live in with care
I closed the book on us, at least a hundred times
I could hear my lady calling
I could not move to warn all the younger soldiers
I could not walk at all
I could teach him something new
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I cried, "Oh, Lady Midnight, I fear that you grow old
I did my best, it wasn't much
I did not know
I didn't even know there was a war
I didn't even think that you'd accept
I didn't see the time
I didn't think the moon would mind at all
I didn't think
I do enjoy you, Miss
I do what I have to do
I don't claim to be guilty
I don't even know the name
I don't even know what side
I don't know how the river got so wide
I don't know why I come here
I don't like what happened to my sister
I don't like your fashion business mister
I don't mean to suggest that I loved you the best
I don't need to be forgiven for loving you so much
I don't trust my inner feelings
I dreamed about you, baby
I even heard the angels declare it from above
I fell with my angel
I felt so good I couldn't feel a thing
I finally broke into the prison
I finally got my orders
I follow my father's trade
I forget to pray for the angels
I fought against the bottle
I fought in the old revolution
I found her there but she was past all concern
I found my place in the chain
I freeze with fear
I gave to one and all
I gave you my address
I get it now
I go round and round
I got ready for the struggle
I got this old address
I got this rig that runs on memories
I got you way down deep
I greet you from the other side
I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
I guess they won't exchange the gifts
I guess you go for nothing if you really want to go that far
I had to practice it while everybody slept
I have begun to ask for you
I have begun to long for you
I have entered under this dark roof
I have saved all my ribbons for thee
I have torn everyone who reached out for me
I have tried in my way to be free
I haven't been this happy
I hear that you're building your little house deep in the desert
I heard of a saint who had loved you
I heard that love was out of my control
I heard the story long ago
I heard them say
I held you til you learned to walk on air
I hope that you can just let it go by
I hope you know it was never to you
I hoped that you would come
I journey down the hundred steps
I just want to hold you
I kiss her open mouth and I praise her beauty
I kissed her lips as though I thirsted still
I knelt there like one who believes
I knew her, I knew her
I knew the words of every song
I know ... where long ago we agreed to keep it light
I know I said I'd meet you
I know it must have hurt you
I know it's true
I know I'm not your lover
I know that I'm dealing with
I know that I'm forgiven
I know that kind of man
I know that you have suffered, lad
I know this love is real
I know we're gonna meet
I know what that's about
I know you are not poor
I know you need your sleep now
I know you really loved me
I know your life's been hard
I know you're going to make, make it on your own
I know you're hungry, I can hear it in your voice
I know you've heard it's over now and war must surely come
I lay here with one
I learned that love was out of my control
I learned this step a while ago
I leave the lady meditating
I left a wife in Tennessee
I left a woman waiting
I left everybody
I left so much behind
I lie in her arms and says, When I'm gone
I lift my voice and pray
I like you Mademoiselle
I listen all night for your step on the stair
I listened to your kisses at the door
I lit a thin green candle, to make you jealous of me
I live my life
I lived alone but I was only
I lived but to be near you
I lived my life
I look before I leap
I looked for you in everyone
I lost my job forever
I love the country but I can't stand the scene
I love to see you naked over there
I love to see you sitting there upon your throne
I love you now there's nothing left
I love you without caring whom you love
I love you, without caring whom you love
I love your body and your spirit and your clothes
I loved you baby, way back when
I loved you for a long, long time
I loved you for your beauty
I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm
I loved you when our love was blessed
I loved your master perfectly
I made it to the forward deck
I make my plans
I mean is this what you wanted
I meant it as a kind of trial
I met a girl across the sea
I met a lady, she was playing with her soldiers in the dark
I met a man who lost his mind
I met a woman long ago
I met her sometime later
I miss you since the place got wrecked
I must do what I've been told
I must keep locked away in my head
I myself am the pedestal
I need to see you naked
I need you to carry my children in
I need you, I don't need you
I need you, (2), (3)
I needed so much
I needed you, I knew I was in danger
I never asked but I heard you cast your lot along with the poor
I never could decide
I never even knew how much I wanted you," she said
I never heard the world so clear before
I never never turned aside," he said
I never said that I was brave
I never thought we'd meet
I never walked away
I panicked on
I pinned an Iron Cross to my lapel
I pinned them to my shirt
I practiced all my sainthood
I practiced every night, now I'm ready
I put it into my arm
I raise my arm against it all and I catch the bride's bouquet
I reached for you but you were gone
I remember the promise
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
I remember you
I risked my life, but not to hear
I said all my faith to see
I said I'd be your lover
I said there'd been a flood
I said there's nothing left
I said this can't be me
I said to Hank Williams: how lonely does it get?
I said to myself, "Where are you golden boy
I said "won't you let me see
I said, Look, you don't know me now but very soon you will
I said, Mother I'm frightened
I said, "Father change my name
I sang my songs, I told my lies
I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch
I saw her wince, I saw her cry
I saw some flowers growing up
I saw the glory in her eye
I saw there were no oceans left
I saw you this morning
I see every single angle
I see it clear
I see my life
I see you in the subway and I see you on the bus
I see you lying down with me, I see you waking up
I see you standing on the other side
I see your hand, I see your hair
I see you've gone and changed your name again
I set out one night
I shall abide until
I showed my heart to the doctor: he said I just have to quit
I sing this for the army
I sing this for the crickets
I sing this for your children
I sleep beneath the golden hill
I smile when I'm angry
I smoked a cigarette
I spent my hatred everyplace
I spread my legs apart
I stand in ruins behind you
I stayed seventeen
I stood there with my ear against the wall
I stormed the old casino
I stumbled out of bed
I suppose that he froze when the wind took your clothes
I suppose that he told you everything
I swear it happened just like this
I swept the marble chambers
I taught him all that he knew
I thank you with my heart
I think it's time to board another
I think she fell in love for us
I thought it was there for good so I never tried
I thought I'd be rewarded
I thought was mine
I thought you knew where
I thought you were a racing man
I thought you were the crown prince
I tidied up the kitchenette
I told my mother "Mother I must leave you
I told you when I came I was a stranger
I told you, I told you, told you, I was one of those
I took to religion
I touch her here and there -- I know my place
I touched you once too often
I tried to answer truthfully
I tried to leave you, I don't deny
I tried to love you my way
I tuned the old banjo
I undid your gown
I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy
I waited half my life away
I waited half my life for you, you know
I walk the streets
I walked into a hospital
I walked into this empty church I had no place else to go
I walked up to the tallest and the blondest girl
I wander with you in my sleep
I wandered on
I wanna put my light things on
I wanna put my winter life away
I want a face that's fair this time
I want a spirit that is calm
I want the kind of work I had before
I want the sand out there to lie on
I want those peaches on the table
I want to cross over, I want to go home
I want to thank you, Joan of Arc
I wanted the night to go on and on
I was born in a beauty salon
I was born like this, I had no choice
I was born with the gift of a golden voice
I was counted with the dead
I was dead and I could never return
I was dying when we met
I was embraced by men
I was handsome I was strong
I was healed and my heart
I was in that army, yes I stayed a little while
I was just a tourist in your bed looking
I was looking for someone who had lines in her face
I was Mr. Clean
I was never any good at coming
I was never any good at loving you
I was never any good
I was nine years old
I was not seized by jealousy at all
I was pretty good at taking out the garbage
I was pretty good at taking out
I was Rin Tin Tin
I was running, he was walking
I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control
I was Steve McQueen
I was the dirty little boy
I was the money lender
I was the morning after
I was the very reverend Freud
I was there for you
I was Vaseline
I was walking down the street
I went down to the place
I who have no greed
I who have no need
I will ask for the mercy that you love to decline
I will go
I will help you if I can
I will help you if I must
I will kill you if I can
I will kill you if I must
I will make it all up to thee
I will never hold a woman this close
I will sing to you
I will speak no more
I will steer for you
I will step into the ring for you
I will surrender there
I wonder what they meant
I won't take you to court
I would like to try your charity
I wouldn't know
I wouldn't, I wouldn't even try
if he was fire, oh then she must be wood
If I forget
If I, if I have been unkind
If I, if I have been untrue
If it be your will
If it's not the Crucifixion
If I've got to remember that's a fine memory
If the moon has a sister
If there is a choice
If we cry now," she said, "it will just be ignored
If you and I are one
If you ever come by here, for Jane or for me
If you should ever track me down
If you want a boxer
If you want a driver
If you want a father for your child
If you want a lover
If you want a partner
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
If you're squeezed for information
imperial, mysterious
In a cry filled with footsteps and sand
In a dream of Hungarian lanterns
in a fundamental way
In a massacre
In a wounded dawn
in amorous array
in Babylon
in city and in forest they smiled like me and you
In every style of passion
In every word
In fact a burden lifted from my soul
In formless circumstance
In full command of every plan you wrecked
In full review
in lonely secrecy
In love we disappear
In My Secret Life
in nineteen sixty one
In our rags of light
In solemn moments such as this I have put my trust
In some hallways where love's never been
in some lost place I had to find
In streams of light I clearly saw
in the arms of other men
In the arms of the high holy one
In the cave at the tip of the lily
in the clothes of a woman I would like to forgive
In the heart of your son
in the highest tree
In the hollow of the night
In the House of Honesty
in the House of Mystery
In the middle of the night
In the mist of some sweet afternoon
In the name of something new
in the panic of loss
In the quicksand and the clay
in the rings of her silk, in the hinge of her thighs
in the sweet mountain grass
In the Tower of Song
in the trees
In their busy lives
In their different ways
In their rags of light
in this very room where I have sentenced
In your body and your thought
in your culture
In your daughter's heart
Inner feelings come and go
Into the Masterpiece
into the mess that scalpels make
Into this furnace I ask you now to venture
is at ease
Is back on Boogie Street
is fastening my ankle to a stone
Is it true you betrayed us? The answer is Yes
Is my passion perfect?
is neither starved nor cold
Is this what you wanted
is to tarnish the golden rule
It all was done
It all went wrong
It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul
it came to me this morning
It cannot come to harm
It comes like windows breaking
It comes so sweet
it covered up my soul
It did some good
It doesn't matter which you heard
It don't matter how it all went wrong
it don't matter how you worship
It feels like I've been rescued
It feels so good