Leonard Cohen's
Lyrics
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That's right, it's come to this
that's when you've got to play it dumb
The age of lust is giving birth, and both the parents ask
The baby's crying, so you do not go outside
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
The beast won't go to sleep
the bed is kind of narrow, but my arms are open wide
The birds they sang
the birth betrayed
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
The blood, the soil, the faith
The broken-hearted few
The broken-hearted many
The Cadillacs go creeping now through the night and the poison gas
The cat's curled asleep in his chair
The chain's too tight
The children come, the children go
the cities they are broke in half and the middle men are gone
The club, the wheel, the mind
the cradle of the best and of the worst
The cripple here that you clothe and feed
the crumbs of love that you offer me
The doctors working day and night
The door is open you can't close your shelter
The door it opened slowly
the dove is never free
The dust you seldom see
the fiddler fiddles something so sublime
The file on you complete
The fire give up to the sun
The flecks did float and dance
The forest closes 'round you
The fourth, the fifth
the garbage
The Gates of Love they budged an inch
The god of love preparing to depart
The grunt of unity when he came in
The guests are coming through
the hand of your beggar is burdened down with money
the hand of your lover is clay
The heart did not believe
The heart would not believe
The hermit in the Wild
The holy books are open wide
The holy dove
The holy or the broken Hallelujah
the holy places where the races meet
the hospital and the nurses gone
the House of Mystery
The hyacinth wild on my shoulder
The inner door flies open
the iron and the gold
The judges said you missed it by a fraction
the kind of places you've been living in?
the lake a lady's mirror
The last time that I saw him he was trying hard to get
The last time that I saw them
the leaves have fallen, the men have all gone home
the leaves have fallen, the men have gone
The letters that I sent
the light and the darkness divide
The light came through the window
The lights are going out
The limits of the sea
The lines of self-defense
The lipstick, the shadow, the silicone
The loss, the full extent
the lovers will rise up
The Maestro says it's Mozart
The magic length of God
the man in white -- that's you -- says he has no friends
the marriage spent
The minor fall, the major lift
The moneylender's lovely little daughter
The monkey and the plywood violin
the moonlight
the mother and the father, the daughter and the son
The naked God did live
The naked magic thrived
The Nameless and the Name
The New Jerusalem glowing
The night has begun
the night so dark and thick and green
the night was very dark and thick between them
the nurse to tell them fairy tales on both sides of the glass
The odds are there to beat
The one I'm using now it's covered up
The one who's coming next
The ones you didn't burn
The open-hearted few
The open-hearted many
the order of the soul
the parent in the child
the patron Saint of envy and the grocer of despair
the peacock spreads his fan
The pleasures that we knew
The plot was so intense
The poison sank and it paralysed my will
The ponies run, the girls are young
the poor man could hardly stop shivering
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
The rain falls down on last year's man
The rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor
The river has started to freeze
The river is swollen up with rusty cans
The rivers and the waterfall
the river's going to weep
The sands of time were falling
The sea so deep and blind
the serpent eat its tail
The shadow of my reach
The shadows live in the rafters like
the signs were sent
The silver bars were in my hand
The simple life of heroes
the situation makes me kind of nervous
The Smoky Life is practiced everywhere
The Smoky Life is practiced
The solitude of strength
The spear of the age in your side
the stand in stunt man
the stars eat your body and the wind makes you cold
The stories of the street are mine,the Spanish voices laugh
The struggle mouth to mouth and limb to limb
The summer's almost gone
The sun give over to splendour
The sun goes down behind a veil
The sun, the wild regret
The thorn of the night in your bosom
The thunder and the lightning
The value of my pardon
the very next night
The vesper bells ringing
The walls of this hotel are paper-thin
The way it's got to be, lover
The way it's got to be
The whole damn place goes crazy twice
the windows are small and the walls almost bare
The winter's tuning up
The woman in blue, she's asking for revenge
The women in your scrapbook
The world comes through
the world is wide
The wounded forms appear
The wretched and the meek
The years go by, you lose your pride
their knee in your balls and their fist in your face
Their vows are difficult, they're for each other
Then at home on a branch
Then fire, make your body cold
Then he killed the lights in a lonely Lane
Then he leaves the platform
Then he locked himself in a library shelf
Then he struck my heart
Then he threw the bottle over
Then he touches your lips now so suddenly bare
Then he wrote himself a prescription
Then I came back from where I'd been
Then I saw you naked in the early dawn
Then I think you're playing far too rough
Then I took the dust of a long sleepless night
Then it's the Holocaust
Then lay your rose on the fire
Then let me start again," I cried
Then let the other selves be rung, yeah, let them manifest and come
Then Love Itself
Then my father built an altar
Then read me the list of the crimes that are mine
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost
Then she dances so graceful
Then she gets you on her wavelength
Then she pointed at me where I kneeled on her floor
Then they bend over the bed
Then why do I feel alone?
then you climb, you climb into the frame
Then you put me in a place
Then you're just the man I've been thinking of
There ain't no cure for love
There ain't no cure
There ain't no drink no drug
There ain't no entertainment
There are children in the morning
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are many in your life
There are many ways a man can serve his time
there are those coupons you can send
There is a crack in everything
There is a crack, a crack in everything
There is a war between the left and right
There is a war between the ones who say there is a war
There is a war between the rich and poor
There is no decent place to stand
there is no drum
There is nothing to investigate
There plunged the rays of Love
There was a child named Bernadette
there was no one at all
There was this terrible sound
There were lots of invitations
There were signs in the sky
there were times she was a woman
There'll be fires on the road
There'll be phantoms
There'll be the breaking of the ancient
There's a bar where the boys have stopped talking
There's a blaze of light
There's a concert hall in Vienna
There's a Law, there's an Arm, there's a Hand
There's a lobby with nine hundred windows
There's a piece that was torn from the morning
There's a shoulder where Death comes to cry
There's a tree where the doves go to die
there's a voice that sounds like God to me
There's an attic where children are playing
There's blood on every bracelet
There's blood upon your hand
There's many that you'll see
There's music on Clinton Street all through the evening
There's no hot water
There's no one home
There's no one in sight
there's no one left to torture
there's no one waiting anyway
There's no one who has told us yet
There's nothing I would rather do
There's nothing left to do
there's nothing much to save
There's nothing pure enough to be a cure for love
There's nowhere to go
there's only one bed and there's only one prayer
There's only you and me
These are the final days, this is the darkness, this is the flood
These words you can't forget
They are leaning out for love
They become naked
They came to God in secret
they can give you back your hope
They could not order men
They could not shelter men
They don't count now
they don't tear your sleep apart
They fall among the voices and the wine
They floated to the floor
they found what they will always want again
They gain the light, they formlessly entwine
They hate us of old
They have ferried them out of the past
they heard that my body was free
they just confuse the sunny calendar
They laughed and laughed and said, Well child
They make a secret place
They moved her not at all
They only passed through magic
They said that God was dead
They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
They sing for him
They slip between the sentries of the heart
they take your clothes at the door
They tied me to this table right here
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem
They waste no time waiting for the snow
They were leafing through your hair
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on
they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem
They will never understand our culture
they will stand before the glass
they will trample on the grass
They would not tell who healed
They wounded New York
They'll never catch us
They'll never understand the Jazz police
They're moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
They're saving me a seat
they're the crumbs I've left behind
they're waiting now to see a signal
they're willing, yeah they're willing to obey
They've been cancelled
They've been sentenced to death by the blues
Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Things are going to slide
This I mean my mind to serve
This I mean to laugh within my mind
This I mean to whisper to my mind
this little wild bouquet
This mental space is occupied and everything is mine
this one has grown old and bitter
This waltz, this waltz, this waltz, this waltz
Those holy hills, that deep ravine
Those were the reasons and that was New York
Those who dance, begin to dance
Those who earnestly are lost
Those who weep begin
Though all the maps of blood and flesh
Though altars built in parliaments
Though his death was pardoned
Though his death was published
Though his funeral lengthened
Though his mourners thickened
Though his shrouds were hoisted
Though his words were twisted
Though I take my song
Though laws were carved in marble
Though mountains danced before them
Though these wars that you did not stop
Though they boast of solitude
Though they locked their coffers
Though they offered stones
Thought I saw an eagle
Tho' it's not what I planned
Tho' the rain and the sun come through
Tho' you are singing somewhere still
Tho' your promise count for nothing
through a semi-precious stone
through for you
Through the days of shame that are coming
through the first open pass
Through the nights of wild distress
Through the silver and the glass
Through the Squalls of Hate
through which the troops have passed
Through windows in the dark
till every taste is on the tongue
till love is pierced and love is hung
Til' service is but magic
Tis now that you would call me
To a kitchen chair
To a promise or two
To a very high degree
To all of my architects let me be traitor
to all the people that you became
To Babylon
to be his one, to be his only bride
to be written on your wrist
to cast me out discourteously
to determine who will serve and who will eat
To ease the outer pain
to finally end our exercise
To follow the sun
To get by
to get me to the heart of this
to get used to an empty room
To have nothing to touch
to have to stand beneath my window
to hear what it is you've done that was so wrong
to kneel grotesque and bare
to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again
To lend a helping hand
To let it go
To let me sing
to lie between your matchless thighs
to live in a house that is haunted
to love will come
to make my bed of snow?
To make us well
To mend the damage that we've done
to my old age
to praise their ways with pupils
To raise my voice and say
to roll and to feed
to sacrifice these children
to say it clear, to say it cold
to sleep and to search and to destroy
To stand where I must stand
To such a very hopeless voice
To the beach of Malibu
to the galloping mare
To the great surprise
to the one beneath the smoke
To the pools that you lift on your wrist
to the rider there
To the Shores of Need
to the tower where the blessed hours chime
To the wisdom of old
To think that I did not forget
to want you to ignore his dreams
to wash my eyelids in the rain!
to weaken with your love and warmth and shelter
to wear upon my swollen appetite
Tonight, tonight I cannot rest
Too early for the rainbow, too early for the dove
Too late to fix another drink
Took my diamond to the pawnshop
Torn by what we've done and can't undo
Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
Trav'ling lady stay awhile
Trav'ling lady, stay awhile
True love leaves no traces
tryin' to sound like Charlie Manson
Twas long ago I found you
Under the marble and the snow
untie for me your hired blue gown
Until death do us part)
Until it reached an open door
until the night is over
until the nights grew colder
Until the sea shall free them
Until the turning mind, a radar signal
until you cry, "Now you must try my greed."
Until you let me know
Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure
upon the shore, beneath the bridge
urging Fidel Castro to abandon fields and castles
waiting for the miracle to come
Waiting for the miracle
walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme
Wanna put my winter life away
Wanna roll those windows down
Want the watermelon red
was at ease
was I supposed to praise my Lord
was I, was I only limping, was I really lame?
was like my soul could taste you
was nothing we could keep
wasn't it a strange way down?
way down, way way down
way way down deep
We are so lightly here
We are so small between the stars, so large against the sky
we are ugly but we have the music
We asked for signs
We don't like children anyhow
We fought on, or what for
We gather up our hearts and go
We met when we were almost young
We mostly fall, we mostly run
we stopped to drink some wine
We swore to each other then that our love would surely last
We teach old hearts to break
We teach old hearts to rest
We told her she was beautiful
we told her she was free
We took ourselves to someone's bed
We were fighting in Egypt
We were locked in this kitchen
we were running for the money and the flesh
We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be all right
Wednesday morning can't believe my ears
well at least that's what you said
well I am the one who loves
well I guess that these heroes must always live there
Well I live here with a woman and a child
Well I lived with a child of snow
Well I see Jane's awake
Well I see you there with the rose in your teeth
Well I stepped into an avalanche
well in the Chelsea Hotel
Well it's Father's Day and everybody's wounded
Well I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how you're pinned
Well my friends are gone and my hair is grey
Well the silence broke my heart, but yes
Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them
Well you know that I love to live with you
Well, I argued all night like so many have before
Well, I found a silver needle
Well, I saw the man in question, it was just the other night
Well, its five in the morning
Well, I'm glad to hear you talk this way
Well, I've been waiting, I was sure
Well, nobody blames you
well, that is if I remember the way
Well, the trees they got much smaller
Well, what do you expect from
Well, you tell me that your lover has a broken limb
were smoking out along the open road
western code
we'd meet between the trains we're waiting for
We'll be going down so deep
We'll never have to lose it again
We'll take it out in hate
We're both of us beneath our love, we're both of us above
we're busted in the blinding lights
we've been alone too long
We've been around, we fall, we fly
What a ... coming like a headlight through the window
What Boogie Street is for
What can I possibly say?
What everybody knows
What happened to you, lover?
What happened to you, my lover?
What happened to you?
What happened to your beauty
What I really think of you
What must I do to prepare
What was rotten and what was fresh
What you really think of me
Whatever happened to my eyes
Whatever makes a soldier sad
whatever useless things these hands have done
when all your minds were free
when at night the nurses left
When hatred with his package comes
When he speaks like this
When he talks like this
When he walked upon the water
when he was the lord
when I am lord at last
when I am lord of memory
when I am not this hunchback that you see
When I am on a pedestal
when I lay upon a mountain
When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon
when I was a soldier
when I was sick in bed
When I wiped away the jam
When it all comes down to dust
When it all went down
when Jesus was the honeymoon
When my fingerprints were on
When one is gone and far
When she bends to my longing
when she paws at the sky
When the kittens were born
When the sweetest voice I ever heard, whispered to my soul
When the tide was low
When the war began to end
When they said REPENT REPENT
When they signed this agreement
When will she come to me
when you are cold and numb
When you called she was always there
When you choose the precious few
When you cut me loose forever
When you glinted in every eye the held-high
when you know that you are not sure
when you know that you've been taken
When you may have them both
When you try to they make you say Please
when you're begging for a crumb
when you're got me way down deep
When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned
when you're waiting
When you've fallen on the highway
when you've got to go on waiting
Where are the paths your heroes came?
Where are you now my fingerprints?
Where are you, Judy, where are you, Anne?
Where I could not see
where I have to go begging in beauty's disguise
Where I knew she lay waiting
Where I must fall
where is your famous golden touch?
Where it all goes on
Where I've got to lie down with you soon
Where love must go hiding at last
where none was sick and none was well
Where only greed can enter
Where still the sun must set
where that lamb fell down
where the raspberries grow wild
Where the sea hates to go
where the women kneel to pray
where there's nothing above
where you and I have only been
where you promised to stand guard
Where your mouth had a thousand reviews
Where, where is my Gypsy wife tonight?
Wherein I bathed with you
Wherein I spoke of their mystery
which he flew without any hands
which I don't pretend to understand at all
which some killer will be lighting for pay
which you can't reveal to the Ears of Youth
While house and grounds dissolve
while I was sick in bed
while so many, oh so many, stood apart
While Suzanne holds the mirror
while the killers in high places
while the limousines wait in the street
while we're waiting
While you're still on the stand
Whither thou goest
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty
who by high ordeal, who by common trial
who by his lady's command, who by his own hand
who by very slow decay
Who cannot dance to anything
Who could stand beside you so close to Eden
who fastens it tight?
who for his greed, who for his hunger
Who forgive what you do
who gives her soul an empty room and gives her body joy
who in mortal chains, who in power
who in solitude, who in this mirror
who in the sunshine, who in the night time
who in these realms of love, who by something blunt
who in your merry merry month of may
Who is it whom I address
who is reaching for the sky just to surrender
who is tapping his foot to a tune
Who kneels there as deeply as thee
who said they were through with dealing
Who snaps it asunder
who takes down what I confess?
Who was hunting me
Who was waiting there
who went galloping past
who will give you his applause
who wrote the Bible
whom I will teach you to repair
whom you still praise and blame
Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed
whose darkness deepens in her arms a little more
Whose fingerprints are whose
Whose ship has not been built
who'd just come back from the war
Who've left their pride on the other side of
Why are the armies marching still that were coming home to me?
Why do you stand by the window
why don't you come on back to the war, before it hurts us
why don't you come on back to the war, can't you hear me speaking?
Why don't you come on back to the war, don't be a tourist
Why don't you come on back to the war, don't be embarrassed
why don't you come on back to the war, it's just beginning
why don't you come on back to the war, let's all get even
why don't you come on back to the war, let's all get nervous
Why don't you come on back to the war, pick up your tiny burden
Why don't you come on back to the war, that's right, get in it
why don't you come on back to the war, you can still get married
Why don't you join the Rosicrucians
Why don't you try to do without him?
Why don't you try to live alone?
why don't you try unwrapping
Why don't your try to forget him?
Why not even revenge can undo them
Why tarry all night in the ruin
why they cannot have each other
Why trade this vision for desire
Why, I'm fire," he replied
Wild as any freedom loving racist
will be fine, will be fine, will be fine
Will make a killer smile
Will she walk through the flame
With a big bouquet of cactus
With a child in my arms
with a collar of leather and nails
With a deadly force
With a drink in your hand
With a garland of freshly cut tears?
With a love so vast and shattered
with a mighty expectation of relief
with a sparrow of St. Francis that he was preaching to
With a terrible wound in his side
With any girl who knew me
With everything
with fear and filth and cowardice and shame
with her punishment there
with his tortured lamb
With its cargo of snow
With its very own breath of brandy and Death
With its "I'll never forget you, you know!
With my heart at all?
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
With one hand on the hexagram and one hand on the girl
With such a heavy hand
with that lawless crowd
with the beauty of the word
with the details of our honeymoon
with the keys
with the music of rubber bands
With the photographs there, and the moss
with their red and golden paints
with your bugle and your drum
With your invincible defeat
with your winter clothes, your broken sandal straps
Without a moon or star
Without your clothes
Women have been
Wondering out loud as the bandage pulls away
Won't be nothing
Won't you let me hold you
working for the Yankee Dollar
Wounded in the line of duty

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Yeah I loved you all my life
Yeah I missed you since the place got wrecked
Yeah I thought I'd leave this morning
Yeah let's do something crazy
Yeah my friends are gone and my hair is grey
Yeah the widowhood
Yeah the women tear their blouses off
Yeah we're drinking and we're dancing
Yeah, Shakespeare said it all, then he said no more
Yeah, the summer's gone
Yes and long live the state by whoever it's made
Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me
Yes he wants to trade the game he knows for shelter
Yes I called my fingerprints all night
Yes I follow my father's trade
Yes I was with you, O sweet compassion
yes it makes you clench your fist
yes it's come to this
yes many loved before us, I know that we are not new
yes one hand on my suicide, one hand on the rose
Yes you who must leave everything that you cannot control
Yes, and here, right here
Yes, and here's to the few
Yes, and Jane came by with a lock of your hair
Yes, and mark how the stranger's cold armour
Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes
Yes, but not for thee
Yes, I rise up from her arms, she says "I guess you call this love"
yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new
Yes, you who are broken by power
yes, you've won me, you've won me, my lord
You are locked into your suffering and your pleasures are the seal
You are The Naked Angel In My Heart
You are The Woman With Her Legs Apart
You called my ace, my king, my bluff
you came upon this highway
You can add up the parts
you can find your love with diagrams
You can hear the boats go by
You can look up all my very closest friends
You can move it up and down and when I'm sleeping
you can see it, you can taste it
You can see they've finally taken cover
You can spend the night beside her
You can still find a job
You can strike up the march
You can use it for a weapon
you cannot follow me
You cannot stand what I've become
You can't melt it down in the rain
You can't shake it (or break it) with your Motown
You chose your journey long before
You covered up that place I could not master
You defied your solitude
you did not raise me there
You ditch it all to stay alive
you done, bringing more
You don't care what you lose
You don't even try to prove that the noisy neighbor's making love
You don't know me from the wind
you don't know what he's after
you don't love me quite so fiercely now
you fastened to the rein
you feel the devil's riding crop
you find he did not leave you very much
you fixed yourself, you said, "Well never mind
You forbid delivery
You go to heaven once you've been to hell
you got away, I never once heard you say
You got old and wrinkled
you hear her talking freely then
You held on to me like I was a crucifix
You just don't ask for mercy
You just say you're out there waiting
you just turned your back on the crowd
you keepers of truth, you guardians of beauty
You kept me from believing
You kept right on loving, I went on a fast
You kiss my lips, and then it's done
you kneel for him to come
you know I've watched you riding every day
you know my love goes with you as your love stays with me
you know that talk is cheap
You know that's not my style
You know the way to stop me, but you don't have the discipline
you know this dress rehearsal rag
You know this life is filled with many sweet companions
You know who I am
You know you can
You know you hardly stopped to pick them up
You laughed at what I said
You left when I told you I was curious
You let me love you till I was a failure
You live your life as if it's real
You lose your grip, and then you slip
You lusted after so many
you make love very well
You met him at some temple, where
you much prefer the gentleman I was before
You must keep it for the captain
You must keep it nonetheless
you must learn what makes me kind
you must learn, learn to serve me well
you must not do it anymore
You never liked to get
You never really have to tell me what
you never will, you never did
you notice there's a highway
You press them to your lips
You raise me up in grace
You ran your bath and you began to sing
You realize, he's only advertising one more shelter
you really think of me - alright
You said you could never love me
You said, Don't worry, don't worry, darling
You said, Don't worry, don't you worry, darling
You saw her bathing on the roof
You say I took the name in vain
you say they chained you to your fingernails
you say you're kind of restless now and it's on account of him
You say you've gone away from me
You see Jack and Jill they're going to join their misery
You see, you hear these funny voices
You sent me here
You sent me there
You stand there at my desk
You strike my side by accident
you stumble into this movie house
You tell him to come in sit down
You tell them now
You thought that it could never happen
You told me again you preferred handsome men
You touch me like I touch myself
You try the handle of the road
You walk into my room
You want to take me down the aisle
You want to throw confetti fingerprints
you were famous, your heart was a legend
you were in it for your beauty too
You were Jesus Christ my Lord
You were K.Y. Jelly
You were Marlon Brando
You were moving so fast
you were not there before
you were talking so brave and so sweet
You were the father of modern medicine
You were the manual orgasm
You were the promise at dawn
You were the sensitive woman
You where the whore and the beast of Babylon
You whisper, "You have loved enough
you who are absent all day
you who are kings for the sake of your children's story
You who build these altars now
You who stand above them now
You who wish to conquer pain
you whom I cannot betray
You will never see a man this naked
You win a while, and then it's done
You wouldn't like it here
Your beauty lost to you yourself
Your beauty on my bruise like iodine
Your bed and your pan
Your body like a searchlight
your body lost in legend, the beast so very tame
Your bracelets and your brush
Your enemy is sleeping, and his woman is free
your eyes are soft with sorrow
Your eyes are wild and your knuckles are red
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
Your father's gone a-hunting
Your firm commitments tangible again
Your fragrance with a fume of iodine
your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm
your hatchets blunt and bloody
Your laws do not compel me
Your letters they all say that you're beside me now
Your little winning streak
Your love for it all
Your master took you travelling
Your nails and your hill
Your naked body?
Your pain is no credential here
your preachers all around you
your prisoner wine and bread?
Your private life will suddenly explode
Your saintly kisses reeked of iodine
Your servant here, he has been told
your shirt is all undone
Your sister fingers burned like iodine
Your standing days are done," I cried
Your story was so long
your sun glassed protectors they do that to you
Your tiny limp
your trembling fingers to behave
Your vision is right, my vision is wrong
Your vow, your holy place
You'd been to the station to meet every train
You'll rally me no more
You'll see a woman
you're a liar and a thief
You're faithful to the better man
You're going to feel much better
you're got me way down, way down deep
you're got me way down, way way down
You're living for nothing now, I hope you're keeping some kind of record
You're reading them again
You're smiling at the seaweed
You're so fresh and you're so new
you've been alone too long
you've got me way down, way down deep
you've got me way down, way way down
you've stared at the sun
you've won me, you've won me, my lord,