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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 10:03 AM

Two Leonard Cohen songs for today.

Democracy




It's coming through a hole in the air
From those nights in Tiananmen Square
It's coming from the feel
That this ain't exactly real
Or it's real, but it ain't exactly there
From the wars against disorder
From the sirens night and day
From the fires of the homeless
From the ashes of the gay
Democracy is coming to the USA
It's coming through a crack in the wall
On a visionary flood of alcohol
From the staggering account
Of the Sermon on the Mount
Which I don't pretend to understand at all
It's coming from the silence
On the dock of the bay,
From the brave, the bold, the battered
Heart of Chevrolet
Democracy is coming to the USA

It's coming from the sorrow in the street
The holy places where the races meet
From the homicidal bitchin'
That goes down in every kitchen
To determine who will serve and who will eat
From the wells of disappointment
Where the women kneel to pray
For the grace of God in the desert here
And the desert far away:
Democracy is coming to the USA

Sail on, sail on
O mighty Ship of State
To the Shores of Need
Past the Reefs of Greed
Through the Squalls of Hate
Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on


It's coming to America first
The cradle of the best and of the worst
It's here they got the range
And the machinery for change
And it's here they got the spiritual thirst
It's here the family's broken
And it's here the lonely say
That the heart has got to open
In a fundamental way
Democracy is coming to the USA

It's coming from the women and the men
O baby, we'll be making love again
We'll be going down so deep
The river's going to weep,
And the mountain's going to shout Amen
It's coming like the tidal flood
Beneath the lunar sway
Imperial, mysterious
In amorous array
Democracy is coming to the USA

Sail on, sail on

I'm sentimental, if you know what I mean
I love the country but I can't stand the scene
And I'm neither left or right
I'm just staying home tonight
Getting lost in that hopeless little screen
But I'm stubborn as those garbage bags
That Time cannot decay
I'm junk but I'm still holding up
This little wild bouquet
Democracy is coming to the USA


Anthem



The birds they sang
At the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
Has passed away
Or what is yet to be
Yeah the wars they will
Be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
Bought and sold
And bought again
The dove is never free

Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That's how the light gets in

We asked for signs
The signs were sent
The birth betrayed
The marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
Of every government
Signs for all to see

I can't run no more
With that lawless crowd
While the killers in high places
Say their prayers out loud
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
A thundercloud
And they're going to hear from me


Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That's how the light gets in


You can add up the parts
You won't have the sum
You can strike up the march
There is no drum
Every heart, every heart to love will come
But like a refugee

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That's how the light gets in
Ring the bells that still can ring (ring the bells that still can ring)
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That's how the light gets in
That's how the light gets in
That's how the light gets in

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Reply Two Leonard Cohen songs for today. (Original post)
Tommy_Carcetti Nov 6 OP
peekaloo Nov 6 #1
Tommy_Carcetti Nov 6 #2
peekaloo Nov 6 #4
orangecrush Nov 6 #3
Journeyman Nov 6 #5
displacedtexan Nov 6 #6
RichardRay Nov 6 #7

Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 10:12 AM

1. Way underrated talent.

RIP



Holy crap, tomorrow marks two years since he died.

(I know he's Canadian)

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Response to peekaloo (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 10:13 AM

2. His songs consoled me the day after Election Day 2016.

Ironically we did not know he had already passed two days before.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 10:18 AM

4. His last work definitely lived up to its title.

Prescient.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 10:14 AM

3. Great tunes, Tommy!


Let the BLUE WAVE ROLL!







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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 11:31 AM

5. Thanks for the tunes, and have a Hopeful Restoration Day! . . .

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 11:45 AM

6. Here's the one I play on Election Day...

Wasn't That A Time?



Our fathers bled at Valley Forge, the snow was red with blood
Their faith was worn at Valley Forge,
Their faith was brotherhood.
Wasn't that a time, wasn't that a time?
A time to try the soul of men,
Wasn't that a terrible time?
Brave men who fought at Gettysburg now lie in soldier's graves
But there they stemmed the rebel tide
And there their faith was saved
Wasn't that a time, wasn't that a time?
A time to try the soul of men,
wasn't that a terrible time?
The wars are long, the peace is frail, the madmen come again.
There is no freedom in a land where fear and hate prevail.
Isn't this a time, isn't this a time?
A time to try the soul of men,
Isn't this a terrible time?
Our fathers bled at Valley Forge, the snow was red with blood
Their faith was worn at Valley Forge,
Their faith was brotherhood.
Wasn't that a time, wasn't that a time?
A time to try the soul of men,
Wasn't that a terrible time?

Songwriters: Lee Hays / Walter Lowenfels
Wasn't That a Time lyrics The Bicycle Music Company

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 01:05 PM

7. The finest poet/songwriter...

...with the amazing voice. I attended one of his last concerts. He was a genius.

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