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Leonard Cohen Quotes
|Leonard Norman Cohen, Leonard Cohen
|September 21, 1934
|November 7, 2016
|McGill University, Westmount High School, Columbia University
|Manner of Death:
|Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Poet, Novelist
|Scientology, Buddhism, Judaism
AKA: Leonard Norman Cohen, Leonard Cohen
Birthday: September 21, 1934
Death: November 7, 2016
Educated At: McGill University, Westmount High School, Columbia University
Manner of Death: Accident
Occupations: Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Poet, Novelist
Religion: Scientology, Buddhism, Judaism
It burns everyone.
It disfigures everyone.
It is the world’s excuse
for being ugly.”
deep in the green lilac park.
You held on to me like I was a crucifix
as we went kneeling through the dark.”
I saw the glory in her eye.
Myself I long for love and light,
But must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?”
while silence blossoms like tumours on our lips
it is because I hear a man climb the stairs
and clear his throat outside our door.”
I'm writing you now just to see if you're better.
New York is cold, but I like where I'm living
There's music on Clinton Street all through the evening.”
You know my love goes with you as your love stays with me, it's just the way it changes like the shoreline and the sea”
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”
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes”
Wounded in the line of duty,
parachuting acid into diplomatic cocktail parties,
urging Fidel Castro to abandon fields and castles.
Leave it all and like a man,
come back to nothing special,
such as waiting rooms and ticket lines.”
they take your clothes at the door
He was just a numberless man in a chair
who'd just come back from the war.
And you wrap up his tired face in your hair and he hands you the apple core
Then he touches your lips now so suddenly bare of all the kisses we put on some time before.”
Yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new, in city and in forest they smiled like me and you.
But let's not talk of love or chains and things we can't untie.
Your eyes are soft with sorrow,
Hey, that's no way to say goodbye.”
You were talking so brave and so sweet
Giving me head on the unmade bed
While the limousines wait in the street.
Those were the reasons and that was New York, we were running for the money and the flesh.
And that was called love for the workers in song, probably still is for those of them left.”
The poor man could hardly stop shivering, his lips and his fingers were blue.
I suppose that he froze when the wind took your clothes, and I guess he just never got warm.
But you stand there so nice in your blizzard of ice, oh please let me come into the storm.”
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbor
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror.”