Leonard Cohen-The Partizan: “The Frontiers Were My Prison”

When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender,
This I could not do;
I took my gun and vanished.

I have changed my name so often,
I’ve lost my wife and children
But I have many friends,
And some of them are with me.

An old woman gave us shelter,
Kept us hidden in the garret,
Then the soldiers came;
She died without a whisper.

There were three of us this morning
I’m the only one this evening
But I must go on;
The frontiers are my prison.

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
Through the graves the wind is blowing,
Freedom soon will come;
Then we’ll come from the shadows.

Les allemands e’taient chez moi,
Ils me dirent, “signe toi,”
Mais je n’ai pas peur;
J’ai repris mon arme.
J’ai change’ cent fois de nom,
J’ai perdu femme et enfants
Mais j’ai tant d’amis;
J’ai la france entie`re.
Un vieil homme dans un grenier
Pour la nuit nous a cache’,
Les allemands l’ont pris;
Il est mort sans surprise.

[the germans were at my home
They said, “sign yourself,”
But I am not afraid
I have retaken my weapon.
I have changed names a hundred times
I have lost wife and children
But I have so many friends
I have all of france
An old man, in an attic
Hid us for the night
The germans captured him
He died without surprise.]

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
Through the graves the wind is blowing,
Freedom soon will come;
Then we’ll come from the shadows.

SO this is how the Berlin Wall looked like?

  George.

About this Viveo: A group of Dutch musicians brought together for a one time concert,as a tribute to Leonard Cohen for 40 years of Poetry in Music.You also hear the famous choir: de Oosterhoutse Nachtegalen

The Frontiers were my prison too ! 

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3 responses to “Leonard Cohen-The Partizan: “The Frontiers Were My Prison”

  1. Pingback: Leonard Cohen – The Partisan the “…freedom comes from shadows…” | euzicasa

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