Daily Archives: June 17, 2012

LEONARD COHEN – Angel (“where does it heart?……In the wing!)



 

“A man, a woman and a dog take turns donning wings in this 1966 experimental film that both mocks and embodies the spirit of its decade. Featuring music and an uncredited appearance by Leonard Cohen“.
Short film directed by Derek May included as a dvd bonus on “Ladies and Gentleman… Mr Leonard Cohen” (The National Film Board of Canada, 2006).

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The Webb Sisters —- Words That Mobilize


George Harrison – Isn’t It A Pity


 
Isn’t It a Pity
Single by George Harrison
from the album All Things Must Pass
A-side My Sweet Lord
(double A-side)
Released 23 November 1970 (US)
Format 7″
Genre Rock
Length 7:10
Label Apple
Writer(s) George Harrison
Producer George Harrison, Phil Spector
All Things Must Pass track listing
 
[show]23 tracks

“Isn’t It a Pity” is a song by George Harrison from his 1970 solo album All Things Must Pass. It was written in 1966 but was rejected for inclusion on releases by The Beatles.

 

Composition and recording

In a bootlegged conversation from the January 1969 Get Back sessions, Harrison revealed that John Lennon had vetoed “Isn’t It a Pity” three years before, and that he (Harrison) had considered offering the song to Frank Sinatra.[1] Like a number of his unused compositions from the latter half of the Beatles era, it was among the dozens of tracks considered and/or recorded for Harrison’s first proper solo release, in 1970.[2] The lyrics are consistent with the karmic subject matter of much of the All Things Must Pass album;[3] Harrison would later say of the track: “‘Isn’t It a Pity’ is about whenever a relationship hits a down point … It was a chance to realise that if I felt somebody had let me down, then there’s a good chance I was letting someone else down.”[4]

Isn’t it a Pity – Nina Simone (George Harrison)


Isn’t it a pity
you don’t know what i’m talking about yet
but i will tell you soon
it’s a pity

isn’t it a pity
isn’t it a shame
yes, how we break each other’s hearts
and cause each other pain

how we take each other’s love
without thinking anymore
forgetting to give back
forgetting to remember
just forgetting and no thank you
isn’t it a pity

some things take so long
but how do i explain
why not too many people can see
that we are all just the same
we’re all guilty

because of all the tears
our eyes just can’t hope to see
but i don’t think it’s applicable to me
the beauty that surrounds them
child, isn’t it a pity

how we break each other’s hearts
and cause each other pain
how we take each other’s love
the most precious thing
without thinking anymore

forgetting to give back
forgetting to keep open our door
isn’t it a pity
isn’t it a pity

some things take so long
but how do i explain
isn’t it a pity
why not too many people
can see we’re all the same

because we cry so much
our eyes can’t, can’t hope to see
that’s not quite true
the beauty that surrounds them
maybe that’s why we cry
God, isn’t it a pity

Lord knows it’s a pity
mankind has been so programmed
that they don’t care about nothin’
that has to do with care
c-a-r-e

how we take each other’s love
the most precious thing
without thinking anymore
forgetting to give back
forgetting to keep open the door

but i understand some things take so long
but how do i explain
why not too many people
can see we’re just the same

and because of all their tears
their eyes can’t hope to see
the beauty that surrounds them
God, isn’t it a pity
the beauty that surrounds them
it’s a pity

we take each other’s love
just take it for granted
without thinking anymore
we give each other pain
and we shut every door

we take each other’s minds
and we’re capable of take each other’s souls
we do it every day
just to reach some financial goal
Lord, isn’t it a pity, my God
isn’t it a pity, my God
and so unnecessary

just a little time, a little care
a little note written in the air
just the little thank you
we just forget to give back
cause we’re moving too fast
moving too fast
forgetting to give back

but some things take so long
and i cannot explain
the beauty that surrounds us
and we don’t see it
we think things are just the same
we’ve been programmed that way

isn’t it a pity
if you want to feel sorry
isn’t it a pity
isn’t it a pity
the beauty sets the beauty that surrounds us
because of all our tears
our eyes can’t hope to see

maybe one day at least i’ll see me
and just concentrate on givin’, givin’, givin’, givin’
and till that day
mankind don’t stand a chance
don’t know nothin’ about romance
everything is plastic
isn’t it a pity
my God. 

I Need you The Webb Sisters and The Beatles


You don’t realise how much I need you.
Love you all the time and never leave you.
Please come on back to me. 
I’m lonely as can be. I need you.

Said you had a thing or two to tell me. 
How was I to know you would upset me?
I didn’t realise as I looked in your eyes…
You told me.

Oh yes, you told me, you don’t want my lovin’ anymore.
That’s when it hurt me. 
And feeling like this, I just can’t go on anymore.

Please remember how I feel about you, I could never really live without you. 
So, come on back and see just what you mean to me. 
I need you.

But when you told me, you don’t want my lovin’ anymore.
That’s when it hurt me. 
And feeling like this, I just can’t go on anymore.
Please remember how I feel about you. 
I could never really live without you. 
So, come on back and see just what you mean to me. 
I need you. I need you. I need you.

The Webb Sisters – 7 – Show me the place (Leonard Cohen)


Show me the place where you want your slave to go
Show me the place, I’ve forgotten, I don’t know
Show me the place for my head is bending low
Show me the place where you want your slave to go

Show me the place, help me roll away the stone
Show me the place, I can’t move this thing alone
Show me the place where the word became a man
Show me the place where the suffering began

The troubles came, I saved what I could save
A thread of light, a particle, a wave
But there were chains so I hastened to behave
There were chains so I loved you like a slave

Show me the place where you want your slave to go
Show me the place, I’ve forgotten, I don’t know
Show me the place for my head is bending low
Show me the place where you want your slave to go

The troubles came, I saved what I could save
A thread of light, a particle, a wave
But there were chains so I hastened to behave
There were chains so I loved you like a slave

Show me the place
Show me the place
Show me the place

Show me the place, help me roll away the stone
Show me the place, I can’t move this thing alone
Show me the place where the word became a man
Show me the place where the suffering began
[ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/l/leonard-cohen-lyrics/show-me-the-place-lyrics.html ]

Leonard Cohen – Live In London – I Tried to Leave You


 “I Tried To Leave You”

I tried to leave you, I don’t deny 
I closed the book on us, at least a hundred times. 
I’d wake up every morning by your side. 
The years go by, you lose your pride. 
The baby’s crying, so you do not go outside, 
and all your work it’s right before your eyes. 

Goodnight, my darling, I hope you’re satisfied, 
the bed is kind of narrow, but my arms are open wide. 
And here’s a man still working for your smile.

Leonard Cohen Anthem video with Webb Sisters(London 2009)



 “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. 
Ah 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 that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
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 … 

You can add up the parts 
but 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 
That’s how the light gets in. 

Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack, 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.

If it be your will – Leonard Cohen and the Webb Sisters (For all of us who are finding ourselves in the middle of a rough patch…There is hope!)


If it be your will – Leonard Cohen and the Webb Sisters – Live from London COncert 

If it be your will
That I speak no more
And my voice be still
As it was before
I will speak no more
I shall abide until
I am spoken for
If it be your will

If it be your will
That a voice be true
From this broken hill
I will sing to you
From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing

If it be your will
If there is a choice
Let the rivers fill
Let the hills rejoice
Let your mercy spill
On all these burning hearts in hell
If it be your will
To make us well

And draw us near
And bind us tight
All your children here
In their rags of light
In our rags of light
All dressed to kill
And end this night
If it be your will 

English: Leonard Cohen

English: Leonard Cohen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)