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Coming Back To You: Leonard Cohen


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Coming Back To You,  by Leonard Cohen

Maybe I’m still hurting
I can’t turn the other cheek
But you know that I still love you
It’s just that I can’t speak
I looked for you in everyone
And they called me on that too
I lived alone but I was only
Coming back to you

Ah they’re shutting down the factory now
Just when all the bills are due
And the fields they’re under lock and key
Tho’ the rain and the sun come through
And springtime starts but then it stops
In the name of something new
And all the senses rise against this
Coming back to you

And they’re handing down my sentence now
And I know what I must do
Another mile of silence while I’m
Coming back to you

There are many in your life
And many still to be
Since you are a shining light
There’s many that you’ll see
But I have to deal with envy
When you choose the precious few
Who’ve left their pride on the other side of
Coming back to you

Even in your arms I know
I’ll never get it right
Even when you bend to give me
Comfort in the night
I’ve got to have your word on this
Or none of it is true
And all I’ve said was just instead of

Coming back to you

   

Various Positions, the seventh studio album by Leonard Cohen, was released in December 1984 (and February 1985). It marked not only Cohen’s turn to the modern sound and use of synthesizers (particularly on the opening track), but also – after her work on harmonies and background vocals on the previous Recent Songs (1979) – an even greater contribution from Jennifer Warnes, who is credited equally to Cohen as vocalist on all of the tracks.

 

 

Story Of Issac: Leonard Cohen (1985)





STORY OF ISAAC, BY LEONARD COHEN

The door it opened slowly,
my father he came in,
I was nine years old.
And he stood so tall above me,
his blue eyes they were shining
and his voice was very cold.
He said, “I’ve had a vision
and you know I’m strong and holy,
I must do what I’ve been told.”
So he started up the mountain,
I was running, he was walking,
and his axe was made of gold.
Well, the trees they got much smaller,
the lake a lady’s mirror,
we stopped to drink some wine.
Then he threw the bottle over.
Broke a minute later
and he put his hand on mine.
Thought I saw an eagle
but it might have been a vulture,
I never could decide.
Then my father built an altar,
he looked once behind his shoulder,
he knew I would not hide.

You who build these altars now
to sacrifice these children,
you must not do it anymore.
A scheme is not a vision
and you never have been tempted
by a demon or a god.
You who stand above them now,
your hatchets blunt and bloody,
you were not there before,
when I lay upon a mountain
and my father’s hand was trembling
with the beauty of the word.

And if you call me brother now,
forgive me if I inquire,
“Just according to whose plan?”
When it all comes down to dust
I will kill you if I must,
I will help you if I can.
When it all comes down to dust
I will help you if I must,
I will kill you if I can.
And mercy on our uniform,
man of peace or man of war,
the peacock spreads his fan.

Leonard Cohen on Q TV (CBC exclusive)


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To celebrate Q’s 2nd anniversary — poet, novelist, songwriter, legend…a special exclusive feature interview with Leonard Cohen… recorded at his home in Montreal.
A great interview by Jian Ghomeshi.

Sometimes I enjoy listening to Leonard Cohen reminding me the value of reverence, self respect…But more than anything I enjoy his enthusiasm, and dedication to his art, the understanding that creation is in the making, art is dynamic, just like the vibration of the music and verse his talent embodies and chantsModesty is at work in Mr. Cohen’s musical career, perseverance to write something of value, something true about the human condition, love, life and the world and civilization of which he has been part of and a catalyst for change. Mr. Cohen’s philosophy of life has given us some memorable phrases, that are now part of more and more of his contemporaries.
One of the themes appearing is the feelings for the many people suffering in the world, and it really feels like today is a time as good, if not better than any before.

I truly hope that you will find this moments inspirational and enjoy its eloquence, clarity and sincerity and spirituality.

Love Friends.