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Sisters of Mercy – Leonard Cohen (“If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn”)

(From the Movie Mc Cabe and Mrs Miller)

Leonard Cohen

Oh the sisters of mercy,
they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me 
when I thought that I just can’t go on.
And they brought me their comfort 
and later they brought me this song.
Oh I hope you run into them, 
you who’ve been travelling so long.

Yes you who must leave everything
that you cannot control.
It begins with your family,
but soon it comes around to your soul.
Well I’ve been where you’re hanging,
I think I can see how you’re pinned:
When you’re not feeling holy,
your loneliness says that you’ve sinned.

Well they lay down beside me,
I made my confession to them.
They touched both my eyes 
and I touched the dew on their hem.
If your life is a leaf that the seasons
tear off and condemn
they will bind you with love that is
graceful and green as a stem.

When I left they were sleeping, 
I hope you run into them soon.
Don’t turn on the lights,
you can read their address by the moon.
And you won’t make me jealous
if I hear that they sweetened your night:
We weren’t lovers like that 
and besides it would still be all right,
We weren’t lovers like that
and besides it would still be all right.  (Lyrics from Here)