Like a bird on the wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free .
"Bird on the Wire"
and you kissed me shy as though I'd never been your loverLeonard Cohen
I feel that, you know, the enormous luck I've had in being able to make a living, and to never have had to have written one word that I didn't want to write, to be able to have satisfied that dictum I set for myself, which was not to work for pay, but to be paid for my work just to be able to satisfy those standards that I set for myself has been an enormous privilege.Leonard Cohen
People used to say my music was too difficult or too obscure, and I never set out to be difficult or obscure. I just set out to write what I felt as honestly as I could, and I am delighted when other people feel a part of themselves in the music.Leonard Cohen
This is the very contrary of dropping out. Most people can't wait to get home to their house or apartment and shut that door and turn on the TV. To me, that's dropping out.Leonard Cohen
And Jesus was a sailor When he walked upon the water And he spent a long time watching From his lonely wooden tower And when he knew for certain Only drowning men could see him He said "All men will be sailors then Until the sea shall free them" But he himself was broken Long before the sky would open Forsaken, almost human He sank beneath your wisdom like a stoneLeonard Cohen
Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control, It begins with your family, and soon it comes round 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.Leonard Cohen
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.Leonard Cohen
I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm, Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm, 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.Leonard Cohen
They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom For trying to change the system from within I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.Leonard Cohen
I'm guided by a signal in the heavens I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin .Leonard Cohen
I've seen the future , brother: it is murder.Leonard Cohen
Waiting for the miracle There's nothing left to do. I haven't been this happy since the end of World War II.Leonard Cohen
If you're squeezed for information , that's when you've got to play it dumb: You just say you're out there waiting for the miracle to come.Leonard Cohen
We're drinking and we're dancing but there's nothing really happening. The place is dead as Heaven on a Saturday night.Leonard Cohen
Every heart to love will come But like a refugee.Leonard Cohen
All busy in the sunlight The flecks did float and dance , And I was tumbled up with them In formless circumstance.Leonard Cohen
You whisper, "You have loved enough, Now let me be the Lover."Leonard Cohen
I fought against the bottle but I had to do it drunkLeonard Cohen
It's you my love , you who are the stranger.Leonard Cohen
I've seen the future, brother; it is murder.Leonard Cohen
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