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    Give me Christ – or give me Hiroshima…

    SkyHarbor, 2013/03/01 

    Grooves a bit like ‘Sultans of Swing’ but with a very different and dark content. Check the lyric – reminds me of some of byronius’ better stuff:

    “The Future” – Leonard Cohen

    Give me back my broken night
    my mirrored room, my secret life
    it’s lonely here,
    there’s no one left to torture
    Give me absolute control
    over every living soul
    And lie beside me, baby,
    that’s an order!
    Give me crack and careless sex
    Take the only tree that’s left
    and stuff it up the hole
    in your culture
    Give me back the Berlin wall
    give me Stalin and St Paul
    I’ve seen the future, brother:
    it is murder.

    Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
    Won’t be nothing
    Nothing you can measure anymore
    The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
    has crossed the threshold
    and it has overturned
    the order of the soul
    When they said REPENT REPENT
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said REPENT REPENT
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said REPENT REPENT
    I wonder what they meant

    You don’t know me from the wind
    you never will, you never did
    I’m the little jew
    who wrote the Bible
    I’ve seen the nations rise and fall
    I’ve heard their stories, heard them all
    but love’s the only engine of survival
    Your servant here, he has been told
    to say it clear, to say it cold:
    It’s over, it ain’t going
    any further
    And now the wheels of heaven stop
    you feel the devil’s riding crop
    Get ready for the future:
    it is murder

    Things are going to slide …

    There’ll be the breaking of the ancient
    western code
    Your private life will suddenly explode
    There’ll be phantoms
    There’ll be fires on the road
    and the white man dancing
    You’ll see a woman
    hanging upside down
    her features covered by her fallen gown
    and all the lousy little poets
    coming round
    tryin’ to sound like Charlie Manson
    and the white girl’s dancin’

    Give me back the Berlin wall
    Give me Stalin and St Paul
    Give me Christ
    or give me Hiroshima
    Destroy another fetus now
    We don’t like children anyhow
    I’ve seen the future, baby:
    it is murder

    Things are going to slide …

    When they said REPENT REPENT …

    6 Comments »

    1. byronius wrote,

      Aren’t you kind. He’s a lyrical god, that man.

      Comment on 2013/03/02 @ 10:24 pm

    2. Max wrote,

      God damn. I like every freakin’ thing about that song. Gorgeous. LC is a source of largely untapped fandom in me. I’m looking forward to some day immersing myself in all he has to offer over the years.

      Comment on 2013/03/03 @ 10:11 am

    3. SkyHarbor wrote,

      The first I heard of Leonard was ‘Suzanne’, which made a lot of smallish waves for its lyrical depth. He’s always stood well apart from the ‘star-making machinery’ (Joni Mitchell’s phrase) and continued to pen great songs of rare ‘reality content’. A world resource and a Canadian treasure.

      Comment on 2013/03/03 @ 1:25 pm

    4. Max wrote,

      Here’s a pretty amazing version of Cohen’s classic Hallelujah:

      Comment on 2013/03/09 @ 3:04 pm

    5. SkyHarbor wrote,

      Wonderful ‘rim-rubbing’! One of the best I’ve seen.
      Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ first first captured me in the film ‘Shrek’:

      Comment on 2013/03/10 @ 2:32 am

    6. Max wrote,

      Sky – I am in your debt for many things, but particularly for turning me on to the concert that heads this post. We just got the DVD on netflix and watched the first set last night. Mind blowing stuff! I never knew a white man could have that much soul. His entire band, including the singers, were fabulous on every song. The lyrics are deep, usually quite dark, and always beautiful. He’s also about the classiest guy I’ve ever seen on stage, exuding respect for each musician as well as for the audience. Can’t wait to see set #2.

      Comment on 2013/04/17 @ 8:57 am

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