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 …


  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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