Friday, February 13, 2009

Leonard Cohen: ANTHEM

I found myself singing this to myself this morning...one of Leonard's greatest songs and a beautiful way to follow my last two posts. 

ANTHEM

The birds they sang
at the break of day
start again
I heard them say
don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yeat to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
the holy dove
she will be caught again
bought and sold and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
that's how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent;
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
yeah the widowhood
of every government--signs for all to see.

I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
a thundercloud 
and they're going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring...

You can add up the parts 
but you won't have the sum
you can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
tha's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.


4 comments:

organicsyea said...

yea...a crack in everything...that's how the light gets in..love that

organicsyes said...

yea...a crack in everything...that's how the light gets in..love that

Road Warrior said...

Love Cohen's Tower of Song; Cohen in general.

Remember "Susanne"? How's that for a song???

Claudia Hayes Hagar said...

one of my favorites to this very day. you got the Essential Cohen? there is some beauty stuff on there.