Friday, September 16, 2005

: In his own Voice :

A page from Leonard Cohen's scrapbook
In his notes on his song "The Partisan" Leonard Cohen says, "I developed the curious notion that the Nazis were overthrown by music".


DEMOCRACY -
Excerpts from a Song by Leonard Cohen, written in 1992


It's coming through a hole in the air,
from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
It's coming from the feel
that this ain't exactly real,
or it's real, but it ain't exactly there.
From the wars against disorder,
from the sirens night and day,
from the fires of the homeless,
from the ashes of the gay:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.


Sail on, sail on
O mighty Ship of State!
To the Shores of Need
Past the Reefs of Greed
Through the Squalls of Hate
Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.


I'm sentimental, if you know what I mean
I love the country but I can't stand the scene.
And I'm neither left or right
I'm just staying home tonight,
getting lost in that hopeless little screen.
But I'm stubborn as those garbage bags
that Time cannot decay,
I'm junk but I'm still holding up
this little wild bouquet:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.


Sail on, sail on


[©Leonard Cohen - Macklam/Feldman Management. Reprinted by Permission]


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[See also : The Solution - by Bertolt Brecht]

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