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Anthem *Leonard Cohen*

 
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annaruiz



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:52 pm    Post subject: Anthem *Leonard Cohen* Reply with quote

http://youtube.com/watch?v=2ssZ32ahjGM



LEONARD COHEN LYRICS

"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 yet 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
That'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.
That's how the light gets in.


Love To All,
All To Love,
Anna
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Aurora



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Anthem *Leonard Cohen* Reply with quote

annaruiz wrote:

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.



those lines are my favorite poem, annaruiz!
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annaruiz



Joined: 14 Nov 2006
Posts: 385
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my fav's too, keeps reminding me to let my heart be broken
again and again, and this is how I keep letting the light in;-)

Metta,
Anna


Sharing one of my first poems and a poem that I found a couple years later:


DEAR DARKENING GROUND

Dear darkening ground,
you’ve endured so patiently the walls we’ve built,
perhaps you’ll give the cities one more hour

and grant the churches and cloisters two,
And those that labor—maybe you’ll let their work
grip them another five hours, or seven

before you become forest again, and
widening wilderness
in that hour of inconceivable terror
when you take back your name
from all things.

Just give me a little more time!
I want to love the things
as no one has thought to love them,
until they’re real and ripe and worthy of you.

I want only seven days, seven
on which no one has ever written himself –
seven pages of solitude.

There will be a book that includes these pages,
and she who takes it in her hands
will sit staring at it a long time,

until she feels that she is being held
and you are writing.


Rainer Maria Rilke



IT IS SO WRITTEN



You take my Soul
you dip me in Magellan Blue
with utmost care

for you have found my hiding place
behind an ancient timepiece
shamed into abeyance
where shadows reach not.

Now you ring me out with both your
hands, strong and chiseled
I feel your purpose

You have made me ready—

Now you write, this fine perfect
Writing tool I am

my feet a feather tip, I am the swirl
of your letters, the crosses of your
words,

Oh, what writing we write!

And now
the parchment yellows
it crumbles in your hands
it blows away in your exhale—

Return me gently
to my hiding place.

You have used me well.

Anna Ruiz



(Once we know the tune, it's all variations on the same song;-)


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