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Leonard Cohen's most memorable songs and lyrics

Leonard Cohen's most memorable songs and lyrics

Posted by PanamericanWorld on November 11, 2016

Leonard Cohen was a poet who brought his lonely, soulful lyrics to music, startling fans with his fresh turns of phrase.

His use of biblical imagery and word portraits of life in bars and on the road lent a gravity to songs delivered in a gritty, baritone voice.

    Upon accepting a Juno in 1993, he joked, "Only in Canada could somebody with a voice like mine win vocalist of the year."

    Throughout his career, Cohen returned to themes of brokenness, decay and death. But underneath the downbeat words was a sly humour, poking fun at himself and the world.

    It was mesmerizing.

    Here are some favourites from Canada's melancholy bard:

    Hey, Leonard, that’s no way to say goodbye. But, rest in peace, wherever you are.

    1. Hallelujah

    Favourite Lyrics: “You say I took the name in vain. I don't even know the name. But if I did, well really, what's it to you?”

    2. Suzanne

    Best Lyrics: “That you've always been her lover and you want to travel with her. And you want to travel blind. And you know that she will trust you for you've touched her perfect body with your mind.”

    3. Dance Me To The End Of Love

    Best Lyrics: “Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on. Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long. We're both of us beneath our love, we're both of us above.”

    4. So Long, Marianne

    Best Lyrics: “For now I need your hidden love. I'm cold as a new razor blade. You left when I told you I was curious, I never said that I was brave.”

    5. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye

    Best Lyrics: “I'm not looking for another as I wander in my time, walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme. You know my love goes with you as your love stays with me, it's just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea. but let's not talk of love or chains and things we can't untie…”

    6. Joan of Arc

    Best Lyrics: “I saw her wince, I saw her cry, I saw the glory in her eye. Myself I long for love and light. But must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?”

    7. Famous Blue Raincoat

    Best Lyrics: “If you ever come by here, for Jane or for me, your enemy is sleeping, and his woman is free. Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes. I thought it was there for good so I never tried.”

    8. Take This Waltz

    Best Lyrics: “And I'll dance with you in Vienna. I'll be wearing a river's disguise. The hyacinth wild on my shoulder, my mouth on the dew of your thighs.”

    9. If It Be Your Will

    Best Lyrics: “If it be your will that I speak no more and my voice be still, as it was before…”

    10. Avalanche

    Best Lyrics: “When I am on a pedestal, you did not raise me there. Your laws do not compel me to kneel grotesque and bare.”

    11. Coming Back To You

    Best Lyrics: “I looked for you in everyone and they called me on that too. I lived alone but I was only coming back to you.”

    12. Lover, Lover, Lover

    Best Lyrics: “"I locked you in this body. I meant it as a kind of trial. You can use it for a weapon, or to make some woman smile.”

    13. Ain’t No Cure For Love

    Best Lyrics: “I need to see you naked in your body and your thought. I've got you like a habit and I'll never get enough.”

    14. Winter Lady

    Best Lyrics: “Trav'ling lady, stay awhile until the night is over. I'm just a station on your way, I know I'm not your lover.”

    15. Love Calls You By Your Name

    Best Lyrics: “You thought that it could never happen to all the people that you became, your body lost in legend, the beast so very tame.”

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