[lit-ideas] Going Home

  • From: Andy <mimi.erva@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 06:54:41 -0800 (PST)

I just read the lyrics to the song Going Home by Leonard Cohen.  I think 
there's a lot there.  I don't have the time now but I was wondering if anyone 
else would care to read the lyrics and offer an interpretation.  They actually 
form the basis of a theme I tried doing for It's Friday but I couldn't make it 
work.  If anyone has any ideas about this poem, it would be fun to dissect it.  
I will be able to get to it probably Saturday.
 
I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit
 
But he does say what I tell him
Even though it isn’t welcome
He will never have the freedom
To refuse
 
He will speak these words of wisdom
Like a sage, a man of vision
Though he knows he’s really nothing
But the brief elaboration of a tube
 
Going home
Without my sorrow
Going home
Sometime tomorrow
To where it’s better
Than before
 
Going home
Without my burden
Going home
Behind the curtain
Going home
Without the costume
That I wore
 
He wants to write a love song
An anthem of forgiving
A manual for living with defeat
 
A cry above the suffering
A sacrifice recovering
But that isn’t what I want him to complete
 
I want to make him certain
That he doesn’t have a burden
That he doesn’t need a vision
 
That he only has permission
To do my instant bidding
That is to SAYwhat I have told him
To repeat
 
Going home
Without my sorrow
Going home
Sometime tomorrow
Going home
To where it’s better
Than before
 
Going home
Without my burden
Going home
Behind the curtain
Going home
Without the costume
That I wore
 
I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit

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