[lit-ideas] Re: Going Home

  • From: Ursula Stange <ursula@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:11:56 -0500

Surely that should be 'tune' at the end of the third verse?
'Show me the Place' is also a great song from the new album.

Sent from my kitchen...

On 2012-01-19, at 9:54 AM, Andy <mimi.erva@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> 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 SAY what 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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