Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Leonard's Words

Once again my kids have turned me on to something that I would never have found on my own. This time it is Leonard Cohen . . . poet, singer and writer. I watched a concert with my kids (on TV) and I was spellbound by his beautiful words. Some of the songs (which he had written) I had heard by other artists such as Neil Diamond.

It was a year ago that my sons turned me on to novels (after being a nonfiction reader for decades). Now I hope to spend some time reading Cohen's lyrics and poems.

HUG . . . I have your work combined as one file now and am ready to start it too. I just finished Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night and am almost finished with my paper that is the last step in getting my masters in neurology. Then I will be ready to read.

If It Be Your Will


If it be your will
That I speak no more
And my voice be still
As it was before
I will speak no more
I shall abide until
I am spoken for
If it be your will
If it be your will
That a voice be true
From this broken hill
I will sing to you
From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing
From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing

If it be your will
If there is a choice
Let the rivers fill
Let the hills rejoice
Let your mercy spill
On all these burning hearts in hell
If it be your will
To make us well

And draw us near
And bind us tight
All your children here
In their rags of light
In our rags of light
All dressed to kill
And end this night
If it be your will

If it be your will.

2 comments:

Don Hendricks said...

I found him through the beautiful song "Hallelujah" on the original Shrek movies, since bought Jeff Buckleys Album with that song in a haunting arrangment.

adventuresinmercy said...

Oh...those words give me the shivers every time. I think the first time I heard that was in song...I'm pretty sure it was The Lost Dogs who performed it...? Someone can correct me, if you know your Dog lore, of course...

Anyways, talk about words that just sum it all up.