"There is a crack in everything…that's how the light gets in"
11-11-2016, 01:30 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-12-2016, 02:41 AM by Skippy.)
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"There is a crack in everything…that's how the light gets in"
Leonard Cohen, poet, songwriter, artist, dead at 82

If I were to have asked my dad his two favourite artists, he'd have probably picked Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Even then, I think he'd have given Leonard Cohen the edge. He bought every new album he'd release, and I think it'd be pretty fair to say that as much as my iPhone is filled with Smashing Pumpkins songs, Dad's iPod was filled with Leonard Cohen songs. The thread title is from Cohen's song Anthem, from his album The Future.

Most will likely be familiar with Leonard Cohen by Jeff Buckley's (stupendous) cover of Cohen's Hallelujah (or maybe from when it appeared in Watchmen). Cohen's original, from Various Positions, is embedded below. It's still hard for me to listen to it: it's one of three songs I picked from his playlist to play at Dad's memorial. The other two were Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle, picked out by Mom, and, probably the only time it's been played at a memorial service, Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen.


Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah


Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah


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?
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah


I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah


Requiescat in pace, dear sir.

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