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So Long, Mr. Cohen
« on: November 12, 2016, 06:17:56 PM »
He had a golden voice (said so himself), and wrote some really fine songs. I guess 82 isn't a bad run.


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Well my friends are gone and my hair is grey
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on
I'm just paying my rent every day
Oh in the tower of song

I said to Hank Williams: how lonely does it get?
Hank Williams hasn't answered yet
But I hear him coughing all night long
A hundred floors above me
In the tower of song

I was born like this, I had no choice
I was born with the gift of a golden voice
And twenty-seven angels from the great beyond
They tied me to this table right here
In the tower of song

So you can stick your little pins in that voodoo doll
I'm very sorry, baby, doesn't look like me at all
I'm standing by the window where the light is strong
Ah they don't let a woman kill you
Not in the tower of song

Now you can say that I've grown bitter but of this you may be sure
The rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor
And there's a mighty judgement coming, but I may be wrong
You see, you hear these funny voices
In the tower of song

I see you standing on the other side
I don't know how the river got so wide
I loved you baby, way back when
And all the bridges are burning that we might have crossed
But I feel so close to everything that we lost
Well never have to lose it again

Now I bid you farewell, I don't know when I'll be back
There moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you'll be hearing from me baby, long after I'm gone
I'll be speaking to you sweetly
From a window in the tower of song
Yeah my friends are gone and my hair is grey
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on
I'm just paying my rent every day
Oh in the tower of song
"Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration — courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and above all, love of the truth."
— H. L. Mencken


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Re: So Long, Mr. Cohen
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2016, 11:02:51 PM »
A little on the downside, but what the hell?  RIP.

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Re: So Long, Mr. Cohen
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2016, 01:30:52 AM »
This was posted to FB by Mutts cartoonist, Patrick McDonnell.

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Re: So Long, Mr. Cohen
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2016, 02:57:40 AM »
Coming from a not very musically inclined family, I've mostly been on my own discovering music. I first heard Cohen in the film Natural Born Killers, and immediately needed to hear more.

It feels a little odd mourning an 82 year old who spent so much contemplating the inevitability and acceptance of death, but I very much am.