Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Cracks are Where the Light Comes In -- Leonard Cohen



A wonderful performer and songwriter in action. The lyrics:

"ANTHEM

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.

Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government --
signs for all to see.

I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
a thundercloud
and they're going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring ...

You can add up the parts
but you won't have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee."

"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.

~Leonard Cohen"

2 comments:

Kathy Crabbe said...

He IS the best - thank you for posting this :)

xox,
Kathy C.

QuintessentiallyEnglish said...

A very heartwarming and inspirational poem with a lovely message- just because we are not perfect does not mean we are not beautiful in our own ways (or thats how I like to see the poem at least!) I found your blog on http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6278721

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Quintessentially x