Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I get so tired when I have to explain -- I get so tired, working so hard/for our survival -- for so long/you and me been lovin' each other for so long -- on and on/on and on and on -- so now I come to you/with open arms -- i wanna hold you/and be so held back -- our life, together/is so precious, together/we have grown/we have grown -- never gonna give you up/never gonna let you down -- don't worry baby/everything will turn out alright/don't worry baby -- telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty -- spill the wine/drink that girl -- it's too late/she's gone too far/she's lost the sun -- undercover angel, midnight fantasy -- ah, look at all the lonely people -- well it's a marvelous night for a moondance -- please release me, let me go -- Chuck-E's in love -- under the bridge sometimes -- da do run run run, da do run run -- ain't that a shame -- please, go all the way -- don't stop believin' -- I can't stop lovin' you -- it's a heartache -- I can't get enough of your love -- with a kiss he can strip me defenseless, with a touch I completely lose control -- I cover the waterfront, I'm watching the sea -- she was a fast machine, she ran her motor clean -- on blue bayou -- take another little piece of my heart now, baby...


scrivener said...

"If you're going to think of yourself in this game, or in this tradition, and you start getting a swelled head about it, then you've really got to think about who you're talking about. You're not just talking about Randy Newman, who's fine, or Bob Dylan, who's sublime, you're talking about King David, Homer, Dante, Milton, Wordsworth, you're talking about the embodiment of our highest possibility. So I don't think it's particularly modest or virtuous to think of oneself as a minor poet. I really do feel the enormous luck I've had in being able to make a living, and to never have had to have written one word that I didn't want to write.

"But I don't fool myself, I know the game I'm in. When I wrote about Hank Williams 'A hundred floors above me in the tower of song', it's not some kind of inverse modesty. I know where Hank Williams stands in the history of popular song. Your Cheatin' Heart, songs like that, are sublime, in his own tradition, and I feel myself a very minor writer. I've taken a certain territory, and I've tried to maintain it and administrate it with the very best of my capacities. And I will continue to administrate this tiny territory until I'm too weak to do it. But I understand where this territory is."

-Leonard Cohen
(Hallelujah : 70 things about Leonard Cohen at 70)

Jennifer S. said...

That quote alone is much better material than three-fourths of the songs I know by heart.