14 canções de Leonard Cohen, uma de cada disco
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14 canções de Leonard Cohen, uma de cada disco

Guilherme Sobota

11 de novembro de 2016 | 10h29

FILE ? Leonard Cohen, the influential singer-songwriter, in New York in 1973. Cohen, whose gravely baritone and sophisticated songs of religion and love, depression and suicide, politics and war made him an unlikely and reluctant pop star, has died, it was announced on Nov. 10, 2016. He was 82. (Librado Romero/The New York Times)

Leonard Cohen em Nova York em 1973. Foto: Librado Romero/The New York Times

2016. Bowie, Prince e agora Leonard Cohen — apesar de Cohen não ter lançado uma profusão tão grande de gravações, foi muito ativo na fase final de sua vida, o que nos dá uma esperança de que novo material ainda venha à tona. Seu filho, o músico e produtor Adam Cohen, sempre demonstrou um carinho enorme em relação à obra do pai (ele foi o produtor principal do último álbum, You Want It Darker).

Mas os 14 discos que Cohen lançou em vida são uma das maiores coleções de canções que um compositor reuniu desde o surgimento da música popular, sem dúvida.

Selecionei uma música de cada álbum, com um trecho das letras, em ordem cronológica.

1) So Long, Marianne (Songs of Leonard Cohen, 1967)

Come over to the window, my little darling,
I’d like to try to read your palm.
I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy
before I let you take me home.

Now so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began
to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.

 

2) Bird on a Wire (Songs From a Room, 1969)

Like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.
Like a worm on a hook,
like a knight from some old fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons for thee.
If I, if I have been unkind,
I hope that you can just let it go by.
If I, if I have been untrue
I hope you know it was never to you.

 

3) Famous Blue Raincoat (Songs Of Love and Hate, 1971)

Ah, the last time we saw you you looked so much older
Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder
You’d been to the station to meet every train
And you came home without Lili Marlene

And you treated my woman to a flake of your life
And when she came back she was nobody’s wife.

Well I see you there with the rose in your teeth
One more thin gypsy thief
Well I see Jane’s awake —

She sends her regards.

 

4) Is This What You Wanted (New Skin For The Old Ceremony, 1974)

You were the promise at dawn,
I was the morning after.
You were Jesus Christ my Lord,
I was the money lender.
You were the sensitive woman,
I was the very reverend Freud.
You were the manual orgasm,
I was the dirty little boy.
And is this what you wanted
to live in a house that is haunted
by the ghost of you and me?

Is this what you wanted …

 

5) Death of a Ladies’ Man (Death of a Ladies’ Man, 1977)

So the great affair is over but whoever would have guessed
it would leave us all so vacant and so deeply unimpressed
It’s like our visit to the moon or to that other star
I guess you go for nothing if you really want to go that far.

 

6) The Gypsy’s Wife (Recent Songs, 1979)

Too early for the rainbow, too early for the dove
These are the final days, this is the darkness, this is the flood
And there is no man or woman who can’t be touched
But you who come between them will be judged

And where, where is my Gypsy wife tonight?…

 

7) Dance Me To The End of Love (Various Positions, 1984)

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic ‘til I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love
Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love

 

8) I’m Your Man (I’m Your Man, 1988)

Ah but a man never got a woman back
Not by begging on his knees
Or I’d crawl to you baby
And I’d fall at your feet
And I’d howl at your beauty
Like a dog in heat
And I’d claw at your heart
And I’d tear at your sheet
I’d say please, please
I’m your man

 

9) The Future (The Future, 1982)

You don’t know me from the wind
you never will, you never did
I’m the little jew
who wrote the Bible
I’ve seen the nations rise and fall
I’ve heard their stories, heard them all
but love’s the only engine of survival
Your servant here, he has been told
to say it clear, to say it cold:
It’s over, it ain’t going
any further
And now the wheels of heaven stop
you feel the devil’s riding crop
Get ready for the future:
it is murder

 

10) A Thousand Kisses Deep (Ten New Songs, 2001)

The ponies run, the girls are young,
The odds are there to beat.
You win a while, and then it’s done –
Your little winning streak.
And summoned now to deal
With your invincible defeat,
You live your life as if it’s real,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

 

11) The Letters (Dear Heather, 2004)

You never liked to get
The letters that I sent.
But now you’ve got the gist
Of what my letters meant.
You’re reading them again,
The ones you didn’t burn.
You press them to your lips,
My pages of concern.
I said there’d been a flood.
I said there’s nothing left.
I hoped that you would come.
I gave you my address.

 

12) Going Home (Old Ideas, 2012)

I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit

But he does say what I tell him
Even though it isn’t welcome
He just doesn’t have the freedom
To refuse

He will speak these words of wisdom
Like a sage, a man of vision
Though he knows he’s really nothing
But the brief elaboration of a tube

 

13) Almost Like The Blues (Popular Problems, 2014)

I have to die a little
Between each murderous thought
And when I’m finished thinking
I have to die a lot
There’s torture and there’s killing
And there’s all my bad reviews
The war, the children missing
Lord, it’s almost like the blues

 

14) Treaty (You Want It Darker, 2016)

I’ve seen you change the water into wine
I’ve seen you change it back to water, too
I sit at your table every night
I try but I just don’t get high with you
I wish there was a treaty we could sign
I do not care who takes this bloody hill
I’m angry and I’m tired all the time
I wish there was a treaty, I wish there was a treaty
Between your love and mine

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