Leonard Cohen

Well I stepped into an avalanche,
it covered up my soul;
when I am not this hunchback that you see,
I sleep beneath the golden hill.
You who wish to conquer pain,
you must learn, learn to serve me well.
You strike my side by accident
as you go down for your gold.
The cripple here that you clothe and feed
is neither starved nor cold;
he does not ask for your company,
not at the centre, the centre of the world.

When I am on a pedestal,
you did not raise me there.
Your laws do not compel me
to kneel grotesque and bare.
I myself am the pedestal
for this ugly hump at which you stare.

You who wish to conquer pain,
you must learn what makes me kind;
the crumbs of love that you offer me,
they’re the crumbs I’ve left behind.
Your pain is no credential here,
it’s just the shadow, shadow of my wound.

I have begun to long for you,
I who have no greed;
I have begun to ask for you,
I who have no need.

You say you’ve gone away from me,
but I can feel you when you breathe.

Do not dress in those rags for me,
I know you are not poor;
you don’t love me quite so fiercely now
when you know that you are not sure,
it is your turn, beloved,
it is your flesh that I wear.

Breve nota personale: quando andai al suo concerto a Lucca nel 2013, mi portai dietro questo LP, sperando di riuscire a farmelo autografare. Niente, manco fosse il papa o un presidente: a fine concerto lo hanno prelevato velocemente dal retro con un’auto scura e in men che non si dica era sparito, insieme alla mia pia illusione…
Però sono riuscita a farmi gabbare dagli organizzatori comprando la T-shirt di “I’m your man” a 30 euro (ne valeva al massimo 5 perché era tipo carta velina, e manco mi sta più.).
Mi vergogno a dire quanto mi è costato quel concerto, ancorché bellissimo.


1. Avalanche 
2. Last Year’s Man 
3. Dress Rehearsal Rag
4. Diamonds in the Mine 
5. Love Calls You By Your Name 
6. Famous Blue Raincoat 
7. Sing Another Song, Boys 
8. Joan of Arc 

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