Day 1 – Lyric challenge

Anthem – Lyrical Challenge Day 1

A big thank you for this challenge nomination to https://ojspride.wordpress.com If you haven’t been to her blog then you really must, it is vibrant and full of all sorts of things to read and enjoy, and OJ is a great host and a generous conversationalist.

 

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Leonard Cohen 1934 – 2017

 

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 ask 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 …

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 …

Ring the bells …

Leonard Cohen ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Released in 1992.

 

I now nominate the following three bloggers:

WoollyMuses

A Voice From Iran

Moira

 

Paul,

pvcann.com

12 Comments

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12 responses to “Day 1 – Lyric challenge

  1. exquisite, thanks 🙂

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  2. Thanks for sharing this gem by Leonard Choen. I recently went to Montreal and there was this huge mural of Cohen painted on side of the building, cause because it was his hometown.Also, went to his grave,

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  3. Thanks for participating & thank you so much for the compliment Paul 🙌 &, Nice lyrics you’ve chosen….. Though, have never listened to this song, but this is my favorite line;

    “Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.” Nice share

    Liked by 1 person

  4. lync56

    His words are so powerful and I can hear the music he put them as I read – so emotive

    >

    Liked by 1 person

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