A Leonard Cohen Song

On the occasion the release of his latest long-playing record, ‘Thanks for the Dance’, here’s a song of thanks for Leonard Cohen.

 

A Singer Sang a Song

 

To you, far off but sailing near,

to you, so close you disappear,

and you, whose distance is unclear –

            a singer did not get you wrong,

                        a singer sang your very song,

                                    a singer sang your song.

 

To you, who chose to choose your face,

to you, who grew a carapace,

and you, stealing another’s grace –

          a singer did not get you wrong,

                        a singer sang your very song,

                                    a singer sang your song.

 

A singer backed your alibis

            and bought into your schemes,

a singer credited your lies,

            anatomised your dreams,

a singer gathered every word

            and made of them a song,

and then he chuckled as he heard

            you start to sing along –

 

to you, who narrowed into bone,

to you, who fought to be alone,

and you, whose chair became a throne –

      a singer did not get you wrong,

                        a singer sang your very song,

                                    a singer sang your song.