Saturday, April 4, 2009

So last night was the big Leonard Cohen show. The day started off kind of meh. Computer problems, tons of people around Deep Ellum causing parking for our pre-concert meal to be a pain and the seats were not as good as I thought. Then the lights went down, the show began and that all went away.

This show was absolutely amazing. Not only did Cohen sound amazing, and do little skips on/off stage, but he played for three glorious hours. It is hard to express what a joy it was to see this legend on tour at age 74, but I am so glad I spent the money on the tickets.

The highlight of the evening for me would have to be Cohen's spoken word version of "A Thousand Kisses Deep." Here are the words for your enjoyment.

You came to me this morning
And you handled me like meat.
You´d have to live alone to know
How good that feels, how sweet.
My mirror twin, my next of kin,
I´d know you in my sleep.
And who but you would take me in
A thousand kisses deep?

I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat.
I´m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet,
Who loved you with his frozen love
His second-hand physique -
With all he is, and all he was
A thousand kisses deep.

All soaked in sex, and pressed against
The limits of the sea:
I saw there were no oceans left
For scavengers like me.
We made it to the forward deck
I blessed our remnant fleet -
And then consented to be wrecked
A thousand kisses deep.

I know you had to lie to me,
I know you had to cheat.
But the Means no longer guarantee
The Virtue in Deceit.
That truth is bent, that beauty spent,
That style is obsolete -
Ever since the Holy Spirit went
A thousand kisses deep.

(So what about this Inner Light
That´s boundless and unique?
I´m slouching through another night
A thousand kisses deep.)

I´m turning tricks; I´m getting fixed,
I´m back on Boogie Street.
I tried to quit the business -
Hey, I´m lazy and I´m weak.
But sometimes when the night is slow,
The wretched and the meek,
We gather up our hearts and go
A thousand kisses deep.

(And fragrant is the thought of you,
The file on you complete -
Except what we forgot to do
A thousand kisses deep.)

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.

(I jammed with Diz and Dante -
I did not have their sweep -
But once or twice, they let me play
A thousand kisses deep.)

And I´m still working with the wine,
Still dancing cheek to cheek.
The band is playing "Auld Lang Syne" -
The heart will not retreat.
And maybe I had miles to drive,
And promises to keep -
You ditch it all to stay alive
A thousand kisses deep.

And now you are the Angel Death
And now the Paraclete;
And now you are the Savior's Breath
And now the Belsen heap.
No turning from the threat of love,
No transcendental leap -
As witnessed here in time and blood
A thousand kisses deep.

Here is a video of Cohen performing this as he did last night.


Andrew said...

I just saw Mr Cohen this last Saturday night gone (6 November 2010) in Brisbane ,Australia. This for me was also the highlight and there were many. The beauty of the delivery and the tempo was amazing. He did repeat the second verse (incuding the snowman line) at the end. He is now 76(?). If I could recite one poem like that when I reach that age ( along time away as yet) I would be happy, but to sing and talk and play for 3 hours albeit with probably the most talented and gifted backing band I have ever experienced (though some would say this adds even more pressure) was nothing short of extraordinary. Thanks for sharing this Damon cheers Andrew

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