Freitag, 4. Februar 2011

sisters of mercy

Cohen hat sich in diversen Interviews (z.B. hier) ausführlicher (und mit zum Teil sehr unterschiedlichen Details...) geäußert. Für ihn war es einmalig, dass er für diesen Song nur ein paar Stunden (eine Nacht) brauchte, und er spielte ihn den beiden am nächsten Morgen vor.
(Die für mich schönste Zeile: "You can read their address by the moon". Eine wunderbar poetische Botschaft!)

by: detlev bölter

Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on.
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
Oh I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long.

Yes you who must leave everything that you cannot control.
It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul.
Well I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how you're pinned:
When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned.

Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them.
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.

When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon.
Don't turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon.
And you won't make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night:
We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be all right,
We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be all right.

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