Leonard Cohen – The Future (Live in London)

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  1. Give me back my broken night

    My mirrored room, my secret life

    it's lonely here, there's no one left to torture

    Give me absolute control

    Over every living soul

    And lie beside me, baby, that's an order!

    Give me crack and anal sex

    Take the only tree that's left

    and stuff it up the hole in your culture

    Give me back the Berlin wall

    give me Stalin and St Paul

    I've seen the future, brother:

    it is murder.

    Things are going to slide, slide in all directions

    Won't be nothing

    Nothing you can measure anymore

    The blizzard, the blizzard of the world

    has crossed the threshold

    and it has overturned

    the order of the soul.

    When they said REPENT REPENT

    I wonder what they meant

    When they said REPENT REPENT

    I wonder what they meant

    When they said REPENT REPENT

    I wonder what they meant.

    You don't know me from the wind

    you never will, you never did

    I'm the little Jew

    who wrote the Bible

    I've seen the nations rise and fall

    I've heard their stories, heard them all

    but love's the only engine of survival

    You're servant here, he has been told

    to say it clear, to say it cold:

    It's over, it ain't going any further

    And now the wheels of heaven stop

    you feel the devil's riding crop

    Get ready for the future:

    it is murder.

    Things are going to slide, slide in all directions

    Won't be nothing

    Nothing you can measure anymore

    The blizzard, the blizzard of the world

    has crossed the threshold

    and it has overturned

    the order of the soul.

    When they said REPENT REPENT

    I wonder what they meant

    When they said REPENT REPENT

    I wonder what they meant

    When they said REPENT REPENT

    I wonder what they meant.

    There'll be the breaking of the ancient western code

    Your private life will suddenly explode

    There'll be phantoms

    There'll be fires on the road

    and the white man dancing

    You'll see a woman

    hanging upside down

    her features covered by her fallen gown

    and all the lousy little poets coming round

    tryin' to sound like Charlie Manson

    and the white man dancin'.

    Give me back the Berlin wall

    Give me Stalin and St Paul

    Give me Christ

    or give me Hiroshima

    Destroy another fetus now

    We don't like children anyhow

    I've seen the future, baby:

    it is murder.

  2. I think Leonard Cohen really was both a poet and a prophet…or as he put it, one of the little Jews that wrote the Bible. L'chaim!

  3. This man is amazing! Like a fine wine. Gets better with age. That voice! That voice! It's so haunting, dark and beautiful. I love his voice when he was older. R.I.P. A legend!

  4. This mean to live , for real, a full life…and left something notable after U !!! RIP!! Chapeau, SIR!!!

  5. I'm the little Jew who wrote the Bible 🤣 I think I would have liked this guy. Think I'll buy a black fedora.
    Yes I'll live in London. Wherever she leads me I will follow my Love.

  6. He copted out on the lyrics at 00' 39'' when he sang 'Give me crack and careless sex' when the true lyric is ' Give me crack and anal sex'

    I wish artists would stand by the integrety of their work and refuse to give in to any form of censorship.

  7. "When they said repent, repent, repent…I wonder what they meant." La Shana Tova, which is Yiddish for behave yourself, be a mensch, set yourself up for failure. On this manufactured holy day, I'd like to formally invite everyone I'm lucky enough to love, have loved once, or will love at some future time I cannot see, to ignore the impulse to behave.

    L'Chaim!

    #YomKippur2019

  8. Give me back my broken night
    My mirrored room, my secret life
    It's lonely here,
    There's no one left to torture
    Give me absolute control
    Over every living soul
    And lie beside me, baby
    That's an order
    Give me crack and anal sex
    Take the only tree that's left
    And stuff it up the hole
    In your culture
    Give me back the Berlin wall
    Give me Stalin and St. Paul
    I've seen the future, brother
    It is murder
    Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
    Won't be nothing
    Nothing you can measure anymore
    The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
    Has crossed the threshold
    And it has overturned
    The order of the soul
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    You don't know me from the wind
    You never will, you never did
    I'm the little Jew
    Who wrote the Bible
    I've seen the nations rise and fall
    I've heard their stories, heard them all
    But love's the only engine of survival
    Your servant here, he has been told
    To say it clear, to say it cold
    It's over, it ain't going
    Any further
    And now the wheels of heaven stop
    You feel the devil's riding crop
    Get ready for the future
    It is murder
    Things are going to slide
    Slide in all directions
    Won't be nothing
    Nothing you can measure anymore
    The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
    Has crossed the threshold
    And it has overturned
    The order of the soul
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    There'll be the breaking of the ancient
    Western code
    Your private life will suddenly explode
    There'll be phantoms
    There'll be fires on the road
    And the white man dancing
    You'll see a woman
    Hanging upside down
    Her features covered by her fallen gown
    And all the lousy little poets
    Coming round
    Tryin' to sound like Charlie Manson
    And the white man dancin'
    Give me back the Berlin wall
    Give me Stalin and St. Paul
    Give me Christ or give me Hiroshima
    Destroy another fetus now
    We don't like children anyhow
    I've seen the future, baby
    it is murder
    Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
    Won't be nothing
    Nothing you can measure anymore
    The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
    Has crossed the threshold
    And it has overturned
    The order of the soul
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)
    I wonder what they meant
    When they said (they said) repent (repent), repent (repent)

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