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#9: Places You Took Me

Followed your silhouette
From the band shell
To the Bowery

Never turned your head
While moving your legs
You made quiet company

Always pondering
Your next experiment
Now I wonder where
Our chapters went

Places you took me
Faces who knew me
Because of you

You wanted to excavate
The bones of my
Neighborhood

Said you were different
From those girls
Who thought they understood

Well honey that used to be the home
Of Rudolph Valentino
And these midnight spray-painters
Believe Mussolini a hero

Places I took you
Phases you passed through
Cause of me

Well I guess we were too different
In that way
Similar people can be

My father was a bookie
Yours was a professor of philosophy

But god it felt so right
Strolling in Strawberry Fields
With our glasses of moonlight
Places you took me
Faces who knew me
Because of you

Places I took you
Phases you passed through
Cause of me

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A Thousand Kisses Deep by Leonard Cohen

You came to me this morning

And you handled me like meat.

You´d have to be a man 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.

You see, 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.

I know you had to lie to me,

I know you had to cheat.

To pose all hot and high behind

the veils of sheer deceit

Our perfect porn aristocrat

So elegant and cheap

I’m old, but I’m still into that

A thousand kisses deep

I’m good at love, I’m good at hate

It’s in between I freeze

I’d work it out but it’s too late

It’s been too late for years

But you look good, you really do

They love you on the street

If you were here I’d kneel for you

A thousand kisses deep

The Autumn moved across your skin

Got something in my eye

A light that doesn’t need to live

Doesn’t need to die

A riddle in the book of love

obscure and obsolete

To be witnessed here in time and blood

A thousand kisses deep

And I’m still working with the wine

Still dancing cheek to cheek

The band is playing Auld Lang Syne

But the heart will not retreat

I ran with Diz I sang with Ray –

I did not have their sweep –

But once or twice, they let me play

A thousand kisses deep

I loved you when you opened

Like a lily to the heat

You see, 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

But you don’t need to hear me now

And every word I speak

It counts against me anyhow

A thousand kisses deep


Christmastime in New York


Inside

Paradise

On city property

Where the thirsty shadows

Took our virginity

Inside, inside

Safe

A safe place

From outside

Outside

They wait

A boy

Wants to love

A boy

Has to hate

To survive

In his mind

I had a dream

It was

Only us

Past the gate

The guard was sleeping

We could hide

Inside, inside


Confetti

Midnight

The ashes of our ideals

Floated like New Year’s confetti

………………………………

Through the tunnel of apathy

You taught literature to me

In defiance of gravity

………………………………….

The pressure can kill you slowly

Or immediately

The victory can seem

Affirming

Or temporary

Rally around my stone set beliefs

Rally around my stone set beliefs

…………………………..

The comedown!

Will come around

The comedown!

Will come around

…………………………..

Well it was daylight

You were unsteady

We changed the outrage

But the details were petty

……………………………

Intellectual arrogance

A burden too heavy

The college philosopher

Never said a word to me

……………………………..

In the middle of a dream

With a metal factory

With a car and salary

With a burning city

With the guilty

And their aggressive pity

With a million facts to believe

And a VIP cemetery


End Credits

End Credits

Manny goes to the movies 
Sits by himself in the dark

His friends get loaded 
In the park

Manny watches the credits 
And waits until they ask him to leave

The people on the screen disappeared 
Like his lovers in a dream

Manny wanders outside the theater 
And feels the heavy summer air

He never tells his father he left 
His father doesn’t care

Manny has to return 
To what he left behind

What he abandoned for the theater 
The place where there’s peace in his mind

Why end the movie 
Why end the movie 
Why end the movie 
Why end the movie


The Journalist

 

We were crossing the street/You said it was yours/The parks, avenues, and alleyways/You told me true love/Is a sense of place

I wrote it down/It’s my career/Those are my words between the advertisements/ I’m the substance beyond the veneer.

I’m like you/ Owing reality seven payments/Are we so different/Should you judge/My artistic estrangement

(chorus)

You cute little romantic/You said I stole/Do you deserve a merit badge/For trying to fill you soul’s hole.

I guess I wouldn’t need to keep you honest/If you didn’t have to hate my existence/As an inconvenience to your passion play/ You’re the kind of person who tells someone to go/When you want to beg them to stay/


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