L. Cohen: NYC Concert

[lyrics below]

I was going with low expectations on this.  Mostly seeing an old man that had accompanied my childhood.  A singer that my parents saw in concert when they were young!

And yet, this was one of the best concert of my life.   A full 3h45min of honest, lucid show.   A real poet.

A man likely in the last years of his life, who faces time with dignity and grâce and still gives you chills with his words.

His kindness towards the public and his musicians created a really warm feel.  He was referring the us as “friends” and it felt as such.

He played most of his big hits – Suzanne, Like a Bird, Hallelujah, Chelsea Hotel, Anthem, Famous Blue Raincoat… to name just a few.

I didn’t now his latest 2012 CD, so I was pleasantly surprised when I heard “Going Home” last night.

 


“Going Home”

I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit

But he does say what I tell him
Even though it isn’t welcome
He just doesn’t have the freedom
To refuse

He will speak these words of wisdom
Like a sage, a man of vision
Though he knows he’s really nothing
But the brief elaboration of a tube

Going home
Without my sorrow
Going home
Sometime tomorrow
Going home
To where it’s better
Than before

Going home
Without my burden
Going home
Behind the curtain
Going home
Without the costume
That I wore

He wants to write a love song
An anthem of forgiving
A manual for living with defeat

A cry above the suffering
A sacrifice recovering
But that isn’t what I need him
To complete

I want him to be certain
That he doesn’t have a burden
That he doesn’t need a vision
That he only has permission
To do my instant bidding
Which is to say what I have told him
To repeat

Going home
Without my sorrow
Going home
Sometime tomorrow
Going home
To where it’s better
Than before

Going home
Without my burden
Going home
Behind the curtain
Going home
Without this costume
That I wore

Going home
Without the sorrow
Going home
Sometime tomorrow
Going home
To where it’s better
Than before

Going home
Without the burden
Going home
Behind the curtain
Going home
Without this costume
That I wore

I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit