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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen – By the rivers dark

“I did not know and I could not see
who was waiting there, who was hunting me.

by the rivers dark, where it all goes on;
by the rivers dark, in Babylon.”

Leonard Cohen

Canada: Leonard Cohen – By the rivers dark

“By the rivers dark, I wandered on.
I lived my life in Babylon.

And I did forget my holy song:
And I had no strength in  Babylon.

By the rivers dark , where I could not see
Who was waiting there, who was hunting me.

And he cut my lip and he cut my heart.
So I could not drink from the river dark.

And he covered me, and I saw within,
My lawless heart and my wedding ring,

I did not know and I could not see
Who was waiting there, who was hunting me.

By the rivers dark, I panicked on.
I belonged at last to Babylon.

Then he struck my heart, with a deadly force,
And he said,  
˜This heart: It is not yours.”

And he gave the wind my wedding ring;
And he circled us with everything.

By the rivers dark, In a wounded dawn,
I live my life  in Babylon.

Though I take my song, from a withered limb,
Both song and tree, they sing for him.

Be the truth unsaid and the blessing gone,
If I forget my Babylon.

I did not know and I could not see
Who was waiting there, who was hunting me.

By the rivers dark, where it all goes on;
By the rivers dark, in Babylon.”

By the Rivers Dark
Choreography: John Malashock, Malashock Dance (http://www.MalashockDance.org)
Music: Leonard Cohen
Dancers: Heidi Kershaw & Christine Marshall

From the Malashock Dance production Shadow of Mercy, performed April 19, 2009,
at the Garfield Theatre in La Jolla, CA. More information athttp://www.MalashockDance.org

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