A magic cure

I get up too late
The day is lost
I don’t bless the rooster
I don’t raise my hands to the water
Then it’s dark
and I look into all the spots
on rue St-Denis
I even talk religion
to the other wastrels
who, like me, are after new women
In bed I fall asleep
in the middle of a Psalm
which I am reading
for a magic cure

– Leonard Cohen

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4 responses to “A magic cure

  1. I love Leonard Cohen, but have never read his lyrics. I suspected an underlying spirituality to his music. What song is this (and the prior one)?

    Thanks,

  2. Hi Christian, these two are not songs but poems from his most recent collection: ‘Book of Longing’.

  3. Well that explains that. Thanks, I’ll check it out.

  4. I feel like I should look into his poetry, being a huge fan of his lyrics. “Suzanne” is a personal favorite… in Nina Simone’s rendition. In fact, I think it used to be a poem before it became a song.

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