Happy 82nd Birthday To Leonard Cohen – Our Canadian Treasure

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted September 21st, 2016 on Niagara At Large

May seem hard to believe for any of us who can remember when he first emerged on the scene as a poet/songwriter/singer out of Montreal, Quebec with a captivating album of lyric rich songs like Suzanne, Sisters of Mercy and So Long, Mariane.

Leonard Cohen as some of us remember him when he first arrived on the scene in the 1960s.

Leonard Cohen as some of us remember him when he first arrived on the scene in the 1960s.

Yes, it may seem hard to believe, but this September 21st is (was)Leonard Cohen’s 82nd birthday. And fortunately, Canada’s poet of darkness and a treasure of an artist we share with the world, is still writing and recording songs.

His latest song, released on this birthday and played a couple of times in celebration to him on CBC radio, is called ‘You Want It Darker’ and is everything you want want from someone who can take us on a long day’s journey into night like practically no one else on the planet.

Happy Birthday Leonard, and here are the complete lyrics of  You Want It Darker –

If you are the dealer
I’m out of the game
If you are the healer
Means I’m broken and lame
If thine is the glory
Then mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Magnified, sanctified
Be Thy Holy Name
Vilified, crucified
In the human frame
A million candles burning
For the help that never came
You want it darker

Hineni Hineni
I’m ready, my Lord

There’s a lover in the story
But the story’s still the same
There’s a lullaby for suffering
And a paradox to blame
But it’s written in the scriptures
And it’s not some idle claim
You want it darker
We kill the flame

They’re lining up the prisoners and
The guards are taking aim
I struggled with some demons
They were middle-class and tame
I didn’t know I had permission
To murder and to maim
You want it darker

Hineni Hinen
I’m ready, my Lord

Magnified, sanctified
Be Thy Holy Name
Vilified, crucified
In the human frame
A million candles burning
For the love that never came
You want it darker
We kill the flame

If you are the dealer
Let me out of the game
If you are the healer
I’m broken and lame
If thine is the glory
Mine must be the shame
You want it darker

Hineni Hineni…..this line repeated
I’m ready, my Lord

Now here the song and watch the video

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