“Anthem” by Leonard Cohen

Anthem lyrics

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government —
signs for all to see.

I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring …

You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by attraversiamodarmaz on February 22, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    beautiful song! his voice reminds me of someone lingering at the back of my brain…cowboy junkies???perhaps not, but very distinctive all the same…we were listening to it as we ate pizza and when they said, “we ask for signs” Spencer said, ” We ask for sex???”
    I clarified.
    Why did he think he heard that?

    Reply

  2. I’d love to know your thoughts on the whole song/peom.

    His voice is so interesting. I”ve never heard of him before. It’s so deep and breathy. You usually don’t hear those two things together…at least I haven’t.

    Reply

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