Light as the Breeze

Debate on Leonard Cohen's poetry (and novels), both published and unpublished. Song lyrics may also be discussed here.
kendal
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Light as the Breeze

Postby kendal » Tue May 19, 2009 1:14 am

What would you say the theme in Light as the Breeze is.
Cate
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Re: Light as the Breeze

Postby Cate » Tue May 19, 2009 2:45 am

Cunnilingus

what do you think it's about?
What are you hearing, what do you see/feel when you read it? there's no right answer.

Here's the Lyrics
She stands before you naked
you can see it, you can taste it,
and she comes to you light as the breeze.
Now you can drink it or you can nurse it,
it don't matter how you worship
as long as you're
down on your knees.

So I knelt there at the delta,
at the alpha and the omega,
at the cradle of the river and the seas.
And like a blessing come from heaven
for something like a second
I was healed and my heart
was at ease.

O baby I waited
so long for your kiss
for something to happen,
oh something like this.

And you're weak and you're harmless
and you're sleeping in your harness
and the wind going wild
in the trees,
and it ain't exactly prison
but you'll never be forgiven
for whatever you've done
with the keys.

O baby I waited ...

It's dark now and it's snowing
O my love I must be going,
The river has started to freeze.
And I'm sick of pretending
I'm broken from bending
I've lived too long on my knees.

Then she dances so graceful
and your heart's hard and hateful
and she's naked
but that's just a tease.
And you turn in disgust
from your hatred and from your love
and comes to you
light as the breeze.

O baby I waited ...

There's blood on every bracelet
you can see it, you can taste it,
and it's Please baby
please baby please.
And she says, Drink deeply, pilgrim
but don't forget there's still a woman
beneath this
resplendent chemise.

So I knelt there at the delta,
at the alpha and the omega,
I knelt there like one who believes.
And the blessings come from heaven
and for something like a second
I'm cured and my heart
is at ease.
Kendal - I'm not trying to be insulting or patronizing with the below, I don't know where you're starting from.
{ some questions you might want to ask are ...

Why is he specifically using the words delta, alpha and omega.
In what way is he cured - how is he meaning heart (does he mean that literally)?
Why is he a pilgrim? .... who is the you? ...}
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Re: Light as the Breeze

Postby lazariuk » Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:53 pm

Cate wrote:Cunnilingus
Well you found out what a woman would like you to think. What do you think?
Everything being said to you is true; Imagine what it is true of.
Cate
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Re: Light as the Breeze

Postby Cate » Tue Jun 02, 2009 7:42 am

What do you think?
He probably thinks that I wasn't very helpful to his homework.
Well you found out what a woman would like you to think.
respectfully no that's not what I wanted him to think - my one word answer was a one word answer on purpose, I also used a sterile term on purpose.
I wanted Kendal to think whatever he wanted to think - my guess was that he liked the oral sex aspect of the song, but if he had felt that the song was about river rafting down the blue nile or a prayer for Gaia that would have been cool. Personally I like to think Alpha and omega are references to the convergence of the masculine (alpha) and the feminine (omega) and that the act of love is an act embracing and accepting both.


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