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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby jesuswasasailor on Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:34 pm

It's hard to hold the hand of anyone
who is reaching for the sky just to surrender


But now another stranger seems
to want you to ignore his dreams
as though they were the burden of some other


And then taking from his wallet
an old schedule of trains, he'll say
I told you when I came I was a stranger


And my very favorite:

There's a crack in everything, and that's how the light gets in...
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby oblivion on Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:26 am

There´s nothing left to choose
and there´s so much more to loose

like a spool you turn and turn
but it won´t unwind


but you lost him in your freedom
and you need him now you´re wild


follow me the wise man said
but he walked behind


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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby B4real on Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:02 am

Hi ute,

oblivion wrote:like a spool you turn and turn
but it won´t unwind

I have a question about "spool". In the link below it is written as "spoon".
I think "spool" is actually more suitable but I was wondering which one is correct.

http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/storeroom.html
live words from Montreaux 1976

and not the official site but still 'spoon':
http://www.metrolyrics.com/store-room-lyrics-leonard-cohen.html

(I'm asking this because I used "spoon" in the picture game and was thinking that I may have led people astray)

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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby MaryB on Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:33 am

Love is the only engine of survival.
Today that line gets me. Tomorrow another of his lines will work.
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby Gwilo on Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:25 am

"I asked Hank Williams, how lonely does it get......
Hank Williams hasn't answered yet"

and with that little keyboard bit, it's just joyous.
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby glass on Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:26 pm

Today...

Show me slowly what I only know the limits of

If you want a lover
I'll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I'll wear a mask for you

So I knelt there
At the delta
And the alpha and the omega
And like a blessing come from heaving
For something like a second
I was healed and my heart
was at ease

And everything depends upon
how near you sleep to me
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby oblivion on Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:30 am

hi bev,
to be true
i´d never saw it written,
so i always heard spool....
have a nice week
ute
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby glass on Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:14 pm

And the night is all wrong

(That happens, sometimes)
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby mg477 on Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:00 am

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
through the graves the wind is blowing,
freedom soon will come;
then we'll come from the shadows.
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Lines that get you every time

Postby Thys on Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:15 am

Walk me to the corner
Our steps will always rhyme

First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

(got front row seats)
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby B4real on Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:12 am

oblivion wrote:hi bev,
to be true
i´d never saw it written,
so i always heard spool....
have a nice week
ute

I haven't checked this thread for a while. Thanks for the reply Ute.
I suppose we'll have to go with the written word. :)
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby Deena on Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:12 am

This waltz, this waltz, this waltz, this waltz,
With its very own breath of brandy and Death
Dragging its tail in the sea

All the bridges are burning that we might have crossed
But I feel so close to everything we lost
We'll never,
Never have to lose it again

I sang my song
I told my lies
To lie between your matchless thighs

She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne
She cut your hair

( always heard this as broke your throat)

Bless the continuous stutter
Of the word being made into flesh

And who shall I say is calling

I can't stop - this is foolish - I may as well quote absolutely everything
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby joyezekiel on Sun May 06, 2012 9:25 pm

O solitude of longing
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby merton on Sun May 06, 2012 11:13 pm

I’m tired of choosing desire
Been saved by a sweet fatigue
The gates of commitment unwired
And nobody trying to leave

- Crazy To Love You
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Re: Lines that get you every time

Postby Steven on Mon May 07, 2012 1:50 am

Hi Merton,

I think he's got that fatigue down as "blessed." Either way, those lines also get me every time, as does the
entire song.

I've been most partial to these lines of "Crazy To Love You":

Sometimes I'd head for the highway
I'm old and the mirrors don't lie
But crazy has places to hide me
Deeper than saying goodbye.

I like the way they read and the way they are vocalized by Anjani on Blue Alert and on Old Ideas by Leonard.
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