Happy Seventy-Two to You, Dear Leonard...

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Happy Seventy-Two to You, Dear Leonard...

Post by lizzytysh » Fri Sep 15, 2006 12:46 am

Dear Leonard ~

Seventy-two now calls you...
and with the years, time mounts,
as your life keeps looking up.

May the love of your
friends, close family, and
dearest neighbour-companion,
remain forever yours.

May good fortune
and happy heart
be always with you,
as you look forward...
with gratitude.

So many have dreamt
and may finally realize
their dream of seeing you Live...
since joined energies,
new songs,
and an impatient
little book
changed your horizon.

May you, once again, prosper
in your joyousness and calm...
and may I, once again,
be amongst the crowd.

In honour of 21 September 2006,
Happy Birthday, Leonard...
I'm grateful to you
and for you.

Love always,
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Post by sandman » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:18 am

72?! and dylan is 64?...

seem like a life time ago when l first heard their songs...

yes happy birthday and long may we grow old together.
who should l say is calling?
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Post by Fljotsdale » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:01 pm

Happy birthday, Leonard. May the year ahead be better than the year past.
Only just found this video of LC:
http://ca.youtube.com/user/leonardcohen?ob=4" target="_blank

This one does make me cry.
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happy birthday to ya

Post by mirrormist » Sat Sep 16, 2006 3:03 am

So LC, you’re now seventy two, I didn’t realise I was that much younger than you
I know you didn’t notice me at the Isle of Wight, I didn’t hear you either so that’s alright
It’s not that I forgot or didn’t care, hey the sixties ended; who remembers being there?
but you were in my room when I had my first shag, covering Dylan, supporting my fags
take a rest no need of a song; for sure you’ve given more than enough to be going on
so put your feet up and take your rest as I’m more than content just to wish you the best.

fags=cigarettes:) it's abit thing:)
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Happy Birthday

Post by phillip » Sat Sep 16, 2006 10:27 am

Happy Birthday Leonard Hope you have a great day

your Hard Core fan from UK

I have been a Leonard Cohen fan for 28 years feel free to email me if you wish to keep in touch!
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Post by Boss » Sat Sep 16, 2006 12:30 pm

I thank you for your song Mr. Cohen. It beats along as I walk in the sun and the rain. I dance to it; am assured by it. 72 is not old - 'today is the first day of the rest of your life'.

Toda raba always

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Post by jarkko » Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:10 am


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Post by Andrew (Darby) » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:47 am

Yes, Happy Birthday indeed, Leonard - I wish you the most wonderful of days! :D

Of course, you are also welcome to our birthday celebration for you "down under" in Toowoomba on the 23rd & 24th, even though it is quite a trip! :wink:

Cheers :)
Andrew (Darby)
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I only sing the tunes
The sadness of the seasons
The madness of the moons'
~ Mervyn Peake ~
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Post by dick » Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:59 pm

Linda and I add our best wishes for a wonderful birthday Leonard. We also anxiously await tour news for this next year.

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To Leonard in his birthday

Post by Sandra » Wed Sep 20, 2006 6:03 pm

To be seventeen again (Violeta Parra)

To be seventeen again when you have lived a century
Is like deciphering signs without being a wise man
To be suddenly as fragile as a second
To feel as profoundly as a child in front of God
This is what I feel in this rich moment

My feelings are tangled like ivy on a wall
And they spread like moss growing on a rock
Like moss on a rock.

Love is like a whirlwind of original purity
Even to the wild animal it murmurs its sweet trill
It gives the wanderers rest, frees the prisoners
Love, with its care, turns the old man into a child
And only with love do the evil return to goodness and honesty.


My steps go back as yours move forward
The rainbow of our alliance has penetrated my nest
With all its colors it has passed through my veins
And the strong chain with which we tie destiny
Is like a diamond that illuminates my serene soul


What emotions can do, knowledge cannot.
Nor can the clearest actions, nor the broadest thoughts
Everything changes the moment the gracious magician
Removes us gently from animosity and violence
Only love, with its knowledge, returns us to our innocence


As if by enchantment the window flew wide open
In came love with its cloak, like a warm morning
and the sound of beautiful Diana* made the jasmine bloom
A flying Seraphim placed jewels in the sky for me
And the Cherubim changed my years to seventeen

Volver a los diecisiete (Violeta Parra)

Volver a los diecisiete después de vivir un siglo
Es como descifrar signos sin ser sabio competente
Volver a ser de repente tan frágil como un segundo
Volver a sentir profundo como un niño frente a Dios
Eso es lo que siento yo en este instante fecundo

Se va enredando, enredando como en el muro la hiedra
Y va brotando, brotando como el musguito en la piedra
como el musguito en la piedra, Ai, sí, sí, sí

El amor es tordellino de pureza original
Hasta el feroz animal susurra su dulce trino
Detiene los peregrinos libera los prisioneros
El amor con sus esmeros al viejo lo vuelve niño
Y al malo solo el cariño lo vuelve puro y sincero


Mi paso retrocedido cuando el de ustedes avanza
El arco de las alianzas ha penetrado en mi nido
Con todo su colorido se ha paseado por mis venas
Y hasta la dura cadena con que nos ata el destino
Es como un diamante fino que alumbra mi alma serena


Lo que puede el sentimiento no lo ha podido el saber
Ni el más claro proceder ni el más ancho pensamiento
Todo lo cambia el momento cual mago condescendiente
Nos aleja dulcemente de rencores y violencia
Sólo el amor con su ciencia nos vuelve tan inocentes


De par en par la ventana se abrió como por encanto
Entró el amor con su manto como una tibia mañana
Y al son de su bella Diana hizo brotar el jazmín
Volando cual serafin al cielo me puso aretes
Y mis años en diecisiete los convirtó el querubín

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Post by Pete » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:11 pm

Happy Birthday Leonard

Have a good day

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Post by Andrew McGeever » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:29 pm

Dear Leonard,
Have a Happy 72nd Birthday!
With love and best wishes from Scotland,
Andrew McGeever.
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Post by Maarten » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:32 pm

Happy birthday, Leonard!

Greetings from Belgium,

2008 Manchester | Bruges | Amsterdam | London | 2x Brussels | Rotterdam |2x London
2009 New York | Cologne | Antwerp | Venice | Colmar | Barcelona | Las Vegas | San José
2010 Salzburg | 2x Sligo | Helsinki | 3x Ghent | Lille | 2x Las Vegas
2012 5x Ghent | 2x A'dam | Helsinki | Dublin | Verona | 3x Paris | Lisboa
2013 Paris | Antwerp | Oberhausen | Brussels | Pula | Rotterdam | Amsterdam | 2x Wellington | Auckland
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Post by lightning » Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:53 am

What has no birthday cannot feel old, and yet it lights the candles and takes the cake. Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen.
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Happy Seventy-Two to You, Dear Leonard...

Post by Natalie » Thu Sep 21, 2006 6:54 am

Happy Birthday Leonard!!!! Here are the lyrics to a song I wrote that I would love you to sing someday -- it would really suit your voice.

Tennessee Sunset

Don’t you come here anymore
To the Tennessee Sunset
The birds will sing the birds will soar
Yes it’s the thought that you can never forget

Please do you remember
The Tennessee Sunset
We were going to live young we were going to live forever
With no mistakes and no regrets

Do you go back just once in awhile
To the Tennessee Sunset
We drove that truck for miles and miles
To return to where we first met

I kept the flowers that you gave to me
Dried them in a scrapbook so very carefully
And I look in the shade for your silhouette
Down in the hollow of the Tennessee Sunset

Fire is burning I lit it for you
And the Tennessee Sunset
It was all that I had it was all that I knew
It was all I was ever going to get

I see your eyes in the Memphis sky
Your smile in the Tennessee Sunset
I could ask you what and I could ask you why
Your blue is so dripping wet

We’ll come here again my only love
To the Tennessee Sunset
I look at my shoes then I look above
With never a single regret

I kept the flowers that you gave to me
Dried them in a scrapbook so very carefully
And I look in the shade for your silhouette
Down in the hollow of the Tennessee Sunset

Have a wonderful birthday.


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