"If it be Your will."

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"If it be Your will."

Postby littlebitlonger » Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:23 pm

This song I had on a casette in the mid 80's.
Today I heard it on the "I'm Your Man" soundtrack
sung by Anthony. Marvellous version.

I got the desire to say a few words about it.
It seems a flood of tears could be released
listening to it.

I had a feeling with that simple equipment, just a little carriable recorder
in a small apartment after having separated from the woman
I talk of nowadaýs as still being a close friend, a soul mate.
I had just a few casettes, and maybe this song was part of a program
where a man played Cohen and talked, resonated inbetween of the music.

It is like religion, the kind close to, one with life.
The religion Ziggy Marley sang about here the other day,
"love is my religion".

Moving into deeper layers as it moves on, like other songs of LC.
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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby lizzytysh » Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:21 am

I always enjoy your comments, Vilmos.


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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby KjeXXXer » Tue Jul 24, 2007 11:32 am

'm thinking of doing a heavy metal cover version of this song. Only, it would be good and not at all as terrible as the idea sounds.
Now you've got the gist of what my lettuce meant.
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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby littlebitlonger » Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:59 pm

Thanks Lizzy.
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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby KjeXXXer » Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:20 pm

Nah, I'm talkin big fat guitars and loudness. :D
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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby Philwilli » Sun Aug 05, 2007 1:37 am

Here you can see Anthony sing "If it be your will"Vilmos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MDlMdu2gjw


It's one of my favorite LC songs and yes, it can make the tears flow.
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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby Sebby » Sun Aug 05, 2007 6:36 pm

Anthony's version is pretty interesting. His character pumps a lot into a song...but Cohen's voice...that voice does something to this song. I find so many of his songs are prayers...and the voice just lifts them to much higher. Anthony's version makes If it be Your Will less of a prayer for me.
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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby LauraL » Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:55 am

but Cohen's voice...that voice does something to this song.
the words caress your mind but that voice touchs your very soul.........
..saying your words were not empty ,
makes them no less hollow

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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby Stranger » Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:40 pm

Somehow this song is on my mind all the time these days. It has everything that LC stands for for me.
" ........... if one can describe as serious the confused comedy of our lives". Graham Greene, "The Comedians".
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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby Grecian man » Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:33 pm

In the came so far for beauty tour in dublin earlier this year Anthony sang
If it be your will & you know who I am . Best artist of the night by far
Most of the people who want to live forever don't know what to do
with themselves on a wet sunday afternoon ...........
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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby Red Poppy » Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:26 am

Grecian - disagree with you - I think Antony is pomp-rock.
For me, the young Thompson chap was miles ahead of anyone but then he didn't pick it up off the streets.
But that's just an opinion.
The real purpose of this message is to ask Laural - Where is the soul?
And while you're at it, can you tell me - Where is the mind?
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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby jimbo » Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:09 am

This is my favourite song of all.........
love is not forgotten......
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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby Birdonawire » Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:10 am

Sorry RP, but Thompson's voice goes right through my head. He sounds very monotone and flat (to me anyhow). I agree with Grecian that Antony was incredible but I think Cave was by far best. Out of the whole line-up I could do without Thompson most. Cocker was a close second to Cave.
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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby glida » Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:36 am

For me.........the Wainwright, Wasser, et. al version of Hallelujah. Too bad it never made the cd soundtrack.

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Re: "If it be Your will."

Postby KjeXXXer » Wed Sep 05, 2007 11:23 pm

Thompson's 'Tonight will be Fine' was actually a little better than Cohen's, I reckon.
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