boogie street - lyrics meaning

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boogie street - lyrics meaning

Post by slashdotdash » Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:03 pm

helo there. im dumb german boy. wondering and thinking about the lyrics of this song. couldnt find sth here in the forum which gives me the answer of what this song is 'exactly' about.
if there is sb who might tell me
i would be glad

thanx
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Re: boogie street - lyrics meaning

Post by lonndubh » Sun Jul 13, 2008 4:05 am

slashdotdash wrote:helo there. im dumb german boy. wondering and thinking about the lyrics of this song. couldnt find sth here in the forum which gives me the answer of what this song is 'exactly' about.
if there is sb who might tell me
i would be glad

thanx

I liked this Meaning -
In an interview with Brian D. Johnson in Maclean's Magazine in October 15, 2001 Cohen said of Boogie Street:

"...during the day Boogie Street is a scene of intense commercial activity... And at night, it was a scene of intense and alarming sexual exchange."

Later he goes on to talk of its metaphorical meaning: "Boogie Street to me was that street of work and desire, the ordinary life and also the place we live in most of the time that is relieved by the embrace of your children, or the kiss of your beloved, or the peak experience in which you yourself are dissolved, and there is no one to experience it so you feel the refreshment when you come back from those moments....So we all hope for those heavenly moments, which we get in those embraces and those sudden perceptions of beauty and sensations of pleasure, but we're immediately returned to Boogie Street."

O Crown of Light, O Darkened One,
I never thought we’d meet.
You kiss my lips, and then it’s done:
I’m back on Boogie Street.

A sip of wine, a cigarette,
And then it’s time to go
I tidied up the kitchenette;
I tuned the old banjo.
I’m wanted at the traffic-jam.
They’re saving me a seat.
I’m what I am, and what I am,
Is back on Boogie Street.

And O my love, I still recall
The pleasures that we knew;
The rivers and the waterfall,
Wherein I bathed with you.
Bewildered by your beauty there,
I’d kneel to dry your feet.
By such instructions you prepare
A man for Boogie Street.

O Crown of Light, O Darkened One…

So come, my friends, be not afraid.
We are so lightly here.
It is in love that we are made;
In love we disappear.
Though all the maps of blood and flesh
Are posted on the door,
There’s no one who has told us yet
What Boogie Street is for.

O Crown of Light, O Darkened One,
I never thought we’d meet.
You kiss my lips, and then it’s done:
I’m back on Boogie Street.

A sip of wine, a cigarette,
And then it’s time to go…
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Re: boogie street - lyrics meaning

Post by commonweal » Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:22 pm

Perhaps Boogie Street represents engagement with the world (i.e., the commercial world), as opposed to escape from it (as on Hydra or at Mount Baldy)?
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Re: boogie street - lyrics meaning

Post by transient » Mon Jul 14, 2008 5:19 pm

yes and I think Leonard has related it to Bugis street, the largest shopping street in Singapore, where a trader offered him a complete collection of LC bootleg CDs.
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Re: boogie street - lyrics meaning

Post by Waxy's Dargle » Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:24 pm

My interpretation is like others here - Boogie Street is LC's term for normal life or the way of the ordinary man. Having experienced the ectasy of contact with the divine LC knows that his way is in normal life & not in a buddist monastry. As usual he tells this with no regret, remorse or yearning & with a lot of humour (there saving me a place in the traffic jam). I think his obvious serenity comes from this acceptance. He seems to have reached the state of no attachments, which is a high state of spirituality!
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