The Canadian musician had a unique and arresting way with words
An incomparable poet and songwriter, Leonard Cohen is renowned for his ability to craft lines that can make you laugh, cry or despair of the world. Though his reputation for writing songs full of darkness and misery, there’s also plenty of charm and elegance in his words. Here are some of his most beautiful lyrics.
"So let me judge your love affair/In this room where I have sentenced mine to death"
"Ring the bells that still can ring/Forget your perfect offering/There is a crack in everything/That's how the light gets in"
"Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river/You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever/And you know that she's half-crazy but that's why you want to be there/And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China/And just when you mean to tell her that you have no love to give her/Then he gets you on her wavelength/And she lets the river answer that you've always been her lover"
"And what can I tell you my brother, my killer/What can I possibly say?/I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you/I'm glad you stood in my way"
"We met when we were almost young/Deep in the green lilac park/You held on to me like I was a crucifix/As we went reeling through the dark"
"Everybody knows that the naked man and woman/Are a shining artefact of the past"
"You say you've gone away from me/But I can feel you when you breathe"
"And clenching your fist/For the ones like us/Who are oppressed by the figures of beauty/You fixed yourself/You said 'Well, nevermind/We are ugly but we have the music'"
"I've seen your flag on the marble arch/Love is not a victory march/It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah"
"We are so small between the stars, so large against the sky/And lost among the subway crowd, I try to catch your eye"