Lyrics Of “You Want It Darker” – New Leonard Cohen Song Heard In Peaky Blinders

pkxxYou Want It Darker” is the new Leonard Cohen song heard during an erotic asphyxiation scene (definitely NSFW) near the end of Season 3, Episode 5 of Peaky Blinders.

After watching the episode on Netflix, I transcribed the lyrics of “You Want It Darker” as performed in this fragment and uploaded them to the Leonard Cohen Facebook Page.

Update: Complete Lyrics of You Want It Darker as sung on album

If you are the dealer
I’m out of the game
If you are the healer
Means I’m broken and lame
If thine is the glory
Then mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Magnified, sanctified
Be Thy Holy Name
Vilified, crucified
In the human frame
A million candles burning
For the help that never came
You want it darker

Hineni Hineni
I’m ready, my Lord

There’s a lover in the story
But the story’s still the same
There’s a lullaby for suffering
And a paradox to blame
But it’s written in the scriptures
And it’s not some idle claim
You want it darker
We kill the flame

They’re lining up the prisoners and
The guards are taking aim
I struggled with some demons
They were middle-class and tame
I didn’t know I had permission
To murder and to maim
You want it darker

Hineni Hinen
I’m ready, my Lord

Magnified, sanctified
Be Thy Holy Name
Vilified, crucified
In the human frame
A million candles burning
For the love that never came
You want it darker
We kill the flame

If you are the dealer
Let me out of the game
If you are the healer
I’m broken and lame
If thine is the glory
Mine must be the shame
You want it darker

Hineni Hineni…..this line repeated
I’m ready, my Lord

Update: Watch Video: Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker”

Peaky Blinders Season 3, Including New Leonard Cohen Song, On Netflix May 31

pk6Excerpts from ‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 3: The British Gangland Saga is Back on Netflix by Tobias Grey (WSJ: May 30, 2016):

Gang cultures exist throughout the world, but for movie and television audiences, they don’t always cross borders easily. Netflix doesn’t provide ratings, but “Peaky Blinders,” which starts its third season on the streaming service on May 31, is anecdotally gaining such traction in the U.S. to go along with its hit status in Britain. BBC Two announced Wednesday it had ordered two more seasons of the show. It also airs in about 160 other countries.

The series uses contemporary music by artists such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (whose ominous “Red Right Hand” provides the theme), Tom Waits, the White Stripes and Radiohead. Leonard Cohen wrote a song especially for the series that will appear in season 3. And before he died, David Bowie, a fan. gave his blessing for music from his final album “Black Star” to be used this season. [Emphasis mine]

Update: I’ve uploaded the lyrics of “You Want It Darker” – the new Leonard Cohen Song heard in Peaky Blinders – to the Leonard Cohen Facebook Page.

Update: Watch Video: Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker”

Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne In Akerman’s Portrait Of A Young Girl At The End Of The 1960s In Brussels

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On the soundtrack during their encounter in the apartment, we hear Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Suzanne’ (Michèle shoplifted the album from a music shop earlier during her and Paul’s wanderings), the lyrics of which (‘Suzanne takes you down/to a place by the river/you can see the boats go by/you could spend the night beside her…’) form a poignant counterpoint to the encounter shown and implied onscreen. This is Michèle’s first sexual encounter, but given the importance accorded to Danielle and Michèle’s connection, it is tempting to ‘hear’ Cohen’s song as the reminder of the presence of yet another woman in the room.

From Identity and Memory: The Films of Chantal Akerman by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

Portrait d’une jeune fille de la fin des années 60 à Bruxelles
Suzanne by Leonard Cohen

“Leonard Cohen has written a song for us” Steven Knight, Creator Of Peaky Blinders

Update: Watch Video: Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker”

From Peaky Blinders premiere: Cillian Murphy and Steven Knight hint at future plans and talk of research for Birmingham-based show by Jack Averty (Native Monster: May 5, 2016)

And, from Cillian Murphy: ‘I gave David Bowie my Peaky Blinders cap’ by Roz Laws (Birmingham Mail: May 5, 2016):

Steven Knight also revealed how Leonard Cohen has written a new track for the show.

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Peaky Binders aficionado Bill H (who admits he’s “not a big Leonard Cohen fan” but knows that I am), who alerted me to this news after seeing an earlier Cohencentric post, “Leonard Cohen is the emperor, king and master of all” Steven Knight (He’s a huge Peaky Blinders fan too).

“Leonard Cohen is the emperor, king and master of all” Steven Knight (He’s a huge Peaky Blinders fan too)

From the official Peaky Binders Twitter account. Steven Knight is, of course, the creator of the Peaky Binders TV series.

Update: See “Leonard Cohen has written a song for us” Steven Knight, Creator Of Peaky Blinders

Update: Watch Video: Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker”

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Waiting For The Miracle Featured In Piero Messina’s L’Attesa

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Possession and control drive the precarious relationship between two women in L’Attesa. Inside an enormous villa in the mountains of eastern Sicily, Anna (Juliette Binoche) is welling over with grief after the loss of her son, Giuseppe. His French girlfriend, Jeanne, arrives on the scene apparently oblivious to the recent tragic events. She has not heard from Giuseppe for days and leaves a barrage of voicemails on his phone wondering where he is. The backdrop is beautiful. The villa is cold and foreboding. Anna and Jeanne are meeting for the first time, and Anna cannot bring herself to tell Jeanne the truth. So they wait. Jeanne thinks she is waiting to reunite with her lover. Anna thinks she is somehow keeping Giuseppe alive by not speaking of his death. Piero Messina’s drama is contemplative and quiet as the waiting game plays out between matriarch and ingénue. It’s Easter weekend and, as Leonard Cohen sings Waiting for the Miracle, Anna hopes for a different kind of resurrection.1

In this key sequence from the film, Jeanne has invited two young men to Anna’s home for an dinner. drinks, dalliance, and dancing. The video captures Jeanne and one of the men dancing to Leonard Cohen’s “Waiting for the Miracle.”

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New Video In English & French: NFB Treasures – Leonard Cohen, I’m Your Man From Montreal To The World

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Dominique BOILE sends these images from his just-received copy of NFB Treasures – Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man – From Montreal to the World/ Les Trésors De L’onf – Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man – De La Main Au Monde Entier

Dominique BOILE also points out that “The first DVD is in English, and the second DVD has the same content in French.”

The following information is from the Canadian Amazon site: NFB Treasures – Leonard Cohen:

A rare collection of National Film Board of Canada movies focusing on poet, singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen, with on-screen comments from friends, family and collaborators. This eclectic set includes an informal documentary about the young Cohen in 1965, as we see him reading poems, chatting with friends – and even taking a bath! Cohen also appears in an offbeat feature film about Montreal in the 1960s, for which he wrote the score. Other unique finds include short animated films inspired by Cohen’s songs and poems, as well as a selection of cinematic works exploring themes that are near and dear to the artist, such as Canadian poets, St-Laurent Boulevard and Buddhism. It’s an enriching way to explore and experience the world of Leonard Cohen

Collection rare de films de l’Office National du Film du Canada ayant pour thème le poète et auteur-compositeur-interprète Leonard Cohen, commentés à l’écran par ses proches. Parmi ces derniers, un portrait documentaire décontracté présentant le jeune Cohen en 1965 lisant ses poèmes, discutant avec des amis et même prenant un bain! Aussi, un long métrage fiction débridé, témoin du Montréal des sixties, dont Leonard Cohen signe la trame sonore, en plus d’y interpréter un rôle. Ainsi que des courts métrages d’animation inspirés des chansons et poèmes de l’artiste, sont autant de films qui se retrouvent à l’intérieur de ce coffret éclectique et rempli de trouvailles. De plus, une sélection d’oeuvres cinématographiques gravitant autour des sujets chers à Leonard Cohen (poètes canadiens, la rue St-Laurent, le bouddhisme) vous sont également offerts afin d’enrichir votre expérience de l’univers Cohen.

Product Details:
Actors: Leonard Cohen
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Tandem.mu
Release Date: April 8 2016
ASIN: B01BD0MAUS

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Video: Dexter Season 6 TV Promo Features Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

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True Detective isn’t the only TV series dealing with dark and deadly themes to employ a Leonard Cohen tune.

Official‪ Dexter Season 6 Promo #2
Video from megow4ever

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Laurence of Paris, who alerted me to this and other Leonard Cohen TV ads