“We are part of a necklace of incomparable beauty and unmeaning” From Beautiful Losers By Leonard Cohen

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All the disparates of the world, the different wings of the paradox, coin-faces of problem, petal-pulling questions, scissor-shaped conscience, all the polarities, things and their images and things which cast no shadow, and just the everyday explosions on a street, this face and that, a house and a toothache, explosions which merely have different letters in their names, my needle pierces it all and I myself, my greedy fantasies, everything which has existed and does exist, we are part of a necklace of incomparable beauty and unmeaning.quotedown2

From Beautiful Losers
By Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen Invokes A Thousand Kisses Deep To Answer “What does Christ mean to you?”

What does Christ mean to you?

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Last year I tried to put it this way: Was looking at the crucifix. Got something in my eye. A Light that doesn’t need to live and doesn’t need to die. What’s written in the Book of Love is strangely incomplete, ’til witnessed here in time and blood a thousand kisses deep.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Online Web Chat October 16, 2001. The verse is from A Thousand Kisses Deep in Book of Longing

Leonard’s recitation of A Thousand Kisses Deep only rarely included this verse. In one of the June 2008 Dublin shows, he employed slightly different lyrics:

Was looking at the crucifix
Got something in my eye
A light that doesn’t need to live
And doesn’t need to die
A riddle in the book of love obscure and obsolete,
Til witnessed here in time and blood
A thousand kisses deep

The video below should automatically begin at the pertinent point.

A Thousand Kisses Deep – Leonard Cohen
Dublin: June 2008
Video by albertnoonan

“I always wanted to be loved by the communist party and the mother church. I wanted to live in a folk song like Joe Hill. I wanted to weep for the innocent people my bomb would have to maim…” From Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen

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I always wanted to be loved by the communist party and the mother church. I wanted to live in a folk song like Joe Hill. I wanted to weep for the innocent people my bomb would have to maim. I wanted to thank the peasant father who fed us on the run. I wanted to wear my sleeve pinned in half, people smiling while I salute with the wrong hand. I wanted to be against the rich, even though some of them knew Dante: just before his destruction one of them would learn that I knew Dante, too. I wanted my face carried in Peking, a poem written down my shoulder. I wanted to smile at dogma, yet ruin my ego against it. I wanted to confront the machines of Broadway. I wanted Fifth Avenue to remember it’s Indian trails.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

“I am ashamed to ask for your money. Not that you have not paid more for less. You have. You do. But I need it to keep my different lives apart. Otherwise I will be crushed when they join, and I will end my life in art, which a terror will not let me do.” Leonard Cohen


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I had high hopes for this book. I used to be thin, too. I thought I might live in one place and know one woman. I walked through the starlight this morning. I made my way through the lambs to the slanted concrete floor. I had on my red apron and I had the woman I loved. I wanted to end it, but it would not end: my life in art. I had pledged my deepest health to work this out. The working was way beyond this book. I see this now. I am ashamed to ask for your money. Not that you have not paid more for less. You have. You do. But I need it to keep my different lives apart. Otherwise I will be crushed when they join, and I will end my life in art, which a terror will not let me do.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

The Price of This Book from Death of a Lady’s Man (1978) by Leonard Cohen. Originally posted Oct 19, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric