Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Leonard Cohen: Come Healing (2013)



Leonard Cohen, with a beautifully sung intro by the Webb sisters (Charley and Hattie) performs “Come Healing,”at Dublin’s 02 Arena on September 12, 2013 as part of his Old Ideas world tour; it has a spiritual feeling of the need for redemption to it, a plaintive appeal—a “penitential hymn”— to the heavens to restore wholeness of body and mind (or at least some healing presence), which bears the collective burdens of its manifold experiences.

Can this song also apply to a nation’s collective consciousness, its body politic, as a call to national healing and reconciliation? Perhaps it can, but it begins with individuals.

And none of us deserving/The cruelty or the grace. What to make up of this powerful couplet, a commentary, perhaps, on the current (and past) state of world affairs? There is more than enough cruelty, and an insufficient level of grace. Whom or what is to blame

This song can be found on Live in Dublin (the ninth track on disc 1)released on December  2, 2014.

Come Healing
by Leonard Cohen & Patrick Leonard

O gather up the brokenness
And bring it to me now
The fragrance of those promises
You never dared to vow

The splinters that you carry
The cross you left behind
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind

And let the heavens hear it
The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb

Behold the gates of mercy
In arbitrary space
And none of us deserving
The cruelty or the grace

O solitude of longing
Where love has been confined
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind

O see the darkness yielding
That tore the light apart
Come healing of the reason
Come healing of the heart

O troubled dust concealing
An undivided love
The heart beneath is teaching
To the broken heart above

Let the heavens falter
Let the earth proclaim
Come healing of the altar
Come healing of the name

O longing of the branches
To lift the little bud
O longing of the arteries
To purify the blood

And let the heavens hear it
The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb

O let the heavens hear it
The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb

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