Sunday, October 30, 2016

Leonard Cohen: Lover Lover Lover (2013)



Leonard Cohen and band perform “Lover Lover Lover” at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria, on July 27, 2013. This concert was part of Cohen's Old Ideas World Tour (August 2012 to December 2013). The song itself is fourth track on Cohen’s fourth studio album New Skin for the Old Ceremony, which was released on August 11, 1974. The song has many layers and it is as much a song of faith as of love. It speaks of redemption and return to the loved one.

Lover Lover Lover
by Leonard Cohen

I asked my father, I said, “Father change my name.” The one I’m using now it's covered up With fear and filth and cowardice and shame. Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me, Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me. He said, “I locked you in this body, I meant it as a kind of trial. You can use it for a weapon, Or to make some woman smile.” Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me. “Then let me start again,” I cried, “please let me start again, I want a face that’s fair this time, I want a spirit that is calm.”
Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me. “I never never turned aside,” he said, “I never walked away. It was you who built the temple, It was you who covered up my face.” Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me. And may the spirit of this song, May it rise up pure and free. May it be a shield for you, A shield against the enemy. Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me. Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me.