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Originally posted by Seaquam:


Yes. Search out Suzanne, So Long Marianne, Hallelujah, Bird on a Wire, I'm Your Man, Dance Me to the End of Love, Tower of Song, That's No Way to Say Goodbye, Sisters of Mercy, and a bunch more that didn't come to mind quickly but I'll think of them later.

I think Cohen is much more of a poet than a songwriter; I think some of his work is put to music as an afterthought, so the lyrics always surpass the tunes in his case.


Cohen was a successful poet (if that is not an oxymoron) before he decided that singer/songwriters get laid more. Suzanne and Hallelujah were poems before they were put to music, as was this, appropriate for our July 4th.

"It's coming to America first,
the cradle of the best and of the worst.
It's here they got the range
and the machinery for change
and it's here they got the spiritual thirst.
It's here the family's broken
and it's here the lonely say
that the heart has got to open
in a fundamental way:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

It's coming from the women and the men.
O baby, we'll be making love again.
We'll be going down so deep
the river's going to weep,
and the mountain's going to shout Amen!
It's coming like the tidal flood
beneath the lunar sway,
imperial, mysterious,
in amorous array:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.
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