Thursday, October 1, 2009

If It Be Your Will

I was watching this documentary recently called Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man. This is a cover of his song “If It Be Your Will” by Antony Hegarty. I thought this was just a really amazing song.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a video on YouTube that let me copy the original video from the documentary. I did find this video instead, which is very interesting. I think there is a bit of La Chien Andolou in there.

Leonard Cohen, for those of you who don’t know, is a Canadian singer/songwriter and poet. His most famous song is probably, “Hallelujah,” which has over twenty covers.

Here are two poems:

I Wonder How Many People in This City from The Spice-Box of Earth

I wonder how many people in this city
live in furnished rooms.
Late at night when i look out at the buildings
I swear I see a face in every window
looking back at me
and when I turn away
I wonder how many go back to their desks
and write this down.

Poem 111 ("Each man ...") from The Energy of Slaves

Each man
has a way to betray
the revolution
This is mine


beamish said...

great post. i love leonard cohen. absolutely love him.

the two accompanying poems are reflective and rebellious, and for me, they capture something i've been wanting to say lately... where/how did you come across them?

Laminated Fragments said...

Sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I actually just sort of found them on the internet. When I found out that he was a poet, I googled him and started reading what was online. Then, I found these two. There was a link, I can't find it on my history, that has a bunch from this one collection. I am sure you could find these if you google them because I did get them off the net.