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LEONARD COHEN
DEAR HEATHER

1. Go No More A-Roving (3:40)
2. Because Of (3:00)
3. The Letters (4:44)
4. Undertow (4:20)
5. Morning Glory (3:28)
6. On That Day (2:04)
7. Villanelle for Our Time (5:55)
8. There For You (4:36)
9. Dear Heather (3:41)
10. Nightingale (2:27)
11. To A Teacher (2:32)
12. The Faith (4:17)
Live Track: Tennessee Waltz (4:05)






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Old Ideas: Notes On Dear Heather



1. Go No More A-Roving

Dedicated to Irving Layton.

Words by Lord Byron (1788-1824), music by Leonard Cohen.




So weíll go no more a-roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
And the moon be still as bright.
For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul outwears the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.
Though the night was made for loving,
And the day returns too soon,
Yet weíll go no more a-roving
By the light of the moon.



Produced, arranged and performed by Sharon Robinson.
Vocals: Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson.
Tenor sax: Bob Sheppard.



© 2004 Old Ideas LLC (BMI)



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2. Because Of

Words and music by Leonard Cohen.


Because of a few songs
Wherein I spoke of their mystery,
Women have been
Exceptionally kind
to my old age.
They make a secret place
In their busy lives
And they take me there.
They become naked
In their different ways
and they say,
"Look at me, Leonard
Look at me one last time."
Then they bend over the bed
And cover me up
Like a baby that is shivering.



Produced by Leanne Ungar.
Arranged and performed by Leonard Cohen.
Background vocals arranged and sung by Anjani Thomas.



© 2004 Old Ideas LLC (BMI)




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3. The Letters

Words and music by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson.


You never liked to get
The letters that I sent.
But now youíve got the gist
Of what my letters meant.
Youíre reading them again,
The ones you didnít burn.
You press them to your lips,
My pages of concern.
I said thereíd been a flood.
I said thereís nothing left.
I hoped that you would come.
I gave you my address.
Your story was so long,
The plot was so intense,
It took you years to cross
The lines of self-defense.
The wounded forms appear:
The loss, the full extent;
And simple kindness here,
The solitude of strength.
You walk into my room.
You stand there at my desk,
Begin your letter to
The one whoís coming next.



Produced, arranged and performed by Sharon Robinson.
Vocals: Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson.



© 2004 Old Ideas LLC (BMI) and
Sharon Robinson Songs (ASCAP)




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4. Undertow

Words and music by Leonard Cohen.


I set out one night
When the tide was low
There were signs in the sky
But I did not know
Iíd be caught in the grip
Of the undertow
Ditched on a beach
Where the sea hates to go
With a child in my arms
And a chill in my soul
And my heart the shape
Of a begging bowl



Produced by Leanne Ungar.
Arranged and performed by Leonard Cohen.
Solo and background vocals: Anjani Thomas and Leonard Cohen.



© 2004 Old Ideas LLC (BMI)




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5. Morning Glory

Words and music by Leonard Cohen.


No words this time? No words. No, there are times when nothing can be done. Not this time. Is it censorship? Is it censorship? No, itís evaporation. No, itís evaporation. Is this leading somewhere? Yes. Weíre going down the lane. Is this going somewhere? Into the garden. Into the backyard. Weíre walking down the driveway. Are we moving towards.... Weíre in the backyard. ...some transcendental moment? Itís almost light. Thatís right. Thatís it. Are we moving towards some transcendental moment? Thatís right. Thatís it. Do you think youíll be able to pull it off? Yes. Do you think you can pull it off? Yes, it might happen. Iím all ears. Iím all ears. Oh the morning glory!


Produced by Leanne Ungar.
Arranged and performed by Leonard Cohen.
Background vocals arranged and sung by Anjani Thomas.



© 2004 Old Ideas LLC (BMI)




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6. On That Day
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Words and music by Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas.


Some people say
Itís what we deserve
For sins against g-d
For crimes in the world
I wouldnít know
Iím just holding the fort
Since that day
They wounded New York
Some people say
They hate us of old
Our women unveiled
Our slaves and our gold
I wouldnít know
Iím just holding the fort
But answer me this
I wonít take you to court
Did you go crazy
Or did you report
On that day
On that day
They wounded New York


Produced by Anjani Thomas.
Vocals and Jewís harp: Leonard Cohen.
Background vocals arranged and sung by Anjani Thomas.
Piano: Anjani Thomas. Bass: Stan Sargent.



© 2004 Old Ideas LLC (BMI) and
Little Fountain Music (BMI)




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7. Villanelle for Our Time

Words by Frank Scott (1899-1985), music by Leonard Cohen.


From bitter searching of the heart,
Quickened with passion and with pain
We rise to play a greater part.
This is the faith from which we start:
Men shall know commonwealth again
From bitter searching of the heart.
We loved the easy and the smart,
But now, with keener hand and brain,
We rise to play a greater part.
The lesser loyalties depart,
And neither race nor creed remain
From bitter searching of the heart.
Not steering by the venal chart
That tricked the mass for private gain,
We rise to play a greater part.
Reshaping narrow law and art
Whose symbols are the millions slain,
From bitter searching of the heart
We rise to play a greater part.


Produced by Leanne Ungar.
Vocals: Leonard Cohen.
Background vocals arranged and sung by Anjani Thomas.



© 2004 Old Ideas LLC (BMI) and
Estate of F.R. Scott




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8. There For You

Words and music by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson.


When it all went down
And the pain came through
I get it now
I was there for you
Donít ask me how
I know itís true
I get it now
I was there for you
I make my plans
Like I always do
But when I look back
I was there for you
I walk the streets
Like I used to do
And I freeze with fear
But Iím there for you
I see my life
In full review
It was never me
It was always you
You sent me here
You sent me there
Breaking things
I canít repair
Making objects
Out of thoughts
Making more
By thinking not
Eating food
And drinking wine
A body that
I thought was mine
Dressed as Arab
Dressed as Jew
O mask of iron
I was there for you
Moods of glory
Moods so foul
The world comes through
A bloody towel
And death is old
But itís always new
I freeze with fear
And Iím there for you
I see it clear
I always knew
It was never me
I was there for you
I was there for you
My darling one
And by your law
It all was done


Produced, arranged and performed by Sharon Robinson.
Vocals: Leonard Cohen.
Background vocals: Sharon Robinson.



© 2004 Old Ideas LLC (BMI) and
Sharon Robinson Songs (ASCAP)




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9. Dear Heather

Words and music by Leonard Cohen.


Dear Heather
Please walk by me again
With a drink in your hand
And your legs all white
From the winter


Produced by Leanne Ungar.
Arranged and performed by Leonard Cohen.
Background vocals arranged and sung by Anjani Thomas.
Trumpet: Sarah Kramer.



© 2004 Old Ideas LLC (BMI)




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10. Nightingale

Dedicated to Carl Anderson (1945-2004).

Words and music by Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas.



I built my house beside the wood
So I could hear you singing
And it was sweet and it was good
And love was all beginning
Fare thee well my nightingale
ĎTwas long ago I found you
Now all your songs of beauty fail
The forest closes Ďround you
The sun goes down behind a veil
ĎTis now that you would call me
So rest in peace my nightingale
Beneath your branch of holly
Fare thee well my nightingale
I lived but to be near you
ThoĎ you are singing somewhere still
I can no longer hear you


Produced by Anjani Thomas and Ed Sanders.
Arranged by Anjani Thomas.
Vocals, guitar and Jewís harp: Leonard Cohen.
Vocals and piano: Anjani Thomas.
Bass: Stan Sargent. Drums: Johnny Friday.



© 2004 Old Ideas LLC (BMI) and
Little Fountain Music (BMI)




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11. To A Teacher

Dedicated to A. M. Klein (1909-1972).

Words and music by Leonard Cohen



Hurt once and for all into silence.
A long pain ending without a song to prove it.
Who could stand beside you so close to Eden,
When you glinted in every eye the held-high
razor, shivering every ram and son?
And now the silent loony bin, where
The shadows live in the rafters like
Day-weary bats,
Until the turning mind, a radar signal,
lures them to exaggerate
Mountain-size on the white stone wall
Your tiny limp.
How can I leave you in such a house?
Are there no more saints and wizards
to praise their ways with pupils,
No more evil to stun with the slap
of a wet red tongue?
Did you confuse the Messiah in a mirror
and rest because he had finally come?
Let me cry Help beside you, Teacher.
I have entered under this dark roof
As fearlessly as an honoured son
Enters his fatherís house.


Produced by Leanne Ungar.
Arranged and performed by Leonard Cohen.



© 2004 Old Ideas LLC (BMI)




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12. The Faith

(Based on a Québec folk song).

Words and music by Leonard Cohen.



The sea so deep and blind
The sun, the wild regret
The club, the wheel, the mind,
O love, arenít you tired yet?
The club, the wheel, the mind
O love, arenít you tired yet?
The blood, the soil, the faith
These words you canít forget
Your vow, your holy place
O love, arenít you tired yet?
The blood, the soil, the faith
O love, arenít you tired yet?
A cross on every hill
A star, a minaret
So many graves to fill
O love, arenít you tired yet?
So many graves to fill
O love, arenít you tired yet?
The sea so deep and blind
Where still the sun must set
And time itself unwind
O love, arenít you tired yet?
And time itself unwind
O love, arenít you tired yet?


Produced by Leanne Ungar and Henry Lewy.
Vocals: Leonard Cohen.
Background vocals arranged and sung by Anjani Thomas.
Violin: Raffi Hakopian. Oud: John Bilezikjian. Piano: Bill Ginn.
Bass: Roscoe Beck. Flute: Paul Ostermayer. Guitar: Mitch Watkins.
Accordion: Garth Hudson. String arrangements: Jeremy Lubbock.



© 2004 Old Ideas LLC (BMI)




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Live Track: Tennessee Waltz

Written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King.
Additional verse: Leonard Cohen.



I was dancing with my darliní
to the Tennessee Waltz
When an old friend I happened to see
Introduced him to my loved one
and while they were waltzing
My friend stole my sweetheart from me.
I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Now I know just how much I have lost
Yes I lost my little darliní
The night they were playing
The beautiful Tennessee Waltz.
She comes dancing through the darkness
To the Tennessee Waltz
And I feel like Iím falling apart
And itís stronger than drink
And itís deeper than sorrow
This darkness sheís left in my heart.


Produced by Leonard Cohen (1985).
Vocals: Leonard Cohen.
Piano, vocals: Anjani Thomas.
Electric guitar, vocals: Mitch Watkins.
Steel guitar, vocals: Ron Getman. Bass, vocals: John Crowder.
Drums: Richard Crooks.



© 1948 Sony / ATV Acuff Rose Music (BMI)




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