Sisters Of Mercy Lyrics - Leonard Cohen

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Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on.
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
Oh I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long.
Yes you who must leave everything that you cannot control.
It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul.
Well I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how you're pinned:
When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned.

Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them.
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.

When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon.
Don't turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon.
And you won't make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night:
We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be all right,
We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be all right.

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Those who like this song — and those care about social change — and those who marvel at or doubt the power of music to change the world — will be well-advised and gratified to listen to the conclusion of Terri Gross' "Fresh Air" interview with Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari. While in prison at the hands of the Iranian regime, Bahari derived his primary comfort by humming "Sisters of Mercy." He remarks how the lyrics written by a Canadian Jew should have helped him in this way. Is this a way to understand the concept of "heavenly grace" with scientific integrity? I imagine it may well be.

Sisters of Co-Dependence Recovery? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/19/11

The lines about having to leave what cannot be controlled, and, when not feeling holy our lonelines tells us we've sinned neatly capture a couple of key concepts that often arise whenever symptoms of co-dependence are discussed. I'm not sure whether co-dependence was in the lexicon when this song was written. What a masterful set of observations and how enchantingly expressed!

Remembering Leonard Cohen in the 1960's | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/27/11

The early poems of L Cohen (I am not so enamoured of his later works) were in my opinion masterpieces of the 1960's-
multi layered poems turned into songs. Cohen himself was a spiriutal seeker- and well -versed in both religion and the metaphysics of love, and life-he was raised as an orthodox Canadian Jew from Montreal then studied Buddhism for many years walking away from his great commerical success His poems address the ambivalence, complexities of love/life,/ spirituality etcI study and write poetry-my personal favorites are "Blue Raincoat" "Suzanne" as well "Sisters of Mercy"
They are in my opinion masterpieces- and they should be read very carefully- and for me highlight all the issues of 1960's in the US etc when I attended college- esp the era of Vietnam, Wateregate, presidential assassination etc He is included in Candian anthologies of poetry etc- his songs are famous everywhere

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