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Saturday, 22 November 2008


It's coming through a crack in the wall,
on a visionary flood of alcohol;
from the staggering account
of the Sermon on the Mount
which I don't pretend to understand at all.
It's coming from the silence
on the dock of the bay,
from the brave, the bold, the battered
heart of Chevrolet:
Democracy is coming to the USA.

I'm sentimental, if you know what I mean:
I love the country but I can't stand the scene.
And I'm neither left or right,
I'm just staying home tonight,
getting lost in that hopeless little screen.
But I'm stubborn as those garbage bags
that Time cannot decay,
I'm junk but I'm still holding up
this little wild bouquet:
Democracy is coming to the USA.

The 2nd and 6th verses of Democracy by Leonard Cohen.

Wonder if he'll sing this one tonight at Birmingham's NEC? I'll soon find out as we have 3 tickets for the show. Can't wait...


The Weaver of Grass said...

Hope you enjoy!

Jay said...

Oh, you'll have a great time!

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I hope you enjoyed my little review. I have no idea if he'll stick to the same programme everywhere, but he did indeed sing 'Democracy' in London! And to a very favourable reaction. ;)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, posted a comment in the wrong place! I hope you have a great evening.