For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Monday, 13 February 2012

Show Me The Place

12 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

This is just lovely. Never heard of him, dare I say Robert - but found that gravelly voice wuite enchanting.

Danish dog said...

This is my favourite from his new album. But then I'm a sucker for slow, lyrical folk music. Lovely violin. One more confession, slightly more perverse: I would like to hear Dylan do a cover version of this.

The Solitary Walker said...

Ooh, yes, I can hear Dylan singing this. A touch of the Tom Waits in there too.

George said...

Thanks, Robert. I enjoyed this. After listening to the song, I pulled up the lyrics online to read them. They still hold some mystery for me, but, hey, that's part of the art.

Herringbone said...

SW-Exactly what I heard. Recent Dylan, like Modern Times. It's funny how someone like this slips under the radar. I didn't know of him until a quote in one of your posts. His history and talent...Thanks for sharing!

am said...

From:

"... And Jesus was a sailor
when he walked upon the water
and he spent a long time watching
from his lonely wooden tower
and when he knew for certain
only drowning men could see him
he said All men will be sailors then
until the sea shall free them
but he himself was broken
long before the sky would open
forsaken, almost human
he sank beneath your wisdom like a stone..."

to:

"... Show me the place where the Word became a man ..."

Thanks for posting this mystic's prayer, Solitary Walker. I first heard it here at your blog.

You might like this, too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCtoVoE5Mm4&ob=av3e

Rubye Jack said...

Incredible. When I haven't listened to Leonard Cohen in awhile I forget how much I love him. Thanks for reminding me.

The Solitary Walker said...

Glad everyone enjoyed the song, taken from Leonard Cohen's new album. The whole CD is worth listening to.

Danish dog said...

This recent interview of Leonard Cohen by Jarvis Cocker can be heard for a couple of days still:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01by9t7/When_Jarvis_Cocker_Met_Leonard_Cohen/

The Solitary Walker said...

Yes, I heard it on Radio 2 a few nights ago, Danish dog. Quite entertaining. I was intrigued by his method of composition. You have to work on a piece for a long time. Then, when it's 95% complete, you realise it's no good, and you reject it. But you can only nearly finish it before knowing this.

Kleinste Motte said...

Leonard Cohen is a legend here in Canada and many have heard his Hallelujah on song contest shows but don't realize he's the poet behind the song.
Thanks for this snippet.

The Solitary Walker said...

I think 'Hallelujah' is a really magnificent song, Kleinste Motte — those chords ascending towards epiphany... aah... can't think of anything quite like it...