Recitation of "The Flood"

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Recitation of "The Flood"

Postby Maarten » Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:53 am

Hi,

Marie Mazur and I are trying to compile complete setlists for all concerts, but it often isn't clear whether or not "The Flood" was performed...

Leonard sometimes recites it prior to "Anthem" at the end of the first set... It's a poem written in 1973 and is the last poem in Leonard's latest book - "Book of Longing."

"The flood it is gathering
Soon it will move
Across every valley
Against every roof
The body will break down
And the soul will break loose
I write all this down
But I don't have the proof." [ Sinai, 1973 ]

Then he goes on by reciting the start of "Anthem":

"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in."

After which "Anthem" begins...

Please pay attention to this and add it to the setlist if you notice it!
For all setlists, see my file or go to the Speaking Cohen website, hosted by Marie.

Thanks in advance,
Maarten

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Re: Recitation of "The Flood"

Postby sturgess66 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:42 am

Maarten - I posted this in the NYC-MSG thread - and in the Philadelphia thread on Monday. Leonard recited "The Flood" at both those shows - before "Anthem."
My YouTube friend and I have been putting together clues and chasing down memories and threads and he has just confirmed that it is in fact "The Flood" that Leonard is reciting before "Anthem" Ahhhhh - it is the last poem - on page 229 - of his Book of Longing

"The Flood"

The flood it is gathering
Soon it will move
Across every valley
Against every roof
The body will break down
And the soul will break loose
I write all this down
But I don't have the proof.
[Sinai, 1973]
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Re: Recitation of "The Flood"

Postby MaryB » Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:07 am

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