jason wrote:I haven't read all the responses here, so not sure if someone has said the following. It seems like most of the responders are overthinking the simple poetic sensibility of these lyrics.
The song depicts the poet as a conduit, a vessel, a messenger, a prophet of 'God' or the Divine or the Absolute, however you want to call it.
A tube, very basically, is a long hollow cylinder through which air or sound etc can pass. A tube in this context is merely a cylinder between the poet and 'God,' through which 'God' communicates with the poet, who is merely elaborating His message(s)-- the way Moses and other 'chosen' spiritual and artistic messengers throughout the ages have elaborated it, without much free will in the matter.
From the get-go, many of Leonard Cohen's songs are about this fateful calling from the Divine. You Know Who I Am, Story of Isaac, If It Be Your Will, etc etc
Nearly. I think its his Alter Ego or better his soul who is singing. And the brief elaboration of a tube is the physical body with the mind. The soul as the divine light. She trys to make him certain, without burden, without sorrow and the body - Leonard - has to say, what the soul told him. You shouldn´t forget, Leonard Cohen is a very spiritually man.