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by Lilifyre
Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Who By Fire
Replies: 53
Views: 28084

Re: Who By Fire

Thanks Lili, that's very interesting indeed. I realise this may be a silly question but why do you write 'G_d' rather than 'God'? Traditionally, Jews avoid writing the name of G_d. It is a custom related to the prohibition against taking the name in vain. Personally, I often use the term deity to i...
by Lilifyre
Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Who By Fire
Replies: 53
Views: 28084

Re: Who By Fire

I've been thinking about this thread and this song for the last few days. In reviewing the beginning of this thread, the original question was about Leonard's choice of certain words. But I don't think it is possible to discuss the song in its entirety unless we put it into the context of the prayer...
by Lilifyre
Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:30 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Who By Fire
Replies: 53
Views: 28084

Re: Who By Fire

Humbled, while I agree that Leonard's study of Buddhism has influenced many of his works, including this one, I really can't see it as "Buddhist-based". It comes directly from the liturgy of the Jewish High Holy Days, the Unetaneh Tokef. While this is the basis for this song, most definitely the mea...
by Lilifyre
Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 35580

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

Thank you for the reference, B4real. Obviously, as I mentioned, Leonard has been influenced by many many experiences in his life. Judaism and Buddhism probably rank near the top of the list as major influences. He manages to incorporate both in his work without compromising the importance of either....
by Lilifyre
Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:24 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Lines that get you every time
Replies: 155
Views: 38479

Re: Lines that get you every time

Ah, humbled, I couldn't agree more. You echo my feelings about the quality of sadness in Leonard's words. I find them mystically cleansing. So many of his lyrics bring tears to my eyes....tears streaming down my face....yet when all is said and done, it's as if those tears have washed me clean of th...
by Lilifyre
Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Who By Fire
Replies: 53
Views: 28084

Re: Who By Fire

The most mysterious line for me is: " who in this mirror. . ." It comes right after "who in solitude"; one interpretation I have thought is, if one sees the world as a reflection of the inner soul, or eyes as mirrors of the soul or of the world, then perhaps it mean "in front of the whole world", o...
by Lilifyre
Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Who By Fire
Replies: 53
Views: 28084

Re: Who By Fire

I haven't commented on this thread as yet because I really had nothing new to add one way or another. However, I wanted to say that I really like the interpretation given above by Adam la Terre. Knowing how well read Leonard is, I have no doubt that he may have been thinking along the same lines as ...
by Lilifyre
Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: The Window
Replies: 20
Views: 11010

Re: The Window

t.v.d, thanks for reviving this topic. And Holydove, I remember well our previous discussion of this song. Now, where did I put that book I told you about??? My Rabbi gifted me with a copy of it and I know it's here on my desk somewhere... :shock: Though the earlier tread seems to have run its cours...
by Lilifyre
Sat Mar 20, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Sad, sorrowful, depressing, suicidal, or cathartic???
Replies: 15
Views: 5757

Re: Sad, sorrowful, depressing, suicidal, or cathartic???

Found myself channel surfing tonight looking for something other than reruns and/or (un)reality shows on TV. I landed on Turner Classic Movies part way thru "Good Bye Mr. Chips". It's been years since I watched it but it still effected me the same as it always does. I thought to share it on this thr...
by Lilifyre
Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:39 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Lines that get you every time
Replies: 155
Views: 38479

Re: Lines that get you every time

ALL of the above, always always. So, just adding this to the mix. I freeze with fear, but I'm there for you. Ah, Lizzytysh, you remind me of another of my favorite Leonard Lines: Ya see I'm just another snowman Standing in the rain and sleet. Who loved you with his frozen love, His second hand phys...
by Lilifyre
Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:54 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 35580

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

Holydove, I'm sorry if I gave any impression that I object to you finding Buddhist meaning in Leonard's work. Surely it is there. In fact, I'm not really sure what my point was in commenting.... :? .......... senior moment??? :oops: I've always found your comments to be very open, thoughtful and res...
by Lilifyre
Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:01 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 35580

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

I've been following this thread and have been mulling over what has been said. I'm the first to admit that I know nothing about Buddhism. Everything said here I will accept as valid for followers of that belief system/religion/philosophy/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. However, I would like to point o...
by Lilifyre
Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:40 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Sad, sorrowful, depressing, suicidal, or cathartic???
Replies: 15
Views: 5757

Sad, sorrowful, depressing, suicidal, or cathartic???

I know in the past, critics have claimed that some of Leonard's songs are depressing or worse. Didn't one critic dub them "songs to commit suicide by" or some such? Admittedly, I have always sought out music that others would call sad. As a small child, I used to beg my mother to sing an old folk so...
by Lilifyre
Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:21 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Lines that get you every time
Replies: 155
Views: 38479

Re: Lines that get you every time

Love the image of the trunk, it follows the image in: There's an attic where children are playing Where I've got to lie down with you soon In a dream of Hungarian lanterns In the mist of some sweet afternoon Was also slightly disappointed when I read 'Moss'. I always imagined moths' wings caught in...
by Lilifyre
Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:47 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Lines that get you every time
Replies: 155
Views: 38479

Re: Lines that get you every time

Tineke, that was me - it is what I like to hear, so I suppose my brain hears it as "moths" rather than "moss" ;-) I thought the correct was "moths"? :oops: But after checking it just now, I see that it is actually "moss". Either one fits well. I just always pictured it in my mind as opening an old ...

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