I Came So Far for Beauty

Debate on Leonard Cohen's poetry (and novels), both published and unpublished. Song lyrics may also be discussed here.
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darleneg
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I Came So Far for Beauty

Post by darleneg » Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:53 am

I really like the lyrics to this song. Simple... but deep... like everything else Cohen.

I came so far for beauty left
So much behind
My patience and my family
My masterpiece unsigned
I thought I'd be rewarded
For such a lonely choice
And surely she would answer
To such a very hopeless voice
I practiced all my sainthood
I gave to one and all
But the rumours of my virtue
They moved her not at all
I changed my style to silver
I changed my clothed to black
And where I would surrender
Now I would attack I stormed the old casino
For the money and the flesh and I myself decided
What was rotten and what was fresh
And men to do my bidding
And broken bones to teach
The value of my pardon
The shadow of my reach
But no, I could not touch her
With such a heavy hand
Her star beyond my order
Her nakedness unmanned
I came so far for beauty
I left so much behind
My patience and my family
My masterpiece unsigned
MarioJoel
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Re: I Came So Far for Beauty

Post by MarioJoel » Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:29 pm

Hello,

Can Leonard go any deeper than here? have we not all (homos pensantis) been there?
Great, that is definitely the song of songs. In a greater scale it makes me feel in a Napoleonic mood, "man of great ambition has sought for Beauty and have found Fame instead", and I would add, only the lucky ones, all the rest end up with that broken feeling, like when you've been betrayed... by your father or dog

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Mario
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