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Leonard Cohen for Babies

Post by YankovicGretzky » Wed Jul 26, 2006 8:36 pm

I think it would be a great idea to make a CD of Leonard Cohen songs performed by 8 to 12-year-olds for babies and toddlers. This would be a great idea. Babies listening to nursery rhymes, classical music, and now, Leonard Cohen. Then a study conducted by Harvard would come out and say that babies who listen to Leonard Cohen are more likely to get a perfect score on the SAT.

Songs performed for kids by kids.
Kids Sing Leonard Cohen

Songs included:

Suzanne
So Long, Marianne
Sisters of Mercy
Bird On A Wire
Hallelujah
Dance Me To The End of Love
Everybody Knows
Closing Time
They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
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Post by lizzytysh » Wed Jul 26, 2006 8:39 pm

That's such an interesting and cool idea, Yankovic 8) ~ I'd love to hear these songs with children's voices :D ! It would be interesting to me to see research done later on vocabulary development, and language and concept comprehension, too. There are other areas that could be studied after that, as well. Natural usage of internal rhymes would be another :wink: .

As already noted by Mario from Cuba, it would also help make these children grow to become better adults.


~ Lizzy
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Post by Tchocolatl » Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:07 am

Very funny!
:lol:

I imagine children of 4, 5 and 6 singing :


Ah we're drinking and we're dancing
and the band is really happening
and the Johnny Walker wisdom running high
And my very sweet companion
she's the Angel of Compassion
she's rubbing half the world against her thigh

And every drinker every dancer
lifts a happy face to thank her
the fiddler fiddles something so sublime
all the women tear their blouses off
and the men they dance on the polka-dots
and it's partner found, it's partner lost
and it's hell to pay when the fiddler stops:

it's CLOSING TIME

Yeah the women tear their blouses off
and the men they dance on the polka-dots
and it's partner found, it's partner lost
and it's hell to pay when the fiddler stops:

it's CLOSING TIME

Ah we're lonely, we're romantic
and the cider's laced with acid
and the Holy Spirit's crying, "Where's the beef?"
And the moon is swimming naked
and the summer night is fragrant
with a mighty expectation of relief

So we struggle and we stagger
down the snakes and up the ladder
to the tower where the blessed hours chime
and I swear it happened just like this:
a sigh, a cry, a hungry kiss
the Gates of Love they budged an inch
I can't say much has happened since

but CLOSING TIME

I swear it happened just like this:
a sigh, a cry, a hungry kiss
the Gates of Love they budged an inch
I can't say much has happened since

CLOSING TIME

I loved you for your beauty
but that doesn't make a fool of me:
you were in it for your beauty too
and I loved you for your body
there's a voice that sounds like God to me
declaring, declaring, declaring that your body's really you

And I loved you when our love was blessed
and I love you now there's nothing left
but sorrow and a sense of overtime
and I missed you since the place got wrecked
And I just don't care what happens next
looks like freedom but it feels like death
it's something in between, I guess

it's CLOSING TIME

Yeah I missed you since the place got wrecked
By the winds of change and the weeds of sex
looks like freedom but it feels like death
it's something in between, I guess

it's CLOSING TIME

Yeah we're drinking and we're dancing
but there's nothing really happening
and the place is dead as Heaven on a Saturday night
And my very close companion
gets me fumbling gets me laughing
she's a hundred but she's wearing
something tight
and I lift my glass to the Awful Truth
which you can't reveal to the Ears of Youth
except to say it isn't worth a dime
And the whole damn place goes crazy twice
and it's once for the devil and once for Christ
but the Boss don't like these dizzy heights
we're busted in the blinding lights,
busted in the blinding lights

of CLOSING TIME

The whole damn place goes crazy twice
and it's once for the devil and once for Christ
but the Boss don't like these dizzy heights
we're busted in the blinding lights,
busted in the blinding lights

of CLOSING TIME

Oh the women tear their blouses off
and the men they dance on the polka-dots

It's CLOSING TIME

And it's partner found, it's partner lost
and it's hell to pay when the fiddler stops

It's CLOSING TIME

I swear it happened just like this:
a sigh, a cry, a hungry kiss

It's CLOSING TIME

The Gates of Love they budged an inch
I can't say much has happened since

But CLOSING TIME

I loved you when our love was blessed
I love you now there's nothing left

But CLOSING TIME

I miss you since the place got wrecked
By the winds of change and the weeds of sex.

etc.
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Post by Baldwyn » Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:44 am

Perfect SAT's? For some reason, I think they'll grow up to be very moody teenagers instead.

"Yeah, pop. The awful truth is, it isn't worth a dime. C'mon. You don't want to lie, not to the young."
"Yeah? You'd like to pretend that your father was wrong, wouldn't you."

I heard my (5 year old) daughter singing Hallelujah, while jumping into the pool over the weekend.
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Post by Tchocolatl » Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:33 am

Hehe.

Although, for babies (not children) it would suit, as they can not yet repeat what they heard, and the songs would be pleasant to hear. The voice, the music.
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Post by Tri-me » Tue Aug 01, 2006 7:50 pm

This could be an introduction to the kleshas for the Buddhist babies (dharma brats).
kleshas (afflictions) -- passion, aggression, ignorance, pride and jealousy.

Closing Time

Now kiddies what is the apparent klesha in this song?
-Passion-
What does passion do?
-Creates karma-
Why?
-Because passion is a craving which leads to suffering.-
Very good kiddies!!!!

HA! Now I see why I am drawn to Mr. Cohen's music.
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"Doorhinge rhymes with orange" Leonard Cohen
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Re: Leonard Cohen for Babies

Post by seadove » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:39 am

I have at home a CD for kids playing Pink Floyd and another one playing U2. The same medlies played by these artists only more delicately played for delicate ears.

I don't see why there won't be a "Baby Einstein" playing Leonard Cohen on the market in the very near future, G-d willing.
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Re: Leonard Cohen for Babies

Post by John Etherington » Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:13 am

I guess the only lines they could really relate to are "I'd really like to live beside you, baby" and "cover me up like a baby that is shivering"!.
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