Friday, November 11, 2016

Αποχαιρετώντας τον Leonard Cohen

Σήμερα -υποθέτω- οι περισσότεροι θα αφιερώσουμε λίγα λεπτά στην μνήμη του Leonard Cohen, κάνοντας ταυτόχρονα μια μικρή αναδρομή στο παρελθόν μας.

Για μένα, ο Leonard Cohen θα είναι πάντα αυτός που έγραψε το Songs of Love and Hate. Οι στίχοι του Sing another song boys και του Joan of Arc χαράκτηκαν στο μυαλό μου, κάπου στις αρχές του Γυμνασίου, ανοίγοντας τον ορίζοντα σε μια διαφορετική πραγματικότητα.

Πόσο σημαντικός μπορεί να γίνει ένας άνθρωπος για τους συνανθρώπους του, παράγοντας πολιτισμό...

Ας μην υποτιμούμε τη δύναμη της μουσικής, της ποίησης, του στίχου. Είναι μια μορφή αντίστασης και ένας τρόπος επιβίωσης.

Joan Of Arc
Leonard Cohen

Now the flames they followed Joan of Arc
as she came riding through the dark;
no moon to keep her armour bright,
no man to get her through this very smoky night.

 She said, "I'm tired of the war,
I want the kind of work I had before,
a wedding dress or something white
to wear upon my swollen appetite."

 Well, I'm glad to hear you talk this way,
you know I've watched you riding every day
and something in me yearns to win
such a cold and lonesome heroine.
"And who are you?" she sternly spoke
to the one beneath the smoke.
"Why, I'm fire," he replied,
"And I love your solitude, I love your pride."

"Then fire, make your body cold,
I'm going to give you mine to hold,"
saying this she climbed inside
to be his one, to be his only bride.
And deep into his fiery heart
he took the dust of Joan of Arc,
and high above the wedding guests
he hung the ashes of her wedding dress.

It was deep into his fiery heart
he took the dust of Joan of Arc,
and then she clearly understood
if he was fire, oh then she must be wood.
I saw her wince, I saw her cry,
I saw the glory in her eye.
Myself I long for love and light,
but must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?

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