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  • leonard cohen'in ten new songs albümünde yer alan parçası.
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    by the rivers dark
    i wandered on.
    i lived my life
    in babylon.

    and i did forget
    my holy song:
    and i had no strength
    in babylon.

    by the rivers dark
    where i could not see
    who was waiting there
    who was hunting me.

    and he cut my lip
    and he cut my heart.
    so i could not drink
    from the river dark.

    and he covered me,
    and i saw within,
    my lawless heart
    and my wedding ring,

    i did not know
    and i could not see
    who was waiting there,
    who was hunting me

    by the rivers dark
    i panicked on.
    i belonged at last
    to babylon.

    then he struck my heart
    with a deadly force,
    and he said, ‘this heart:
    it is not yours.’

    and he gave the wind
    my wedding ring:
    and he circled us
    with everything.

    by the rivers dark,
    in a wounded dawn,
    i live my life
    in babylon.

    though i take my song
    from a withered limb,
    both song and tree,
    they sing for him.

    be the truth unsaid
    and the blessing gone,
    if i forget
    my babylon.

    i did not know
    and i could not see
    who was waiting there.
    who was hunting me.

    by the rivers dark,
    where it all goes on:
    by the rivers dark
    in babylon.
  • bir röportajdan:

    'this is a reference to the book of psalms (psalm 137): the children of ısrael are in exile, their captors asked them to sing, but they refuse because they can not celebrate sacred songs in a foreign land. ın the psalm it is said: ‘ıf ı forget thee, o jerusalem, let my arm fall, my tongue cleave to my palate.’ ı got this idea of applying jerusalem to babylon. this song is about reconciliation between the profane and the sacred.'