Blessed Is the Memory

©Leonard Cohen, released on Bonus tracks on 2007 reissues

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I remember the promise

That you made in the barn

When the kittens were born

And you could not keep warm

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So you moved away the mountain

That the sun rose behind

And you said yourself a prayer

And laid down with the blind

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But you lost them in your freedom

And you need him now, you're wild

Blessed is the memory

Of everybody's child

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And the vow of compassion

That you swore through your teeth

When the war began to end

And the photographs weep

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Well, nobody blames you

As the train pulls away

With its cargo of snow

For these German paper-weights

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But you lost them in your freedom

And you need him now, you're wild

Blessed is the memory

Of everybody's child

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Well, its five in the morning

There's no one home

Except for your wife

And your child on the phone

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Somebody's got to listen

To a promise or two

Oh, this room is far too small

For a pilgrim like you

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But you lost them in your freedom

And you need him now, you're wild

Blessed is the memory

Of everybody's child

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So, now that you've decided

To follow the sun

Like a shadow of birds

Or a King on the run

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Oh, your chains are too dark

For the seas you must swim

You're smiling at the seaweed

But your smile is too grim

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But you lost them in your freedom

And you need him now, you're wild

Blessed is the memory

Of everybody's child

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Blessed is the memory

Of everybody's child

Blessed is the memory

Of everybody's child

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