Is This What You Wanted

©Leonard Cohen, released on New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974)

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You were the promise at dawn,

I was the morning after.

You were Jesus Christ my Lord,

I was the money lender.

You were the sensitive woman,

I was the very reverend Freud.

You were the manual orgasm,

I was the dirty little boy.

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And is this what you wanted

to live in a house that is haunted

by the ghost of you and me?

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Is this what you wanted ...

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You were Marlon Brando,

I was Steve McQueen.

You were K.Y. Jelly,

I was Vaseline.

You were the father of modern medicine,

I was Mr. Clean.

You where the whore and the beast of Babylon,

I was Rin Tin Tin.

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And is this what you wanted ...

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And is this what you wanted ...

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You got old and wrinkled,

I stayed seventeen.

You lusted after so many,

I lay here with one.

You defied your solitude,

I came through alone.

You said you could never love me,

I undid your gown.

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And is this what you wanted ...

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And is this what you wanted ...

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I mean is this what you wanted ...

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That's right, is this what you wanted ...

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