Leaving Green Sleeves

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

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Alas, my love, you did me wrong,

to cast me out discourteously,

for I have loved you so long,

delighting in your very company.

Now if you intend to show me disdain,

don't you know it all the more enraptures me,

for even so I still remain your lover in captivity.

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Green sleeves, you're all alone,

the leaves have fallen, the men have gone.

Green sleeves, there's no one home,

not even the Lady Green Sleeves

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I sang my songs, I told my lies,

to lie between your matchless thighs.

And ain't it fine, ain't it wild

to finally end our exercise

Then I saw you naked in the early dawn,

oh, I hoped you would be someone new.

I reached for you but you were gone,

so lady I'm going too.

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Green sleeves, you're all alone ...

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Green sleeves, you're all alone,

the leaves have fallen, the men have all gone home.

Green sleeves, it's so easily done,

leaving the Lady Green Sleeves.

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