Love Itself

©Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson, released on Ten New Songs (2001). Dedicated to Leon Wiesentier.

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The light came through the window,

Straight from the sun above,

And so inside my little room

There plunged the rays of Love.

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In streams of light I clearly saw

The dust you seldom see,

Out of which the Nameless makes

A Name for one like me.

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I'll try to say a little more:

Love went on and on

Until it reached an open door –

Then Love Itself

Love Itself was gone.

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All busy in the sunlight

The flecks did float and dance,

And I was tumbled up with them

In formless circumstance.

.

I'll try to say a little more:

Love went on and on

Until it reached an open door –

Then Love Itself

Love Itself was gone.

.

Then I came back from where I'd been.

My room, it looked the same –

But there was nothing left between

The Nameless and the Name.

.

All busy in the sunlight

The flecks did float and dance,

And I was tumbled up with them

In formless circumstance.

.

I'll try to say a little more:

Love went on and on

Until it reached an open door –

Then Love itself,

Love Itself was gone.

Love Itself was gone.

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