Nightingale

©Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas, released on Dear Heather (2004). Dedicated to Carl Anderson (1945-2004).

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I built my house beside the wood

So I could hear you singing

And it was sweet and it was good

And love was all beginning

Fare thee well my nightingale

"Twas long ago I found you

Now all your songs of beauty fail

The forest closes 'round you

The sun goes down behind a veil

"Tis now that you would call me

So rest in peace my nightingale

Beneath your branch of holly

Fare thee well my nightingale

I lived but to be near you

Tho' you are singing somewhere still

I can no longer hear you

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