So Long, Marianne

©Leonard Cohen, released on Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)

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Come over to the window, my little darling,

I'd like to try to read your palm.

I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy

before I let you take me home.

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Now so long, Marianne, it's time that we began

to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.

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Well you know that I love to live with you,

but you make me forget so very much.

I forget to pray for the angels

and then the angels forget to pray for us.

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Now so long, Marianne, it's time that we began

to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.

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We met when we were almost young

deep in the green lilac park.

You held on to me like I was a crucifix,

as we went kneeling through the dark.

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Now so long, Marianne, it's time that we began

to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.

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Your letters they all say that you're beside me now.

Then why do I feel alone?

I'm standing on a ledge and your fine spider web

is fastening my ankle to a stone.

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Now so long, Marianne, it's time that we began

to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.

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For now I need your hidden love.

I'm cold as a new razor blade.

You left when I told you I was curious,

I never said that I was brave.

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Now so long, Marianne, it's time that we began

to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.

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Oh, you are really such a pretty one.

I see you've gone and changed your name again.

And just when I climbed this whole mountainside,

to wash my eyelids in the rain!

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Now so long, Marianne, it's time that we began

to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.

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