That Don't Make It Junk

©Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson, released on Ten New Songs (2001)

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I fought against the bottle,

But I had to do it drunk –

Took my diamond to the pawnshop –

But that don't make it junk.

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I know that I'm forgiven,

But I don't know how I know

I don't trust my inner feelings –

Inner feelings come and go.

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How come you called me here tonight?

How come you bother

With my heart at all?

You raise me up in grace,

Then you put me in a place,

Where I must fall.

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Too late to fix another drink –

The lights are going out –

I'll listen to the darkness sing –

I know what that's about.

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I tried to love you my way,

But I couldn't make it hold.

So I closed the Book of Longing

And I do what I am told.

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How come you called me here tonight?

How come you bother with my heart at all?

You raise me up in grace,

Then you put me in a place,

Where I must fall.

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I fought against the bottle,

But I had to do it drunk –

Took my diamond to the pawnshop –

But that don't make it junk.

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