The Guests

©Leonard Cohen, released on Recent Songs (1979)

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One by one, the guests arrive

The guests are coming through

The open-hearted many

The broken-hearted few

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And no one knows where the night is going

And no one knows why the wine is flowing

Oh love I need you

I need you

I need you

I need you

Oh ... I need you now

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And those who dance, begin to dance

Those who weep begin

And "Welcome, welcome" cries a voice

"Let all my guests come in."

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And no one knows where the night is going ...

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And all go stumbling through that house

in lonely secrecy

Saying "Do reveal yourself"

or "Why has thou forsaken me?"

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And no one knows where the night is going ...

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All at once the torches flare

The inner door flies open

One by one they enter there

In every style of passion

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And no one knows where the night is going ...

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And here they take their sweet repast

While house and grounds dissolve

And one by one the guests are cast

Beyond the garden wall

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And no one knows where the night is going ...

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Those who dance, begin to dance

Those who weep begin

Those who earnestly are lost

Are lost and lost again

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And no one knows where the night is going ...

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One by one the guests arrive

The guests are coming through

The broken-hearted many

The open-hearted few

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And no one knows where the night is going ...

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