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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Leonard Cohen's Joan and Bernadette

I'm still thinking of Joan of Arc and I remembered a song about her, and then also one about another French woman very different from Joan in her person and her visions - Bernadette Soubirous. Here below are the lyrics of the songs by Leonard Cohen .....

-Joan of Arc by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Joan of Arc

Now the flames they followed joan of arc
As she came riding through the dark;
No moon to keep her armour bright,
No man to get her through this very smoky night.
She said, I’m tired of the war,
I want the kind of work I had before,
A wedding dress or something white
To wear upon my swollen appetite.

Well, I’m glad to hear you talk this way,
You know I’ve watched you riding every day
And something in me yearns to win
Such a cold and lonesome heroine.
And who are you? she sternly spoke
To the one beneath the smoke.
Why, I’m fire, he replied,
And I love your solitude, I love your pride.

Then fire, make your body cold,
I’m going to give you mine to hold,
Saying this she climbed inside
To be his one, to be his only bride.
And deep into his fiery heart
He took the dust of joan of arc,
And high above the wedding guests
He hung the ashes of her wedding dress.

It was deep into his fiery heart
He took the dust of joan of arc,
And then she clearly understood
If he was fire, oh then she must be wood.
I saw her wince, I saw her cry,
I saw the glory in her eye.
Myself I long for love and light,
But must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?

- The Ghost of Bernadette Soubirous by an unknown artist, albumen silver print

Song of Bernadette

There was a child named Bernadette
I heard the story long ago
She saw the Queen of Heaven once
And kept the vision in her soul
No one believed what she had seen
No one believed what she heard
That there were sorrows to be healed
And mercy, mercy in this world

So many hearts I find
Broke like yours and mine
Torn by what we've done and can't undo
I just want to hold you
Won't you let me hold you
Like Bernadette would do

We've been around, we fall, we fly
We mostly fall, we mostly run
And every now and then we try
To mend the damage that we've done
Tonight, tonight I cannot rest
I've got this joy inside my breast
To think that I did not forget
That child, that song of Bernadette

So many hearts I find ...


Blogger cowboyangel said...

I know and love Cohen's "Joan of Arc." Have never heard his "Song of Bernadette."

YouTube has the original LP version of "Joan of Arc."

4:30 PM  
Blogger cowboyangel said...

Nice music tracks this week!

4:31 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I have a friend who loves Leonard or otherwise I wouldn't have heard of him. I have to admit, I hate his singing style but he does nice lyrics. I saw that Nick Cave has done one of his songs.

6:51 PM  

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