MELODIOUS BLUES

leonard cohenLet language play its tricks

Don’t bore us with your hands

Don’t rattle on about what you know

Don’t try to understand

 

Patrick Kavanagh or Leonard Cohen

Don’t fret about their rhymes

They inherited a lyric deck

Of hearts, jokers, clubs, signs

 

That spades beguile the natty bastards

Who deal diamonds & hold the cards

Let’s sing of taters, scabs, & heather

Tongues hungry for love & words

 

And if you’re with me, you must be a poet

If you’re with me, you’re along for the ride

You don’t have to agree with Pat or me

But from Leonard you cannot hide

 

Everybody knows his dice are loaded

The bleedin’ cracks just let light in

Like birds on a wire outside his tower

All we can do is sing till the end

 

And we know we know nothin’ so we fake it

We make it up as we go along

And if we’re lucky there’s a piano playin’

In our heart when we sing our song

 

for Alyson Jay & “Her Man”

 

 

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