That’s how the light gets in

“Anthem”
~Leonard Cohen

The birds they sang at the break of day;
‘Start again,’ I heard them say,
Don’t dwell on what has passed away,
or what is yet to be.

Ah the wars they will be fought again,
the holy dove, she will be caught again,
bought and sold and bought again,
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering,
There is a crack in everything —
That’s how the light gets in.

We asked for signs, the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed, the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood of every government —
signs for all to see.

I can’t run no more with that lawless crowd,
while the killers in high places say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud;
and they’re going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring …

You can add up the parts, but you won’t have the sum,
You can strike up the march, there is no drum,
Every heart, every heart to love will come,
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything —
That’s how the light gets in.

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One thought on “That’s how the light gets in

  1. A friend and neighbour of ours was killed by a burst cerebral aneurysm a few years ago. Heaps of people gathered at their house to mark the end of her life and her husband played this song. They had seen Cohen at his Sydney concert not long before and this had been one of her favourite songs. It’s one of mine too, and now has a lot of emotion associated with it.

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