Friday, July 28, 2017

644 – Leonard Cohen – Sisters of Mercy (1967)

Escrita e gravada por Leonard Cohen, foi gravada entre outubro e novembro de 1967, em New York City, nos estúdios da Columbia Records e lançada no seu disco de estréia, chamado Songs of Leonard Cohen, em 27 de dezembro de 1967.

Sisters of Mercy foi escrita em Edmonton, na provincia de Alberta, no Canadá, durante uma tempestade de neve. Leonard entrou num lobby de um escritório pra se refugiar da neve. Lá tinha duas garotas com mochilas nas costas, chamadas Barbara e Lorraine e elas não tinham pra onde ir. Ele perguntou se elas queriam ir pro hotel dele e elas aceitaram. Chegando lá, as duas pularam na cama e adormeceram e ele ficou na poltrona assitindo-as dormirem.

Ele sabia que elas haviam dado alguma coisa pra ele e quando elas acordaram, ele tinha a canção pronta e tocou-a pra elas.

A letra:

Oh, the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song
Oh, I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long

Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control
It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul
Well, I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how you're pinned
When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned

Well, they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
They will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem

When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon
Don't turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon
And you won't make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night
We weren't lovers like that and besides, it would still be all right
We weren't lovers like that and besides, it would still be all right

A versão de Leonard Cohen ao vivo em 1972:


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