1. Anthem

From the recording Somewhere to Begin

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Written by 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

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

Chorus: 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

We asked for signs, the signs were sent:
The birth betrayed, the marriage spent
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 up a thundercloud
They’re going to hear from me Chorus

You can add up the parts, you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march, on your little broken drum
Every heart, every heart to love will come
But like a refugee Chorus

Leonard Cohen © Sony/ATV Songs