ESL Video Quiz: syoneda: Leonard Cohen: So Long Marianne

Quiz by: Sharon Yoneda
Quiz #: 27599
(ESL Category: listening) While Cohen's longtime muse, Marianne, lay dying, he penned a final letter to her. She departed life in July, 2016, and Cohen followed her a few months later. This song remains as a testament to their relationship. So long Leonard.

So long Marianne

Come over to the window, my little darling
I'd like to try to read your palm
I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy
Before I let you take me home

Now so long, Marianne, it's time that we began
To laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again

Well you know that I love to live with you
But you make me forget so very much
I forget to pray for the angels
And then the angels forget to pray for us

Now so long, Marianne, it's time that we began

We met when we were almost young
Deep in the green lilac park
You held on to me like I was a crucifix
As we went kneeling through the dark

Oh so long, Marianne, it's time that we began

Your letters they all say that you're beside me now
Then why do I feel alone?
I'm standing on a ledge and your fine spider web
Is fastening my ankle to a stone

Now so long, Marianne, it's time that we began

For now I need your hidden love
I'm cold as a new razor blade
You left when I told you I was curious
I never said that I was brave

Oh so long, Marianne, it's time that we began

Oh, you are really such a pretty one
I see you've gone and changed your name again
And just when I climbed this whole mountainside
To wash my eyelids in the rain

Oh so long, Marianne, it's time that we began

songwriter: Leonard Cohen

performed by: Leonard Cohen

date released: 1995 by Leonard Cohen

Marianne Jensen was Leonard Cohen’s girlfriend. They lived in Greece together, in the 1960s

To quote Leonard:

I began this on Aylmer Street in Montreal and finished it a year or so later at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. I didn’t think I was saying goodbye but I guess I was. She gave me many songs, and she has given songs to others too. She is a Muse. A lot of people I know think that there is nothing more important than making a song. Fortunately, this belief arises infrequently in their conversation

In a CBC radio broadcast dated August 3, 2006, parts of a final letter were read. It was penned by Cohen to Marianne as she lay dying in July, 2016.

Leonard Cohen passed away on November 10, 2016 in Los Angeles. Lest we forget.

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