Leonard Cohen: Dance Me To The End Of Love

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Dance Me to the End of Love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance to the wedding, now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly , and dance me very long
We're both of us beneath our love
We're both of us above
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to end of love

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that are kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand
Touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love




songwriter: Leonard Cohen

performed by: Leonard Cohen

date released: 1984 by Leonard Cohen; re-released by various artist but most notably by jazz songstress, Madeleine Peyroux, in 2005

"Dance Me to the End of Love" is a multi-layered piece juxtaposing very odd bedfellows of the Holocaust experience and passionate romance. In the Nazi death camps, it was not uncommon to find a string quartet playing classical pieces while fellow inmates were put to tortuous deaths. We find this experience in the line, "Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin. Dance me to the panic til I'm gathered safely in." It can be argued that the consummation of human life, "lift me like an olive branch and be my homeword dove" is captured in the ecstasy of romantic love; in other words, death and passionate surrender. Metaphors and other literary tropes abound in this piece and can be exploited for study purposes.




Dance Me to the End of Love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance to the wedding, now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly , and dance me very long
We're both of us beneath our love
We're both of us above
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to end of love

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that are kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand
Touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love




songwriter: Leonard Cohen

performed by: Leonard Cohen

date released: 1984 by Leonard Cohen; re-released by various artist but most notably by jazz songstress, Madeleine Peyroux, in 2005

"Dance Me to the End of Love" is a multi-layered piece juxtaposing very odd bedfellows of the Holocaust experience and passionate romance. In the Nazi death camps, it was not uncommon to find a string quartet playing classical pieces while fellow inmates were put to tortuous deaths. We find this experience in the line, "Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin. Dance me to the panic til I'm gathered safely in." It can be argued that the consummation of human life, "lift me like an olive branch and be my homeword dove" is captured in the ecstasy of romantic love; in other words, death and passionate surrender. Metaphors and other literary tropes abound in this piece and can be exploited for study purposes.




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Quiz #: 2887
Canada's most enduring poet-singer-songwriter, Leonard Cohen, is still dancing in his seventies.
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
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