Leonard Cohen/Madeleine Peyroux: Half The Perfect World

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Half The Perfect World

Every night he'd come to me
I'd cook for him; I'd pour his tea
I was in my thirties then
Had made some money, lived with men

We'd lay us down to give and get
Beneath the white mosquito net
And since no counting had begun
We lived a thousand years in one

CHORUS: The candles burned
The moon went down
The polished hill. The milky town
Transparent. Weightless. Luminous
Uncovering the two of us
On that fundamental ground
Where love's unwilled, unleashed, unbound
And half the perfect world is found

CHORUS: The candles burned. The moon went down The polished hill. The milky town.
Transparent. Weightless. Luminous.
Uncovering the two of us on that fundamental ground
Where love's unwilled, unleashed, unbound
And half the perfect world is found

CHORUS: The candles burned. The moon went down. The polished hill. The milky town.
Transparent. Weightless. Luminous.
Uncovering the two of us on that fundamental
ground
Where love's unwilled, unleashed, unbound
And half the perfect world is found






songwriters: Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas

performed by: Madeleine Peyroux

date released: 2006 by Madeleine Peyroux

Leonard Cohen endured depression and suicidal ideation for much of his life. During the years of 1994 to 2001, Cohen went into seclusion at the Mt. Baldy Zen Centre to wrestle with his demons. In 1996, he was ordained as a Rinzai Zen monk and took the darma name, "Jikan", meaning silence. In 2001, he emerged back into the secular world and to the world of music.

When a Zen Buddhist monk writes of "a perfect world", one is reminded of the zen warrior precept: every moment is a perfect one. That Cohen experienced the perfect world as halved can be a reference to his incomplete state of egoless existence. "We live a thousand years in one" suggests the timelessness and impermanence of a devotee's meditative experience.

There is much enjoyment in listening to Cohen's new compositions as he injects a great deal of humour to his usual pessimism on political/cultural issues. Clearly, Cohen's experience of Zen has taught him the steps of "dancing on the surface." All else is ego. Fortunately for half the world, women, Cohen has not surrendered his ladies' man appeal.


Half The Perfect World

Every night he'd come to me
I'd cook for him; I'd pour his tea
I was in my thirties then
Had made some money, lived with men

We'd lay us down to give and get
Beneath the white mosquito net
And since no counting had begun
We lived a thousand years in one

CHORUS: The candles burned
The moon went down
The polished hill. The milky town
Transparent. Weightless. Luminous
Uncovering the two of us
On that fundamental ground
Where love's unwilled, unleashed, unbound
And half the perfect world is found

CHORUS: The candles burned. The moon went down The polished hill. The milky town.
Transparent. Weightless. Luminous.
Uncovering the two of us on that fundamental ground
Where love's unwilled, unleashed, unbound
And half the perfect world is found

CHORUS: The candles burned. The moon went down. The polished hill. The milky town.
Transparent. Weightless. Luminous.
Uncovering the two of us on that fundamental
ground
Where love's unwilled, unleashed, unbound
And half the perfect world is found






songwriters: Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas

performed by: Madeleine Peyroux

date released: 2006 by Madeleine Peyroux

Leonard Cohen endured depression and suicidal ideation for much of his life. During the years of 1994 to 2001, Cohen went into seclusion at the Mt. Baldy Zen Centre to wrestle with his demons. In 1996, he was ordained as a Rinzai Zen monk and took the darma name, "Jikan", meaning silence. In 2001, he emerged back into the secular world and to the world of music.

When a Zen Buddhist monk writes of "a perfect world", one is reminded of the zen warrior precept: every moment is a perfect one. That Cohen experienced the perfect world as halved can be a reference to his incomplete state of egoless existence. "We live a thousand years in one" suggests the timelessness and impermanence of a devotee's meditative experience.

There is much enjoyment in listening to Cohen's new compositions as he injects a great deal of humour to his usual pessimism on political/cultural issues. Clearly, Cohen's experience of Zen has taught him the steps of "dancing on the surface." All else is ego. Fortunately for half the world, women, Cohen has not surrendered his ladies' man appeal.


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Quiz #: 3203
Two greats on one page: poet-songmeister Leonard Cohen and jazz songstress, Madeleine Peyroux
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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