Tower of Song

He said all men will be sailors then until the sea shall free them, but he himself was broken, long before the sky would open. Forsaken, almost human, he sank beneath your wisdom like a stone.

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Esta mañana la radio me contaba, junto a un montón de estupideces humanas, que Leonard Cohen había fallecido. Luego leía junto a un café amargo el escueto recuerdo que Julia Santibáñez le dedica en su blog y escuchaba en el trabajo su último disco.

Junto a la tristeza de su muerte nos queda el consuelo de haberlo disfrutado, de que se fue lúcido (algo que cada día valoro más) como ya lo hizo Bowie y de que, como éste, nos deja mucho para que lo recordemos. Rest in peace.

Hoy tal vez fuera un día para Hallelujah pero, como ya asomó por aquí hace mucho, escucharemos Tower of Song.

Well, my friends are gone and my hair is grey
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on
I’m just paying my rent every day in the Tower of Song

I said to Hank Williams, how lonely does it get?
Hank Williams hasn’t answered yet
But I hear him coughing all night long
Oh, a hundred floors above me in the Tower of Song

I was born like this, I had no choice
I was born with the gift of a golden voice
And twenty-seven angels from the Great Beyond
They tied me to this table right here in the Tower of Song

So you can stick your little pins in that voodoo doll
I’m very sorry, baby, doesn’t look like me at all
I’m standing by the window where the light is strong
Ah, they don’t let a woman kill you, not in the Tower of Song

Now, you can say that I’ve grown bitter but of this you may be sure
The rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor
And there’s a mighty judgment coming, but I may be wrong
You see, you hear these funny voices in the Tower of Song

I see you standing on the other side
I don’t know how the river got so wide
I loved you baby, way back when
And all the bridges are burning that we might have crossed
But I feel so close to everything that we lost
We’ll never, we’ll never have to lose it again

Now I bid you farewell, I don’t know when I’ll be back
They’re moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you’ll be hearing from me baby, long after I’m gone
I’ll be speaking to you sweetly from a window in the Tower of Song

Yeah, my friends are gone and my hair is gray
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on
I’m just paying my rent every day in the Tower of Song

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