And I'll dance with you in Vienna
I'll be wearing a river's disguise
The hyacinth wild on my shoulder
My mouth on the dew of your thighs
And I'll bury my soul in a scrapbook
With the photographs there, and the moss
And I'll yield to the flood of your beauty
My cheap violin and my cross
And you'll carry me down on your dancing
To the pools that you lift on your wrist
Oh my love, oh my love
Take this waltz, take this waltz
It's yours now, it's all that there is
There are too many for me to have a favorite, but that one is special. My wife is named Suzanne, and we met a few years after that song was released, when recordings by several singers were being widely played.
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror.
I know that she's half crazy, but that's why I want to be there . . .
I first encountered Leonard Cohen when I bought his novel Beautiful Losers. Was this before any of his songs entered the picture? I think so but I'm not completely sure. Anyway, from the moment I first heard Judy Collins' version of Suzanne, Leonard Cohen became one of my favorite songwriters. I have a well-used Leonard Cohen songbook. How many of his tunes did I regularly play? A half dozen? The Song of Isaac, for sure. My friends were endlessly amused with my spot-on Leonard Cohen impersonation. My memory once more fails me, but I believe I once saw him perform live.
In any event, a major influence. Rest in Peace.
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