Leonard Cohen


First We Take Manhattan - Poem by Leonard Cohen

They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.


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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/5/2016 11:29:00 AM)

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    First We Take Manhattan

    They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
    For trying to change the system from within
    I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them
    First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin
    I'm guided by a signal in the heavens
    I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin
    I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons
    First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

    I'd really like to live beside you, baby
    I love your body and your spirit and your clothes
    But you see that line there moving through the station?
    I told you, I told you, told you, I was one of those

    Ah you loved me as a loser, but now you're worried that I just might win
    You know the way to stop me, but you don't have the discipline
    How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin
    First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

    I don't like your fashion business mister
    And I don't like these drugs that keep you thin
    I don't like what happened to my sister
    First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

    I'd really like to live beside you, baby...

    And I thank you for those items that you sent me
    The monkey and the plywood violin
    I practiced every night, now I'm ready
    First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

    I am guided

    Ah remember me, I used to live for music
    Remember me, I brought your groceries in
    Well it's Father's Day and everybody's wounded
    First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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