poet Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

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Suzanne

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she's half crazy
But that's why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you've always been her lover
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you've touched her perfect body with your mind.

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Keith BrownKeith Brown (4/24/2020 9:19:00 PM)

    Great song to sing and play hard to match let alone beat the original

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  • Keith BrownKeith Brown (4/24/2020 9:18:00 PM)

    Leonard apparently tried many gods, probably the same one in different guises
    Which ones right now that’s the trick, but someone gave him his gift

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (11/6/2019 8:31:00 PM)

    Thanks Dr. Fab. for giving the entire text of a justly famous song. 'Suzanne' mingles the religious
    with the sensual 'you've always been her lover'.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/18/2019 2:00:00 AM)

    she lets the river answer
    That you've always been her lover
    And you want to travel with her.. tocuhing her body with the mind . a very good poem and great imagination. tony

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (1/9/2018 1:48:00 PM)

    Gulp! The man had such an imagination and put together the most strange thoughts and they suddenly belonged together because he sang them into your soul. Miss his voice in poem and song

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (11/22/2017 9:22:00 AM)

    I first heard this poem sung over the radio in my parent's restaurant in New York City when I was a little girl and this has been one of my lifetime favorites..Thank you! a ten and a share on Facebook..

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  • * Sunprincess * (11/10/2016 9:56:00 PM)

    ............beautiful and lyrical, an amazing write ★

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (11/28/2015 3:03:00 PM)

    FULL TEXT:

    ''Suzanne''


    Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
    You can hear the boats go by
    You can spend the night beside her
    And you know that she's half crazy
    But that's why you want to be there
    And she feeds you tea and oranges
    That come all the way from China
    And just when you mean to tell her
    That you have no love to give her
    Then she gets you on her wavelength
    And she lets the river answer
    That you've always been her lover
    And you want to travel with her
    And you want to travel blind
    And you know that she will trust you
    For you've touched her perfect body with your mind.

    And Jesus was a sailor
    When he walked upon the water
    And he spent a long time watching
    From his lonely wooden tower
    And when he knew for certain
    Only drowning men could see him
    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
    And you want to travel with him
    And you want to travel blind
    And you think maybe you'll trust him
    For he's touched your perfect body with his mind.

    Now Suzanne takes your hand
    And she leads you to the river
    She is wearing rags and feathers
    From Salvation Army counters
    And the sun pours down like honey
    On our lady of the harbour
    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
    And you want to travel with her
    And you want to travel blind
    And you know that you can trust her
    For she's touched your perfect body with her mind.

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    Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black(10/13/2016 5:38:00 PM)

    I heard this song many years ago and it has been one of my favorites..thank you for adding the full version..

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (2/20/2015 1:27:00 AM)

    This is fine as a poem or a song.

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  • Wendy Mcallister (7/18/2007 8:46:00 PM)

    There are verses missing!

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