jeudi 19 novembre 2009

#4 Les lyrics du jeudi /// Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen - One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong (from Songs of Leonard Cohen)

"But you stand there so nice in your blizzard of ice, oh please let me come into the storm"

Aujourd'hui, un peu de pédagogie. Une petite leçon à tous les pseudo-auteurs de texte et à tous leurs fans qui crient au génie.

Leonard Cohen ne s'est pas uniquement distingué pour avoir écrit Hallelujah (reprise par Jeff Buckley), il est l'auteur de trois premiers albums indispensables et d'une myriade de textes cultes.

I lit a thin green candle, to make you jealous of me.
But the room just filled up with mosquitos,
they heard that my body was free.
Then I took the dust of a long sleepless night
and I put it in your little shoe.
And then I confess that I tortured the dress
that you wore for the world to look through.

I showed my heart to the doctor: he said I just have to quit.
Then he wrote himself a prescription,
and your name was mentioned in it!
Then he locked himself in a library shelf
with the details of our honeymoon,
and I hear from the nurse that he's gotten much worse
and his practice is all in a ruin.

I heard of a saint who had loved you,
so I studied all night in his school.
He taught that the duty of lovers
is to tarnish the golden rule.
And just when I was sure that his teachings were pure
he drowned himself in the pool.
His body is gone but back here on the lawn
his spirit continues to drool.

An Eskimo showed me a movie
he'd recently taken of you:
the poor man could hardly stop shivering,
his lips and his fingers were blue.
I suppose that he froze when the wind took your clothes
and I guess he just never got warm.
But you stand there so nice, in your blizzard of ice,
oh please let me come into the storm.

Pour les non-anglophones, une traduction du texte ici, mais qui ne rend pas entièrement compte de la puissance du texte original.

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