YOU WANT IT DARKER



October 21, 2016

Listen to the whole album here
(link updated on October 19; active only a few days)

Interview with Leonard at the album launch event here

Tracks:

1. You Want It Darker 4:44
2. Treaty 4:02
3. On the Level 3:28
4. Leaving the Table 3:47
5. If I Didn't Have Your Love 3:36
6. Traveling Light 4:22
7. It Seemed the Better Way 4:22
8. Steer Your Way 4:24
9. String Reprise/ Treaty 3:27



SONG LYRICS

Copyright 2016 by Old Ideas, LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission



YOU WANT IT DARKER

Words by Leonard Cohen, music by Patrick Leonard
If you are the dealer
Iam out of the game
If you are the healer
I'm broken and lame
If thine is the glory
Then mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Magnified and sanctified
Be Thy Holy Name
Vilified and crucified
In the human frame
A million candles burning
For the help that never came
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Hineni Hineni
I'm ready, my Lord

There's a lover in the story
But the story is still the same
There's a lullaby for suffering
And a paradox to blame
But it's written in the scriptures
And it's not some idle claim
You want it darker
We kill the flame

They're lining up the prisoners
The guards are taking aim
I struggled with some demons
They were middle-class and tame
Didn't know I had permission
To murder and to maim
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Hineni Hineni
I'm ready, my Lord

Magnified and sanctified
Be Thy Holy Name
Vilified and crucified
In the human frame
A million candles burning
For the love that never came
You want it darker
We kill the flame

If you are the dealer
I'm out of the game
If you are the healer
I'm broken and lame
If thine is the glory
Then mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Hineni Hineni
I'm ready, my Lord



TREATY

Words and music by Leonard Cohen
I seen you change the water into wine
I seen you change it back to water too
I sit at your table every night
I try but I just don't get high with you

I wish there was a treaty we could sign
I do not care who takes this bloody hill
I'm angry and I'm tired all the time
I wish there was a treaty
I wish there was a treaty
Between your love and mine

They're dancing in the street - it's Jubilee
We sold ourselves for love but now we're free
I'm so sorry for the ghost I made you be
Only one of us was real - and that was me.

I haven't said a word since you've been gone
That any liar couldn't say as well
I just can't believe the static coming on
You were my ground - my safe and sound
You were my aerial

The fields are crying out - it's Jubilee
We sold ourselves for love but now we're free
I'm so sorry for the ghost I made you be
Only one of us was real - and that was me.

I heard the snake was baffled by his sin
He shed his scales to find the snake within
But born again is born without a skin
The poison enters into everything
I wish there was a treaty we could sign
I do not care who takes the bloody hill
I'm angry and I'm tired all the time
I wish there was a treaty
I wish there was a treaty
Between your love and mine

I wish there was a treaty we could sign
It's over now, the water and the wine
We were broken then, but now we're borderline
I wish there was a treaty
I wish there was a treaty
Between your love and mine


ON THE LEVEL

Words by Leonard Cohen, music by Sharon Robinson
I knew that it was wrong
I didn't have a doubt
I was dying to get back home
And you were starting out

I said I best be moving on
You said, we have all day
You smiled at me like I was young
It took my breath away

Your crazy fragrance all around
Your secrets all in view
My lost, my lost was saying found
My don't was saying do

Let's keep it on the level
When I walked away from you
I turned my back on the devil
Turned my back on the angel too

They ought to give my heart a medal
For letting go of you
When I turned my back on the devil
Turned my back on the angel too

Now I'm living in this temple
Where they tell you what to do
I'm old and I've had to settle
On a different point of view

I was fighting with temptation
But I didn't want to win
A man like me don't like to see
Temptation caving in

Your crazy fragrance all around
You secrets in my view
My lost, my lost was saying found
My don't was saying do

Let's keep it on the level
When I walked away from you
I turned my back on the devil
Turned my back on the angel too

They ought to give my heart a medal
For letting go of you
When I turned my back on the devil
Turned my back on the angel too


LEAVING THE TABLE

Words and music by Leonard Cohen
I'm leaving the table
I'm out of the game
I don't know the people
In your picture frame
If I ever loved you
It's a crying shame
If I ever loved you
If I knew your name

You don't need a lawyer
I'm not making a claim
You don't need to surrender
I'm not taking aim
I don't need a lover
The wretched beast is tame
I don't need a lover
So blow out the flame

There's nobody missing
There is no reward
Little by little
We're cutting the cord
We're spending the treasure
That love cannot afford
I know you can feel it
The sweetness restored

I don't need a reason
For what I became
I've got these excuses
They're tired and lame
I don't need a pardon
There's no one left to blame
I'm leaving the table
I'm out of the game


IF I DIDN'T HAVE YOUR LOVE

Words by Leonard Cohen, music by Patrick Leonard
If the sun would lose its light
And we lived an endless night
And there was nothing left
That you could feel
That's how it would be
What the world would seem to me
If I didn't have your love
To make it real

If the stars were all unpinned
And a cold and bitter wind
Swallowed up the world
Without a trace
Well that's where I would be
What my life would seem to me
If I couldn't lift the veil
And see your face

If no leaves were on the tree
And no water in the sea
And the break of day
Had nothing to reveal
That's how broken I would be
What my life would seem to me
If I didn't have your love
To make it real

If the sun would lose its light
And we lived an endless night
And there was nothing left
That you could feel
If the sea were sand alone
And the flowers made of stone
And no one that you hurt
Could ever heal
That's how broken I would be
What my life would seem to me
If I didn't have your love
To make it real


TRAVELING LIGHT

Words by Leonard Cohen,
music by Patrick Leonard and Adam Cohen

I'm traveling light
It's au revoir
My once so bright
My fallen star

I'm running late
They'll close the bar
I used to play
One mean guitar

I guess I'm just
Somebody who
Has given up
On the me and you
I'm not alone
I've met a few
Traveling light like
We used to do

Goodnight goodnight
My fallen star
I guess you're right
You always are

I know you're right
About the blues
You live some life
You'd never choose

I'm just a fool
A dreamer who
Forgot to dream
Of the me and you
I am not alone
I've met a few
Traveling light like
We used to do

Traveling light
It's au revoir
My once so bright
My fallen star

I'm running late
They'll close the bar
I used to play
One mean guitar

I guess I'm just
Somebody who
Has given up
On the me and you
I'm not alone
I've met a few
Traveling light like
We used to do

But if the road
Leads back to you
Must I forget
The things I knew
When I was friends
With one or two
Traveling light like
We used to do
I'm traveling light


IT SEEMED THE BETTER WAY

Words by Leonard Cohen, music by Patrick Leonard
It seemed the better way
When first I heard him speak
But now it's much too late
To turn the other cheek
Sounded like the truth
Seemed the better way
Sounded like the truth
But it's not the truth today

I wonder what it was
I wonder what it meant
At first he touched on love
But then he touched on death

I better hold my tongue
I better take my place
Lift this glass of blood
Try to say the grace


STEER YOUR WAY

Words and music by Leonard Cohen
Steer your way through the ruins of the Altar and the Mall
Steer your way through the fables of Creation and The Fall
Steer your way past the Palaces that rise above the rot
Year by year
Month by month
Day by day
Thought by thought

Steer your heart past the Truth you believed in yesterday
Such as Fundamental Goodness and the Wisdom of the Way
Steer your heart, precious heart, past the women whom you bought
Year by year
Month by month
Day by day
Thought by thought

Steer your way through the pain that is far more real than you
That has smashed the Cosmic Model that has blinded every View
And please don't make me go there, tho' there be a God or not

Year by year
Month by month
Day by day
Thought by thought

They whisper still, the injured stones, the blunted mountains weep
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make things cheap
And say the Mea Culpa, which you've probably forgot
Year by year
Month by month
Day by day
Thought by thought

Steer your way, O my heart, tho' I have no right to ask
To the one who was never never equal to the task
Who knows he's been convicted, who knows he will be shot
Year by year
Month by month
Day by day
Thought by thought

Copyright 2016 by Old Ideas, LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission.



The title track "You Want It Darker" now
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The album was produced by Adam Cohen and mixed by Michael "Don Miguel" Chaves.
Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen Mastering, Los Angeles
Management: Kory & Rice, LLP, Robert Kory and Michelle Rice
Executive Assistant: Kezban Özcan
Album cover designed by Sammy Slabbinck Collage & Illustrations

Two of the tracks feature a collaboration between the Cantor of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim and the Shaar Synagogue Choir conducted by Roi Azoulay

Press Release (September 21, 2016) by Sony Music here



Photo © Adam Cohen and Sony Music 2016



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