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Jun

Sweet Sweet Music

There is an endless amount of music in the world and not all of it will reach our ears yet we hear enough to make a list of songs that we connect to the words, or are moved by a melody or rhythmic beat.

Each of us could make a list of the music that we would like played at a wedding, a party or a compilation of songs as a gift.

Yet what songs or music would you choose for your funeral service?  Would you choose hymns, contemporary compositions, classical, rock, jazz, or opera?  The music people select is often a swan song for the deceased whilst offering comfort for the bereaved.

Yesterday morning, a friend of many years passed and I sit here wondering what song she would have liked played in her honour.  We both loved the music of Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave, and casting thought on their fine repertoire, I feel that she would love  Anthem by Leonard Cohen.  My song for you Caz, may you rest in the light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Anthem”  by Leonard Cohen

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government —
signs for all to see.I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.Ring the bells that still can ring …
You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.

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