Saturday, 12 November 2016

A Working Man: A tribute to Leonard Cohen

(For Marc, on his 48th birthday)

A Working Man
- By Leonard Cohen

I had a wife and children
I got drunk on Saturday night
I went to work everyday
I hated the rich
I wanted to fuck a college girl
I was proud to be a working man
I hated the assholes
   who run the revolution
The ones like me will win
We do not need words
You are all on your knees
Looking for the lost nipple
We stand here
We are already above you
Soon the law will be ours
Soon you will experience our mercy
I have no friends
I have no class
There is no we
I had to play on your social illusions
   to get your here in the middle of the night
Dip your flags in the blood
Light your torches
The women are waiting
   in high-buttoned white dresses
Your dignity is restored

We don't give a shit about all this so don't try and threaten us with hints of a New Order. The beings that hover round this table have already overthrown the world and shoved it back up your asshole exactly the same as it was before.


Happy birthday to the man
Who is more than a working man
More than a father
More than a friend
More than my man
   who means more to us
(down here)
 Than could ever be known

So eat, drink and be merry my dear
   (my dear, my dear)
Because all that is clear
Is that you are here



Stranger Music
Selected Poems and Songs
By: Leonard Cohen


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