Leonard Cohen - Take This Waltz Lyrics

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Now in Vienna there are ten pretty women
There's a shoulder where Death comes to cry
There's a lobby with nine hundred windows
There's a tree where the doves go to die
There's a piece that was torn from the morning
And it hangs in the Gallery of Frost

I, I-I-I
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take this waltz with the clamp on its jaws

Oh, I want you, I want you, I want you
On a chair with a dead magazine
In the cave at the tip of the lilly
In some hallway where love's never been
On a bed where the moon has been sweating
In a cry filled with footsteps and sand

I, I-I-I
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take its broken waist in your hand

This waltz, this waltz, this waltz, this waltz
With its very own breath of brandy and Death
Dragging its tail in the sea

There's a concert hall in Vienna
Where your mouth had a thousand reviews
There's a bar where the boys have stopped talking
They've been sentenced to death by the blues
Ah, but who is it climbs to your picture
With a garland of freshly cut tears?

I, I-I-I
Take this waltz, take this waltz
Take this waltz, it's been dying for years

There's an attic where children are playing
Where I've got to lie down with you soon
In a dream of Hungarian lanterns
In the mist of some sweet afternoon
And I'll see what you've chained to your sorrow
All your sheep and your lillies of snow

I, I-I-I
Take this waltz, take this waltz
With its "I'll never forget you, you know!"

This waltz, this waltz, this waltz, this waltz
With its very own breath of brandy and Death
Dragging its tail in the sea

And I'll dance with you in Vienna
I'll be wearing a river's disguise
The hyacinth wild on my shoulder
My mouth on the dew of your thighs
And I'll bury my soul in a scrapbook
With the photographs there, and the moss
And I'll yield to the flood of your beauty
My cheap violin and my cross
And you'll carry me down on your dancing
To the pools that you lift on your wrist
Oh my love, oh my love
Take this waltz, take this waltz
It's yours now, it's all that there is

(La-la-la, la-la-la)
(La-la-la, la-la-la)
(La-la-la, la-la-la)
(La-la-la, la-la-la)
(La-la-la, la-la-la)
(La-la-la, la-la-la)
(I, I-I-I)

Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 First We Take Manhattan
  • 2 Ain't No Cure for Love
  • 3 Everybody Knows
  • 4 I'm Your Man
  • 5 Take This Waltz
  • 6 Jazz Police
  • 7 I Can't Forget
  • 8 Tower of Song


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    writers: Leonard Cohen
    album: Track 5 in album I'm Your Man
    release date: 1988-2
    popularity : 179 users have visited this page.
    genres: Electronic Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock/Synth-pop/Ballad
    producer: Jean-Michel Reusser, Leonard Cohen and Roscoe Beck
    lead vocals: Leonard Cohen
    performer: Jean-Philippe Rykiel
    mixer: Frank Wolf and Leanne Ungar
    recorded by: Jean-Jacques Peruchon, Leanne Ungar and Kevin Beauchamp
    arranger: Jean-Philippe Rykiel
    violin: Raffi Hakopian
    background vocals: Jennifer Warnes, Elisabeth Valletti, Evelyne Hebey and Mayel Assouly
    Album Information
    label: CBS
    country(area): Europe
    format: 12" Vinyl
    barcode: 5099746064211
    script: Latin