Leonard Cohen - Alexandra Leaving Lyrics

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Suddenly the night has grown colder
The god of love preparing to depart
Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder,
They slip between the sentries of the heart

Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure
They gain the light, they formlessly entwine
And radiant beyond your widest measure
They fall among the voices and the wine

It's not a trick, your senses all deceiving
A fitful dream, the morning will exhaust
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost

Even though she sleeps upon your satin
Even though she wakes you with a kiss
Do not say the moment was imagined
Do not stoop to strategies like this

As someone long prepared for this to happen
Go firmly to the window, drink it in
Exquisite music Alexandra laughing
Your first commitments tangible again

And you who had the honor of her evening,
And by the honor had your own restored
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Alexandra leaving with her Lord

Even though she sleeps upon your satin
Even though she wakes you with a kiss
Do not say the moment was imagined
Do not stoop to strategies like this

As someone long prepared for the occasion
In full command of every plan you wrecked
Do not choose a coward's explanation
that hides behind the cause and the effect

And you who were bewildered by a meaning
Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost

Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost

Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 In My Secret Life
  • 2 A Thousand Kisses Deep
  • 3 That Don't Make It Junk
  • 4 Here It Is
  • 5 Love Itself
  • 6 By the Rivers Dark
  • 7 Alexandra Leaving
  • 8 You Have Loved Enough
  • 9 Boogie Street
  • 10 The Land of Plenty


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    writers: Leonard Cohen, Sharon Robinson
    album: Track 7 in album Ten New Songs
    release date: 2001-10-8
    popularity : 77 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Blues Pop
    styles: Folk Rock/Pop Rock
    length: 5:26
    producer: Sharon Robinson
    vocal: Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson
    performer: Sharon Robinson
    mixer: Leonard Cohen, Sharon Robinson and Leanne Ungar
    engineer: Leanne Ungar
    arranger: Sharon Robinson
    programming: Sharon Robinson
    Album Information
    label: Columbia
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: CD
    barcode: 5099750120224
    script: Latin