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Leonard Cohen: Please Don’t Pass Me By (A Disgrace)

15 Aug

Today is India’s independence day ! Sixty seventh independence day. I remember a time when there was no color television,internet and computers. First time saw a lady blissfully talk on a mobile phone ( it looked like a walkie talkie from Star Trek) on Bombay railway station ( CST) gave me a heart attack. I was younger and wondered ” How filthy rich people are?” The call rates were obscene. Things have improved and progressed these years. Every body talks so much more ,are well informed and clued in. The country has gained confidence. I think its at a stage of cockiness bit like brashness of a adolescent. The confidence has been good too and to quote a beloved tennis great ” cultural shift has happened in India in all parts of life and we are shooting for excellence now, It has taken a good thirty years for shift to happen”. There are things do miss, it was greener before, trees abound, post offices, playground and women were not fixated with body images. When was young or still always went for healthier women. I mean everybody looks the same gym toned archetype. Anyway I like my friends. The best thing about my country is arts,culture,spirituality,beautiful landscapes and people. People are still nicer and warm in country side. I remember losing myself in a trek once as a teenager,stumbling upon a village of beautiful gypsies. They offered food and drink. India is very kind and hospitable. I want to sing this song for Independence day..

Please Don’t Pass Me By (A Disgrace)

I was walking in New York City and I brushed up against the man in front of
me. I felt a cardboard placard on his back. And when we passed a streetlight,
I could read it, it said “Please don’t pass me by – I am blind, but you can
see – I’ve been blinded totally – Please don’t pass me by.” I was walking
along 7th Avenue, when I came to 14th Street I saw on the corner curious
mutilations of the human form; it was a school for handicapped people. And
there were cripples, and people in wheelchairs and crutches and it was snowing,
and I got this sense that the whole city was singing this:

Oh please don’t pass me by,
oh please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, but you can see,
yes, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh please don’t pass me by.

And you know as I was walking I thought it was them who were singing it, I
thought it was they who were singing it, I thought it was the other who was
singing it, I thought it was someone else. But as I moved along I knew it was
me, and that I was singing it to myself. It went:

Please don’t pass me by,
oh please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, but you can see,
well, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh please don’t pass me by.

Oh please don’t pass me by.

Now I know that you’re sitting there deep in your velvet seats and you’re
thinking “Uh, he’s up there saying something that he thinks about, but I’ll
never have to sing that song.” But I promise you friends, that you’re going
to be singing this song: it may not be tonight, it may not be tomorrow, but
one day you’ll be on your knees and I want you to know the words when the
time comes. Because you’re going to have to sing it to yourself, or to another,
or to your brother. You’re going to have to learn to sing this song, it goes:

Please don’t pass me by,
ah you don’t have to sing this .. not for you.
Please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, but you can see,
yes, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh please don’t pass me by.

Well I sing this for the Jews and the Gypsies and the smoke that they made.
And I sing this for the children of England, their faces so grave. And I sing
this for a saviour with no one to save. Hey, won’t you be naked for me? Hey,
won’t you be naked for me? It goes:

Please don’t pass me by,
oh please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, but you can see,
yes, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh now, please don’t pass me by.

Now there’s nothing that I tell you that will help you connect the blood
tortured night with the day that comes next. But I want it to hurt you, I
want it to end. Oh, won’t you be naked for me? Oh now:

Please don’t pass me by,
oh please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, but you can see,
but I’ve been blinded totally,
oh, please don’t pass me by.

Well I sing this song for you Blonde Beasts, I sing this song for you Venuses
upon your shells on the foam of the sea. And I sing this for the freaks and
the cripples, and the hunchback, and the burned, and the burning, and the
maimed, and the broken, and the torn, and all of those that you talk about at
the coffee tables, at the meetings, and the demonstrations, on the streets,
in your music, in my songs. I mean the real ones that are burning, I mean the
real ones that are burning

I say, please don’t pass me by,
oh now, please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, yeah but you can see,
ah now, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh no, please don’t pass me by.

I know that you still think that its me. I know that you think that there’s
somebody else. I know that these words aren’t yours. But I tell you friends
that one day

You’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down on your knees,
you’re going to get down ..

Oh, please don’t pass me by,
oh, please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, yeah but you can see,
yes, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh, please don’t pass me by.

Well you know I have my songs and I have my poems. I have my book and I have
the army, and sometimes I have your applause. I make some money, but you know
what my friends, I’m still out there on the corner. I’m with the freaks, I’m
with the hunted, I’m with the maimed, yes I’m with the torn, I’m with the down,
I’m with the poor. Come on now …

Ah, please don’t pass me by,
well I’ve got to go now friends,
but, please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, yeah but you can see,
oh, I’ve been blinded, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh now, please don’t pass me by.

Now I want to take away my dignity, yes take my dignity. My friends, take my
dignity, take my form, take my style, take my honour, take my courage, take
my time, take my time, .. time .. ‘Cause you know I’m with you singing this
song. And I wish you would, I wish you would, I wish you would go home with
someone else. Wish you’d go home with someone else. I wish you’d go home with
someone else. Don’t be the person that you came with. Oh, don’t be the person
that you came with, Oh don’t be the person that you came with. Ah, I’m not
going to be. I can’t stand him. I can’t stand who I am. That’s why I’ve got to
get down on my knees. Because I can’t make it by myself. I’m not by myself
anymore because the man I was before he was a tyrant, he was a slave, he was
in chains, he was broken and then he sang:

Oh, please don’t pass me by,
oh, please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, yes I am blind, Oh but you can see,
yes, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh, please don’t pass me by.

Well I hope I see you out there on the corner. Yeah I hope as I go by that I
hear you whisper with the breeze. Because I’m going to leave you now, I’m
going to find me someone new. Find someone new.

And please don’t pass me by…………………………………

I hope the country gets deliverance from bad politics ( the sectrarian ,the anti secular,the corrupt, the ciminalization),corrupt officials, Gordon greeko ( Wall street movie) inspired BS business and criminals. I hope we get deliverance from crimes against women and children. Its so heart wrenching and such a disgrace.I hope we get independence from all of those. I hope system works for,with and by honest people. I hope good people succeed. I hope people remember the greatest leader Gandhi. The world does and hope my brethren too.

I have a axiom ;

As the girl child flowers, the world becomes a better place and there is no diminishing returns.
If only one thing improves, girl child gets empowered, we will be a better nation.

As for myself.
I got independence from my father
I got independence from my friends
I got independence from my brothers and sisters
I got independence from my teachers
I got independence from random kindness of every day people
I got independence from songs
I got independence from books
I got some independence from work
Mostly got independence from love and kindness of dear friends..

And may have posted this
song before
doesn’t matter
want you to hear this
today and may be tomorrow
one more time 🙂

Happy independence day! Please don’t pass me by. Have a nice day! I wish you love,mostly.Thank you!

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