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Leonard Cohen : Joan of Arc

14 Sep

” She said, “I’m tired of the war,
I want the kind of work I had before,
a wedding dress or something white
to wear upon my swollen appetite.”

– Joan of Arc ( Leonard Cohen)

I feel like sharing this song today. I had seen a series of Leonard Cohen interviews for Norwegian Television (1988) with interviewer Vera Kvaal. The interviewer was very nice and brought the best in Leonard Cohen. These interviews are no longer available on you tube. I think Norway loves Cohen and subsequent had posted a three part interview ( Please refer posts Leonard cohen: Beautiful interview NRK,1,2,3 2006) with a equally nice interviewer Helle Vaagland. Norwegian Television does this great little anthologies of Leonard Cohen from time to time and has great interviewers really. This song is from Norwegian television interview from 1988 with Vera Kvaal. Hope you like the song.

Joan of Arc :

Now the flames they followed Joan of Arc
as she came riding through the dark;
no moon to keep her armour bright,
no man to get her through this very smoky night.
She said, “I’m tired of the war,
I want the kind of work I had before,
a wedding dress or something white
to wear upon my swollen appetite.”

Well, I’m glad to hear you talk this way,
you know I’ve watched you riding every day
and something in me yearns to win
such a cold and lonesome heroine.
“And who are you?” she sternly spoke
to the one beneath the smoke.
“Why, I’m fire,” he replied,
“And I love your solitude, I love your pride.”

“Then fire, make your body cold,
I’m going to give you mine to hold,”
saying this she climbed inside
to be his one, to be his only bride.
And deep into his fiery heart
he took the dust of Joan of Arc,
and high above the wedding guests
he hung the ashes of her wedding dress.

It was deep into his fiery heart
he took the dust of Joan of Arc,
and then she clearly understood
if he was fire, oh then she must be wood.
I saw her wince, I saw her cry,
I saw the glory in her eye.
Myself I long for love and light,
but must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?

Lyrics:http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/joadraft.html

I dedicate this song to my friends.

Leonard Cohen always had a fine ensemble cast and love the two singers here,Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla. Please see how they have captured imagery and smouldering passion of the song.

As for Cohen, to borrow a comment : ” genius! ‘NUFF SAID!”

Good night dear friends, hope you have a nice weekend! Thank you!

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