Bird on the Wire 1979

His music and poetry become such a big part of my life. Sometimes I think, he suffered to make our lives easier and better. Because supporting helps to understand and put this understanding into words and he had such a great way with words. Ordinary words sound like magical words in his songs.

In his letter to his muse Marianne, in her final days:

‘Well Marianne, it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.”

“And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and for your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. “Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.”

Leonard Cohen

And the response:

“Dear Leonard, Marianne slept slowly out of this life yesterday evening. Totally at ease, surrounded by close friends. Your letter came when she still could talk and laugh in full consciousness. When we read it aloud, she smiled as only Marianne can. She lifted her hand, when you said you were right behind, close enough to reach her. It gave her deep peace of mind that you knew her condition. And your blessing for the journey gave her extra strength. . . . In her last hour I held her hand and hummed “Bird on the Wire,” while she was breathing so lightly. And when we left the room, after her soul had flown out of the window for new adventures, we kissed her head and whispered your everlasting words. So long, Marianne . . . ”

My favorite version of this song is here

The bird on the wire has flown…

Rest In Peace Leonard



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