Listen to Story of Isaac song with lyrics from Leonard Cohen

Story of Isaac

Leonard Cohen1 Jan 1969

Story of Isaac Lyrics

Story Of Isaac - Leonard Cohen (莱昂纳德·科恩)

The door it opened slowly


My father he came in


I was nine years old


And he stood so tall above me


His blue eyes they were shining


And his voice was very cold


He said "I've had a vision


And you know I'm strong and holy


I must do what I've been told "


So he started up the mountain

I was running he was walking


And his axe was made of gold


Well the trees

They got much smaller


The lake a lady's mirror


We stopped to drink some wine


Then he threw the bottle over


Broke a minute later


And he put his hand on mine


Thought I saw an eagle


But it might have been a vulture


I never could decide


Then my father built an altar


He looked once behind his shoulder


He knew I would not hide


You who build these altars now

To sacrifice these children

You must not do it anymore


A scheme is not a vision


And you never have been tempted

By a demon or a god


You who stand above them now

Your hatchets blunt and bloody


You were not there before


When I lay upon a mountain


And my father's hand was trembling


With the beauty of the word


And if you call me brother now


Forgive me if I inquire


"Just according to whose plan "


When it all comes down to dust


I will kill you if I must

I will help you if I can


When it all comes down to dust


I will help you if I must

I will kill you if I can


And mercy on our uniform


Man of peace or man of war



The peacock spreads his fan