Listen to The Old Revolution song with lyrics from Leonard Cohen

The Old Revolution

Leonard Cohen1 Jan 1969

The Old Revolution Lyrics

The Old Revolution - Leonard Cohen (莱昂纳德·科恩)

I finally broke into the prison

 

I found my place in the chain

 

Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows

 

All the brave young men

 

They're waiting now to see a signal

 

Which some killer will be lighting for pay

 

Into this furnace

 

I ask you now to venture

 

You whom I cannot betray

 

I fought in the old revolution

 

On the side of the ghost and the king

 

Of course I was very young

 

And I thought that we were winning;

 

I can't pretend I still feel

Very much like singing

 

As they carry the bodies away

 

Into this furnace

 

I ask you now to venture

 

You whom I cannot betray

 

Lately you've started to stutter

 

As though you had nothing to say

 

To all of my architects

 

Let me be traitor

 

Now let me say

 

I myself gave the order

 

To sleep and to search and to destroy

 

Into this furnace

 

I ask you now to venture

 

You whom I cannot betray

 

Yes you who are broken by power

 

You who are absent all day

 

You who are kings

 

For the sake of your children's story

 

The hand of your beggar

 

Is burdened down with money

 

The hand of your lover is clay

 

Into this furnace

I ask you now to venture

 

 

You whom I cannot betray