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Closing Time (Album Version)

Leonard Cohen7 Oct 1997

Closing Time (Album Version) Lyrics

Ah we're drinking and we're dancing

And the band is really happening

And the Johnny Walker wisdom running high

 

And my very sweet companion

She's the Angel of Compassion

She's rubbing half the world against her thigh

 

And every drinker every dancer

Lifts a happy face to thank her

The fiddler fiddles something so sublime

 

All the women tear their blouses off

And the men they dance on the polka-dots

And it's partner found it's partner lost

And it's hell to pay when the fiddler stops

It's Closing Time

 

Yeah the women tear their blouses off

And the men they dance on the polka-dots

And it's partner found it's partner lost

And it's hell to pay when the fiddler stops

 

It's Closing Time

 

Ah we're lonely we're romantic

And the cider's laced with acid

And the Holy Spirit's crying Where's the beef

 

And the moon is swimming naked

And the summer night is fragrant

With a mighty expectation of relief

 

So we struggle and we stagger

Down the snakes and up the ladder

To the tower where the blessed hours chime

 

And I swear it happened just like this

A sigh a cry a hungry kiss

The Gates of Love they budged an inch

I can't say much has happened since

But Closing Time

 

I swear it happened just like this

A sigh a cry a hungry kiss

The Gates of Love they budged an inch

I can't say much has happened since

 

Closing Time

I loved you for your beauty

But that doesn't make a fool of me

You were in it for your beauty too

 

And I loved you for your body

There's a voice that sounds like God to me

Declaring declaring declaring that your body's really you

And I loved you when our love was blessed

And I love you now there's nothing left

But sorrow and a sense of overtime

 

And I missed you since the place got wrecked

And I just don't care what happens next

Looks like freedom but it feels like death

It's something in between I guess

It's Closing Time

 

Yeah I missed you since the place got wrecked

By the winds of change and the weeds of sex

Looks like freedom but it feels like death

It's something in between I guess

 

It's Closing Time

 

Yeah we're drinking and we're dancing

But there's nothing really happening

And the place is dead as Heaven on a Saturday night

 

And my very close companion

Gets me fumbling gets me laughing

She's a hundred but she's wearing

Something tight

 

And I lift my glass to the Awful Truth

Which you can't reveal to the Ears of Youth

Except to say it isn't worth a dime

 

And the whole damn place goes crazy twice

And it's once for the devil and once for Christ

But the Boss don't like these dizzy heights

We're busted in the blinding lights

Of Closing Time

 

The whole damn place goes crazy twice

And it's once for the devil and once for Christ

But the Boss don't like these dizzy heights

We're busted in the blinding lights

 

Busted in the blinding lights

Of Closing Time

 

Oh the women tear their blouses off the men they dance on The polka-dots

It's Closing Time

 

And it's partner found it's partner lost

And it's hell to pay when the fiddler stops

It's Closing Time

 

I swear it happened just like this

A sigh a cry a hungry kiss

It's Closing Time

 

The Gates of Love they budged an inch

I can't say much has happened since

But Closing Time

 

I loved you when our love was blessed

I love you now there's nothing left

But Closing Time

 

I miss you since the place got wrecked