Listen to Alexandra Leaving song with lyrics from Leonard Cohen

Alexandra Leaving

Leonard Cohen25 Jul 2014

Alexandra Leaving Lyrics

 

Suddenly the night has grown colder

The god of love preparing to depart

Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder

 

They slip between the sentries of the heart

Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure

They gain the light they formlessly entwine;

And radiant beyond your widest measure

They fall among the voices and the wine

It's not a trick your senses all deceiving

A fitful dream the morning will exhaust -

Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving

Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost

Even though she sleeps upon your satin;

Even though she wakes you with a kiss

Do not say the moment was imagined;

Do not stoop to strategies like this

As someone long prepared for this to happen

Go firmly to the window Drink it in

Exquisite music Alexandra laughing

Your firm commitments tangible again

And you who had the honor of her evening

And by the honor had your own restored -

Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving;

Alexandra leaving with her lord

 

Even though she sleeps upon your satin;

Even though she wakes you with a kiss

Do not say the moment was imagined;

Do not stoop to strategies like this

 

As someone long prepared for the occasion;

In full command of every plan you wrecked -

Do not choose a coward's explanation

That hides behind the cause and the effect

And you who were bewildered by a meaning;

Whose code was broken crucifix uncrossed -

Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving

Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost

Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving

 

Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost