Listen to The Traitor song with lyrics from Martha Wainwright

The Traitor

Martha Wainwright1 Jan 2006

The Traitor Lyrics

The Traitor (《莱奥纳德·科恩:我是你的男人》纪录片插曲) - Martha Wainwright

Now the swan it floated on the English river


Ah the rose of high romance it opened wide


A sun tanned woman yearned me through the summer


And the judges watched us from the other side


I told my mother Mother I must leave you


Preserve my room but do not shed a tear


Should rumor of a shabby ending reach you


It was half my fault and half the atmosphere


But the rose I sickened with a scarlet fever


And the swan I tempted with a sense of shame


She said at last I was her finest lover


And if she withered I would be to blame


The judges said You missed it by a fraction


Rise up and brace your troops for the attack


Ah the dreamers ride against the men of action


Oh see the men of action falling back


But I lingered on her thighs a fatal moment


And I kissed her lips as though I thirsted still

My falsity had stung me like a hornet


The poison sank and it paralyzed my will


I could not move to warn all the younger soldiers


That they had been deserted from above


So on battlefields from here to Barcelona

I'm listed with the enemies of love


And long ago she said I must be leaving

Ah but keep my body here to lie upon


You can move it up and down and when I'm sleeping


Run some wire through that rose and wind the swan


So daily I renew my idle duty


I touch her here and there I know my place

I kiss her open mouth and I praise her beauty

And people call me traitor to my face


And people call me traitor to my face


***Lyrics are from third-parties***