Anthem

The birds they sang

at the break of day

Start again

I heard them say

Don’t dwell on what

has passed away

or what is yet to be.

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Ah the wars they will

be fought again

The holy dove 

She will be caught again

bought and sold

and bought again

the dove is never free.

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Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.

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We asked for signs

the signs were sent:

the birth betrayed

the marriage spent.

Yeah the widowhood

of every government –

signs for all to see.

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I can’t run no more

with that lawless crowd

while the killers in high places

say their prayers out loud.

But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up

a thundercloud

and they’re going to hear from me.

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You can add up the parts

but you won’t have the sum

You can strike up the march,

there is no drum

Every heart, every heart

to love will come

but like a refugee.

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Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack, a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.

(Leonard Cohen)