Favorite Valentine’s Day Song 2013

love letterMy husband and I are baby boomers who  were young teens when rock and roll was loud and proud. Without doubt we liked rock music but we also liked Bob Dylan and other beat poet types.

When we first heard Leonard Cohen’s Bird on the Wire in 1968 we loved his poetic music and became fans. Most will be acquainted with * Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and we do love it too but …

Dance Me To The End Of Love is our Valentine’s Day Song this year.

One of the most fascinating and enigmatic — if not the most successful — singer/songwriters of the late ’60s, Leonard Cohen has retained an audience across generations.

Dance Me To The End Of Love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love
Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We’re both of us beneath our love, we’re both of us above
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love

* Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah – How Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ Became Everybody’s ‘Hallelujah’ 

What’s your Valentine’s Day song choice for 2013?

I have a reason for asking that question. I’d like to share some Valentines Day blog traffic and link love in a meme.

Please join me by:

  • publishing a post containing a link to the lyrics or a video or audio version of your favorite Valentines Day song in it;
  • be sure link back to my post in your own post;
  • also be sure to share the link with your friends;
  • return to this post, submit a comment and provide a link in it to your post;
  • visit and enjoy listening to all the favorite musical choices of those who participate in this meme.

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    • Thanks Corrine.
      Hallelujah is a favorite of mine and others the world over too. It’s been redone by so many, but Leonard’s original version is my first choice.

      There was a twist in my hubby, and I making this selection that may not sit well with some. If you don’t know Leonard Cohens’s beat poetry/music well, then I’ll share with you this song has a very interesting and unexpected derivation. Next to the gas chambers in the death camps were the chamber orchestras playing as people went to the ovens.

      P.S. My apology for a late response. Two things are going on. The first is my blog has some issues that need sorting. The second is I hurt my back and need to rest it, so I have been doing that.

  1. Leonard Cohen. I always thought he sounded a bit dirgy, which I know is very sacrilegious of me, but reading these lyrics you have posted here, and with the benefit of hindsight, I have to agree they are really beautiful.

  2. Hello Carolyn,
    It’s good to meet you and visit your blog as well. That same 30 years ago timeframe you refer to is when I became aware of Leonard Cohen’s poetic music.

    • I’m pleased to meet you. :) I love your take on Valentine’s Day and the song you chose as well.

      “Shower the people you love with love, today, and every chance you get.”

      Thanks so much for participating in this meme. If you hadn’t then it’s not likely that I would have discovered your blog, which I am now following.

  3. Ah ha… a favorite year round song…and Valentine’s Day too…. “You’re Still the One” by Orleans… from 1976, soon after my H and I met..wow!!!…who would have thought that he’d STILL be the one all these years later…wow! http://pocketperspectives.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/youre-still-the-one/ :D (I put the pages and post together as a surprise valentine for my H, who is at work now…a little surprise for him, a favorite song… : ) )

    • Dear Marty,
      I miss you too – a lot. I miss you and Yun Yi and well you know who is on the list of those I miss so I won’t go on and on here. I’m recovering and re-enegerizing first. Then I will be reconnecting with you and the others too. I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day.

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