"Here It Is" as written by and Peter Manning Robinson....
Here is your crown
And your seal and rings
And here is your love
For all things.

Here is your cart,
And your cardboard and piss
And here is your love
For all of this.

May everyone live,
And may everyone die.
Hello, my love,
And my love, Goodbye.

Here is your wine,
And your drunken fall
And here is your love.
Your love for it all.

Here is your sickness.
Your bed and your pan
And here is your love
For the woman, the man.

May everyone live,
And may everyone die.
Hello, my love,
And, my love, Goodbye.

And here is the night,
The night has begun
And here is your death
In the heart of your son.

And here is the dawn,
(Until death do us part)
And here is your death,
In your daughter's heart.

May everyone live,
And may everyone die.
Hello, my love,
And, my love, Goodbye.

And here you are hurried,
And here you are gone
And here is the love,
That it's all built upon.

Here is your cross,
Your nails and your hill
And here is your love,
That lists where it will

May everyone live,
And may everyone die.
Hello, my love,
And my love, Goodbye.


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"Here It Is" as written by Sharon Robinson Leonard Cohen

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    General CommentA haunting and beautiful song. I can't properly give it an interpretation based on anything but gut, emotional response.

    I hear the following two words differently:

    "Here, you are *hurt,
    And here, you are gone..."

    as if pointing out time periods of change and/or death or change in a life.
    ...reminds me of Hitchcock's "Vertigo" where Madeleine observes her history in the cross-section of a sequoia, saying "Here, I was born and here, I died..."

    " And here is the love
    That *lives where it will"

    As if love were something fickle that may or may not enter into a life, despite our actions.
    warmPhaseon February 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentInstead of :
    Here is your cross,
    Your nails and your hill;
    And here is your love,
    That lists where it will

    what I hear is:

    Here is your cross,
    Your nails and your hill;
    And here is *the* love,
    That *lifts* where it will

    The love is the love for all humankind
    The cross will lift where it will and impale the "lover" at whatever spot it chooses. This is a reference to the Christian's duty to "carry one's cross"
    banishedhearton September 25, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI take this as a spiritual paean to life.

    It begins tracking the rise and fall of one man:

    "Here is your crown, and your seal and your rings" -- love of life from a position of triumph & wealth.
    "Here is your cart, And your cardboard and piss" -- love of life from a position of failure & degradation.
    "Here is your wine, And your drunken fall" -- love of life from the depths of drunkenness.
    "Here is your sickness. Your bed and your pan;" -- love of life as the body dies.

    Now we confront death:

    "And here is the night, The night has begun; And here is your death In the heart of your son." -- Passing into death, perhaps observed by a son who believes death is the end.
    "And here is the dawn, (Until death do us part); And here is your death, In your daughter's heart." -- Passing into death, perhaps observed by a daughter who believes in heaven.

    Now we reflect on the whole of life:

    "And here you are hurried, And here you are gone; And here is the love, That it's all built upon." -- Ah, life is so fleeting, but it is build of love; (I do hear "hurried")
    "Here is your cross, Your nails and your hill; And here is the love, That lists where it will." -- What was your sacrifice that will carry you onwards? (I do hear lists, and interpret in the archaic mode of 'enlists' -- secure one for a purpose or cause.)

    Throughout we have the refrain:

    May everyone live,
    And may everyone die.
    Hello, my love,
    And my love, Goodbye

    Of course all those who live also die; life is a cycle of greeting and discovery, and also of parting. But the author may also be singing a prayer that we all live with love, and that we all die with love.

    Ultimately, a word for word interpretation as meaning something very specific may be beside the point with this one. As with all the great songs, it is the what the whole sings in the heart that is the meaning, not some elaborate dissection.

    bluejackon July 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentן The first lines of the song, reminded me of the dialogue that appears in Genesis 38,
    Tamar, who was accused of disloyalty, says to Judah:

    When she was brought forth, she sent to her father-in-law, saying: 'By the man, whose these are, am I with child'; and she said: 'Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and the cords, and the staff.'
    netanel102on November 17, 2016   Link

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