"The Sisters of Mercy" as written by and Leonard Cohen....
Oh the sisters of mercy
They are not departed or gone
They were waiting for me
When I thought that I just can't go on

And they brought me their comfort
And later they brought me this song
Oh I hope you run into them
You who've been traveling so long.

Yes, you who must leave everything
That you cannot control
It begins with your family
But soon it comes around to your soul

Well I've been where you're hanging
I think I can see how you're pinned
When you're not feeling holy
Your loneliness says that you've sinned.

Well they lay down beside me
I made my confession to them
They touched both my eyes
And I touched the dew on their hem

If your life is a leaf
That the seasons tear off and condemn
They will bind you with love
That is graceful and green as a stem.

When I left they were sleeping
I hope you run into them soon
Don't turn on the lights
You can read their address by the moon

And you won't make me jealous
If I hear that they sweetened your night
We weren't lovers like that
And besides it would still be all right

We weren't lovers like that
And besides it would still be all right


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"Sisters of Mercy" as written by Leonard Cohen

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    General CommentThis was written by Leonard Cohen and performed by Sting on Tower of Song: the songs of Leonard Cohen—1995
    sillybunnyon July 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was looking at this as the Cohen material Sting opted to perform for this tribute album—because I’m not really sure if artists get to pick or if someone says, look—this is what we want you to do.

    I didn’t think these sisters of mercy were nuns—maybe angels, passions, blisses, Lilith’s incubi, vilas—Cohen doesn’t say but he hopes we run into them. I do too. The sisters seem to be those who relieve the religion-weary or life-weary person of their burdens, refreshing them with love.

    Now since they weren’t lovers, I guess this rules out the incubi ….
    sillybunnyon July 20, 2006   Link

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