"Take This Longing (Leonard Cohen cover)" as written by and Leonard Cohen....
Many men have loved the bell
You fastened to the rein.
Everyone who wanted you,
They found what they will always want again.
Your beauty lost to you, yourself
Just as it was lost to them.

Take this longing from my tongue,
Whatever useless things these hands have done.
Let me see your beauty broken down,
Like you would do for one you love.

Your body like a searchlight
My poverty revealed,
I would like to try your charity
Until you cry, "Now you must try my greed."
And everything depends upon
How near you sleep to me.

Take this longing from my tongue,
Whatever useless things these hands have done.
Let me see your beauty broken down,
Like you would do for one your love.

Hungry as an archway
Through which the troops have passed,
I stand in ruins behind you...
Your winter clothes, your broken sandal strap.
I love to see you naked over there,
Especially from the back.

Take this longing from my tongue,
All the lonely things these hands have done.
Let me see your beauty broken down,
Like you would do for one you love.

You're faithful to the better man.
I'm afraid that he has left.
So let me judge your love affair
In this very room where I have sentenced mine to death.
I'll even wear these old laurel leaves
That he's shaken from his head.

Take this longing from my tongue,
All the useless things these hands have done.
Let me see your beauty broken down,
Like you would do for one you love.

Like you would do for one you love...


Lyrics submitted by DespairEurydice

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