"Is This What You Wanted" as written by and Leonard Cohen....
You were the promise at dawn
I was the morning after
You were Jesus Christ, my Lord
I was the money lender
You were the sensuous woman
I was the very reverend Freud
You were the manual orgasm
I was the dirty little boy

And is this what you wanted
To live in a house that is haunted
By the ghost of you and me?
Is this what you wanted
To live in a house that is haunted
By the ghost of you and me?

You were Marlon Brando
I was Steve McQueen
You were K-Y Jelly
I was Vaseline
You were the father of modern medicine
I was Mr. Clean
You were the Whore and the Beast of Babylon
I was Rin Tin Tin

And is this what you wanted
To live in a house that is haunted
By the ghost of you and me?
Is this what you wanted
To live in a house that is haunted
By the ghost of you and me?

You got old and wrinkled
I stayed seventeen
You lusted after so many, baby
I lay here with one
You defied your solitude
I came through alone
And you said that you could never love me
I undid your gown

And is this what you wanted
To live in a house that is haunted
By the ghost of you and me?
Is this what you wanted
To live in a house that is haunted
By the ghost of you and me?

Yeah, is this what you wanted
To live in a house that is haunted
By the ghost of you and me?
Oh, is this what you wanted
To live in a house that is haunted
By the ghost of you and me?
Get down


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"Is This What You Wanted" as written by Leonard Cohen

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    General CommentIn my opinion this song is about the singer's use of steroids in order to stay young for a longer time. The initial parts show how seductive the drug is (You were Marlon Brando I was Steve McQueen)
    But this use generates a moral dilema since he now isn't his true self (hence living in a house that is hunted, he is the ghost of himself).
    nosurferon November 03, 2016   Link

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