"Lover, Lover, Lover" as written by and Leonard Cohen....
I asked my father,
I said, "father change my name."
The one I'm using now it's covered up
With fear and filth and cowardice and shame.

Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me,
Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me.

He said, "i locked you in this body,
I meant it as a kind of trial.
You can use it for a weapon,
Or to make some woman smile."

Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me,
Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me.

"then let me start again," i cried,
"please let me start again,
I want a face that's fair this time,
I want a spirit that is calm."

Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me,
Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me.

"i never never turned aside," he said,
"i never walked away.
It was you who built the temple,
It was you who covered up my face."

Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me,
Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me.

And may the spirit of this song,
May it rise up pure and free.
May it be a shield for you,
A shield against the enemy.

Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me,
Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me.

Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me,
Yes and lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover, lover come back to me.


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"Lover Lover Lover" as written by Leonard Cohen

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    General CommentThis song was produced by Mati Caspi, one of the iconic Israeli rock stars. Interestingly enough Mati Caspi also had songs which dealt with theological and philosophical aspects. His lyrics are similar to Cohen in a way, although it's hard to compare Hebrew songs to American. At the end of each verse Cohen sings with very much pronounce Yiddish melody, which makes this song very Jewish in my eyes.

    The lyrics deal with Jewish identity, and more so with Jewish identity in the State of Israel. If I can interpret the text, the new face - is the new way of relating to Jewish culture, to being a Jew in new times when there is finally a state which didn't exist before, the state which needs protection. Old stereotypes about Jews unable to defend themselves must be destroyed. And the reply as I see it, God says that Jews already have everything they need to protect themselves, "you can use it as a weapon", and to multiply "or make some woman smile" in order to build their state. God also says that he always protected his people and will do it again if needed.

    This is such a powerful and proud song, I can see how fitting it is in the context of war. Sheer brilliance.
    iliadavon September 25, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt's like a conversation with God. The instrumentation of the song makes it a sort of chant (listen to the rhythmic guitar and primitive percussion), especially in the chorus where Cohen repeats "lover, lover." I had a dream where a cult in robes was chanting this song outside their "savior's" home. Weird. I really like this song.
    mrmisteron July 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLeonard Cohen wrote this while singing for Isreali soldiers during the Yom Kippur war
    nic-ckon January 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is gorgeous and Leonard Cohen's lyrics (and poetry) have been consistently brilliant.
    lisimoomooon October 25, 2011   Link

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