"So Long, Marianne" as written by and Leonard Cohen....
Come over to the window, my little darling
I'd like to try to read your palm
I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy
Before I let you take me home

Now so long, Marianne
It's time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

Well, you know that I love to live with you
But you make me forget so very much
I forget to pray for the angels
And then the angels forget to pray for us

Now so long, Marianne
It's time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

We met when we were almost young
Deep in the green lilac park
You held on to me like I was a crucifix
As we went kneeling through the dark

Oh, so long, Marianne
It's time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

Your letters, they all say that you're beside me now
Then why do I feel alone?
I'm standing on a ledge and your fine spider web
Is fastening my ankle to a stone

Now so long, Marianne
It's time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

For now I need your hidden love
I'm cold as a new razorblade
You left when I told you I was curious
I never said that I was brave

Oh, so long, Marianne
It's time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

Oh, you are really such a pretty one
I see you've gone and changed your name again
And just when I climbed this whole mountainside
To wash my eyelids in the rain

Oh, so long, Marianne
It's time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again


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"So Long, Marianne" as written by Leonard Cohen

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    General CommentI think the line about 'you've gone and changed your name again' means she has re-married.
    To me this song is to an ex-girlfriend explaining why they broke up but he is saying that he still loves her and wants to be in touch again to 'laugh and cry' about the past because so much time has passed they should be able to now.
    The first verse is explaining how he thinks of himself as a ‘gypsy boy’ a free spirit who has no material home until the day when he submitted to her and let her take him home and look after him. The second verse is saying how he loved this life but it wasn’t how he wanted to live and there were more important things for him to be doing rather than just being happy and loved up. I think he felt she was smothering him and making him lose sight of his original goals and the path he was on to begin with. I think the relationship ended because he felt he was being tied down: 'you held on to me like i was a crucifix' and 'your fine spiderweb fastening my ankle to a stone' and he woke up one morning feeling alone and isolated. He blamed her for the way he felt and was ‘cold as a new razor blade’ to her so eventually she left.
    I have absolutely no idea what the last 2 lines mean tho ‘…to wash my eyelids in the rain’ !!
    That’s just my interpretation but whatever it means it is a lovely song!
    corrinacorrinaon November 07, 2007   Link

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