"Everybody Knows" as written by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson....
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows that the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight is fixed
The poor stay poor and the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows that the boat is sinking

Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody's got this broken feeling
Like their Momma or there dog just died
Everybody's hands are in their pockets

Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows
Everybody knows
that's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows
Everybody knows
that's the way it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that its now or never
Everybody knows that its me or you
Everybody knows that you live forever
When you had a line or two

Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old black Joe still pickin' cotton
For ribbons and bows
Everybody knows you love me baby

Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you been faithful
Give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you been discrete

So many people you had to meet
Without your clothes
And Everybody knows

Everybody knows
Everybody knows
That's the way it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows
Everybody knows
That's how it goes
And Everybody knows


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"Everybody Knows" as written by Sharon Robinson Leonard Cohen

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    General CommentThis song is originally a Leonard Cohen song. And it's not about cocaine, specifically. It is about cynicism and naivety, pessimism and idealism.

    Everybody knows the dice are loaded...that's how it goes.

    Everybody knows.
    clarenancyon March 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've heard several versions of this song, including Cohen's, and this one is by far the best. Great song, very poweful.
    kickstart71on August 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirstly, I think the guitar (and the rest of the music including vocals, for that matter) in this version is brilliant.

    I have an interpretation that might alter the way you hear the song on your next listen...

    What is, to be sure, an "everybody nose"?
    Well it is a regular, average nose.
    It is not a big nose, it is not a small nose.
    It is not a young and pink nose, it is not an old and wrinkly nose.
    It is not a wide, bulky nose
    Nor is it a slender, aquiline nose
    It is a regular, average nose.
    An "everybody" nose.

    It is the type of nose that most plastic surgeons
    have a 3D model of in their room
    Because it is the archetype.
    It is a regular, average nose.
    An "everybody nose"...

    Everybody nose
    Everybody nose
    Everybody nose
    Everybody nose,

    Everybody nose...
    coriolyson March 21, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about someone who went down the "wrong path".
    It deals with coke "Everybody knows that you live forever, when you had a line or two"
    And deals with unfaithfulness "everybody knows you been discrete, so many people you had to meet with out your clothes"
    I dont know if thats it, but that is what I got out of it?
    Any one else?
    pinto139on July 16, 2006   Link

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