She stands before you naked
You can see it, you can taste it
But she comes to you
Light as the breeze
You can drink or you can nurse it
It don't matter how you worship
As long as you're
Down on your knees

So I knelt there at the delta
At the alpha and the omega
At the cradle of the river
And the seas
And like a blessing come from heaven,
For something like a second,
I was healed, and my heart
Was at ease

O baby I waited
So long for your kiss
For something to happen
Oh, something like this

And you're weak and you're harmless
And you're sleeping in you harness
And the wind going wild
In the trees
And it's not exactly prison
But you'll never be forgiven
For whatever you've done
With the keys

O baby I waited
So long for your kiss
For something to happen
Oh, something like this

It's dark and it's snowing
Oh my love I must be going
The river is starting to freeze
And I'm sick of pretending
I'm broken from bending
I've lived too long
On my knees

And she dances so graceful
And your heart's hard and hateful
And she's naked
But that's just a tease
And you turn in disgust
From your hatred and from your love
And she comes to you
Light as the breeze

O baby I waited
So long for your kiss
For something to happen
Oh, something like this

There's blood on every bracelet
You can see it, you can taste it
And it's please baby
Please baby please
And she says, drink deeply, pilgrim
But don't forget there's still a woman
Beneath this
Resplendent chemise

So I knelt there at the delta
At the alpha and omega
I knelt there
Like one who believes
And like a blessing come from heaven
For something like a second
I was cured, and my heart
Was at ease

O baby I waited
So long for your kiss
For something to happen
Oh, something like this

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Light as the Breeze Lyrics as written by Leonard Cohen

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    General Comment*yawn* explicit sexuality - LAAAaaaaaaaaaame
    Bodesteron June 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMmm. Gotta love your Leonard Cohen.
    Who is not exactly subtle about sex. Oh, how TERRIBLE.

    It's a great song for when you are in love.
    ThaneOfNothingnesson April 25, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationLight As the Breeze is a song rich which religious subtext, relating a sexual relationship between a man (the narrator) and a woman (the object of that man's desire and scorn, simultaneously). The song has three distinct sections: the first, wherein the man is smitten with the woman and desiring her wholly; the second, where the man is trapped by his desire; and the third, where he is at peace with this desire but recognizes the unhealthy dependence he has on it.

    In the first section, Cohen describes the relationship and sets up the woman as a goddess of some sort: "It don't matter how you worship/as long as our down on your knees" and "at the alpha and the omega [. . .] like a blessing come from heaven/for something like a second/I was healed and my heart was at ease." The man, a worshiper of this sexual goddess desires her so deeply that when he does not have her, he is not at ease and it is only through having her, sexually, that he can feel peace. In this section, he accepts and even lauds this relationship.

    It is worth noting here that her response to his dependence can be described as flippant: she comes to him "light as the breeze" or, in other words, care free. She is either ignorant of or uncaring for the deep desire that he holds for her and the pain which he endures when he does not have her. This is re-enforced later by the line "And she's naked/But that's just a tease."

    Soon, the man begins to resent this flippancy in his object of desire. He feels as though his goddess has abandoned him to feel constant yearnings and yet refuses to satisfy those demands. "And you're weak and you're harmless [. . .] And it's not exactly prison/But you'll never be forgiven/For whatever you've done/With the keys [. . .] And your heart's hard and hateful." In this time, he turns away from his desire, from his goddess. In so doing, he only feels more pain and anguish at the lack of fulfillment: "And I'm sick of pretending/I'm broken from bending/I've lived too long/On my knees."

    Alas, she comes to him once again, still light as the breeze, and fulfills his desires -- giving him momentary pause and rest. At this point, Cohen evokes Christian imagery with the blood on the bracelet. In Christian theology, through the spilling of Christ's blood, the ultimate sacrifice, human kind was forgiven of its sins eternally. Through the blood on the bracelet (ingested as Catholics ingest Christ during the Mass), the relationship between the two is changed: from resentment to acceptance.

    The woman invites the man to partake in the healing ritual: the sex. However, she reminds him that she is only a woman and, therefore, a human being like him. She is not, in fact, a goddess; but, in his mental construction, she is as a goddess and is the only thing that can heal him despite his disgust for his love of her. And so he returns to the position of worship, kneeling, at the delta, this time "like one who believes [in the goddess which was revealed to be just a woman]" and she was still able to heal him.

    This song is one not about a romantic, fairy-tale love, but of a love where one partner needs the other to be at peace and it tells of the intense burden that places on both partners. For the man, he cannot be happy without her healing powers; for the woman, she cannot simply be a woman, she must also be a goddess -- surely a tough role to fulfill.

    Regardless, it's a fantastic song.
    hczxpon July 26, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe Alpha, the Delta, the Omega is a triangle. The blood on every bracelet is deceit. It is about a longing for someone with mutual desire, and they both succomb
    karendianeon November 06, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWow you guys really over analize! It's simply about S&M.
    oildude550on January 04, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationLight as the Breeze – While these lyrics draw heavily on images of a relationship between a man and a woman, they are not about sex or the relationship between a man and a woman any more than Moby Dick is a story about fishing.
    This song is about the creative process:
    O baby I waited
    So long for your kiss
    For something to happen
    Oh, something like this.
    In this refrain, Cohen is talking about waiting for the “kiss” of inspiration from the creative Muse that resulted in these lyrics. The medium is truly the message here since the lyrics are about the creative process that goes into writing these very same lyrics.
    In stanza one (my references here are to each stanza as they appear excluding the above refrain) when the creative muse is present, she provides access to “the universe” (or “intention” or “spirit” or “the mind of God”) without pretense – she appears before you naked but she is ephemeral and elusive – she’s “light as the breeze.” How great or small the insights you get when she opens this portal are up to you but you must recognize who’s in charge – you must be humble.
    In stanza 2, Cohen kneels “…at the delta / At the alpha and omega” with all its imagery of female anatomy and its references to the cradle of civilization both of which conjure up images of creation and birth. This is where things are created and this is where things end – this is the creative portal. Through this portal, “For something like a second” he is cured and his heart is at ease – he gets the gift of creative access for which he has forgone so much and in which he has invested so much and, as brief as the inspiration is relative to all that he has to go through to receive it, it’s worth it.
    The reference to “sleeping in your harness” in stanza three refers to the trappings of everyday life that wall you off from the creative process. Wordsworth said (in “Ode, Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”): “Earth [the temporal, natural world] doth all she can / To make her foster-child, her inmate Man, / Forget the glories he hath known, / And that imperial palace whence he came.” We sleep-walk in our everyday life while the rich flow of creativity with all its symbolism, insights and meaning is “…the wind going wild in the trees.” Like Wordsworth’s “inmate Man” mankind is not exactly in prison but, like the concept of original sin, we will never be forgiven for losing touch with our spiritual nature – we lost the key.
    Stanza four recognizes the agony of the creative process where long stretches of effort yield no result – the creative flow is freezing over and Cohen is frustrated.
    In Stanza five, the creative muse appears again, naked and apparently ready to give Cohen what he wants but that’s just a tease – she’s in control of the process and doesn’t always deliver, even when she makes an appearance. Cohen turns angrily from the muse and the creative process which is both his passion and the bane of his existence. Just as he is giving up, totally discouraged, she appears again, ready to inspire him – she cannot be summoned, she comes and goes as she pleases.
    In stanza 6, Cohen acknowledges he is a captive to the creative process. The blood on every bracelet may be his blood – the result of subjugating his temporal needs to his pursuit of spiritual or creative enlightenment (“…things undone, worldly activities not attended to…” – from Wordsworth). The muse encourages him to “drink deeply, pilgrim” which, while a religious reference to the Christian sacrament of holy communion is also, in the context of these lyrics, the process of receiving the “sacrament” of creativity (or Spirit). As with the Christian practice of receiving Holy Communion, one must be in a state of “grace” to partake of the creative process which is a fragile one and easily ended if taken for granted.
    Stanza 7 is a repeat of Stanza 2 followed by the fourth repeat of the refrain to hammer home the reminder that these lyrics are about the process of creating these same lyrics: “O baby I waited / So long for your kiss / For something to happen / Oh, something like this.” And again, Cohen reminds us in Stanza 7 that as brief as the inspiration is relative to all that he gives up to get it, it’s worth it.
    As long as this creative process results in lyrics like those in this song, I wholeheartedly agree: it’s well worth the effort.
    Bobkirk37on June 25, 2014   Link

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