"The Sisters of Mercy" as written by and Leonard Cohen....
All the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song
Oh, I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long

Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control
It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul
Well, I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how you're pinned
When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned

Well, they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
They will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem

When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon
Don't turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon
And you won't make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night
We weren't lovers like that and besides, it would still be all right
We weren't lovers like that and besides, it would still be all right

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"Sisters of Mercy" as written by Leonard Cohen

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    General CommentThis was written by Leonard Cohen and performed by Sting on Tower of Song: the songs of Leonard Cohen—1995
    sillybunnyon July 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was looking at this as the Cohen material Sting opted to perform for this tribute album—because I’m not really sure if artists get to pick or if someone says, look—this is what we want you to do.

    I didn’t think these sisters of mercy were nuns—maybe angels, passions, blisses, Lilith’s incubi, vilas—Cohen doesn’t say but he hopes we run into them. I do too. The sisters seem to be those who relieve the religion-weary or life-weary person of their burdens, refreshing them with love.

    Now since they weren’t lovers, I guess this rules out the incubi ….
    sillybunnyon July 20, 2006   Link

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