"Treaty" as written by and Leonard Cohen....
I've seen you change the water into wine
I've seen you change it back to water too
I sit at your table every night
I try but I just don’t get high with you

I wish there was a treaty we could sign
I do not care who takes this bloody hill
I’m angry and I’m tired all the time
I wish there was a treaty
I wish there was a treaty
Between your love and mine

They’re dancing in the street, it’s Jubilee
We sold ourselves for love but now we’re free
I’m sorry for the ghost I made you be
Only one of us was real and that was me

I haven’t said a word since you’ve been gone
That any liar couldn’t say as well
I just can’t believe the static coming on
You were my ground, my safe and sound
You were my aerial

The fields are crying out, it’s Jubilee
We sold ourselves for love but now we’re free
I’m sorry for the ghost I made you be
Only one of us was real and that was me

I heard the snake was baffled by his sin
He shed his scales to find the snake within
But born again is born without a skin
The poison enters into everything

And I wish there was a treaty we could sign
I do not care who takes this bloody hill
I’m angry and I’m tired all the time
I wish there was a treaty
I wish there was a treaty
Between your love and mine


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"Treaty" as written by Leonard Cohen

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    My InterpretationCohen's allusions are always complex and this nod to Ariel is no exception. I think you'll find your answer in Shelley's poem With a guitar. To Jane. Then again, maybe not, but that's my take on it.
    mpg48on November 19, 2017   Link
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    General CommentWith "you are my aerial" I figured he was talking about a floating, connected existence. But, with it being Cohen, I'm sure it's meaning is heavily layered.
    ice pick ed newcombon December 29, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI’m assuming the Treaty Mr Cohen speaks of is between himself and G_d.
    Other views?
    cmr3053on April 23, 2018   Link
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    QuestionSomeone please tell me, what does he mean by "you were my aerial"?

    That's a pretty important lyric, I can't figure it out for the life of me ; )

    thanks in advance~
    emptyemptyon April 02, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI'm confident that "aerial" in this sense is a metaphor that goes along with the reference to "static" (signal interference of electromagnetic waves). In the US, we would almost always call it an "antenna", but it is "aerial" to many, if not most, other English-speaking locales.
    Whomever is being referenced is, obviously, someone who helps the speaker to hear invisible signals more clearly.
    warmPhaseon May 23, 2018   Link
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    QuestionWith regard to following verses:
    They’re dancing in the street, it’s Jubilee
    We sold ourselves for love but now we’re free

    I found that Jubilee is a Jewish celebration where all slaves are set free. But why says Cohen in the next verse ‘we’? Does he mean ‘me and God’ as the whole song is about him and God? How can God sell himself and thereafter become free?
    MarkBehetson May 27, 2018   Link

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