Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died
Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long-stem rose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you've been faithful
Ah, give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you've been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

And everybody knows that it's now or never
Everybody knows that it's me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah, when you've done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows

And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it's moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

And everybody knows that you're in trouble
Everybody knows what you've been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it's coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows


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Everybody Knows Lyrics as written by Sharon Robinson Leonard Cohen

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    General CommentLeonard Cohens songs have so many layers , he was from the same school as Bob Dylan and Lou Reed he was a gifted Poet . His songs are poems put to music , he would rewrite and polish them so many times it took ages for a song to come out hence the meanings in meanings.
    What i get from this song is a lament from a person who worked so hard during the sixes trying to promote Peace , Love and a better way of living for People.
    A lot of this song highlights the lament of " INACTION OF EACH OF US" , we all have the nagging gut feeling things need to get better but we are afraid to do the ongoing hard work to make it happen or what people might think of us or even the consequences that might happen to us. We are waiting for another person to take the fall , do the hard work then we can step in and enjoy the positives and pat them on the back. Leonard is criticizing the situation , us and the political environment in the world still today but at the same time , Through shining a light on the situation through his song he is highlighting hey the world has cracks - Knowing it has is the first step in solving the situation , look at yourselves wake up to youselves - REACT !
    GreyDingoon August 06, 2022   Link

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