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Night Comes On Lyrics

from The Essential Leonard Cohen

"Night Comes On" is track #18 on the album The Essential Leonard Cohen. It was written by Cohen, Leonard.
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I went down to the place where I knew she lay waiting
Under the marble and the snow
I said, "Mother, I'm frightened, the thunder and the lightning
I'll never come through this alone"

She said, "I'll be with you
My shawl wrapped around you
My hand on your head when you go"

And the night came on, it was very calm
I wanted the night to go on and on
But she said, go back, go back to the world

We were fighting in Egypt when they signed this agreement
That nobody else had to die
There was this terrible sound and my father went down
With a terrible wound in his side

He said, "Try to go on
Take my books, take my gun
Remember, my son, how they lied"

And the night comes on, it's very calm
I'd like to pretend that my father was wrong
But you don't want to lie, not to the young

We were locked in this kitchen, I took to religion
And I wondered how long she would stay
I needed so much to have nothing to touch
I've always been greedy that way

But my son and my daughter
Climbed out of the water
Crying, "Papa, you promised to play"

And they lead me away to the great surprise
It's Papa, don't peek, Papa, cover your eyes
And they hide, they hide in the world

Now I look for her always, I'm lost in this calling
I'm tied to the threads of some prayer
Saying, "When will she summon me, when will she come to me
What must I do to prepare"

When she bends to my longing
Like a willow, like a fountain
She stands in the luminous air

And the night comes on, it's very calm
I lie in her arms, she says, "When I'm gone
I'll be yours, yours for a song"

Now the crickets are singing, the vesper bells ringing
The cat's curled asleep in his chair
I'll go down to Bill's Bar, I can make it that far
And I'll see if my friends are still there

Yes, and here's to the few
Who forgive what you do
And the fewer who don't even care

And the night comes on, it's very calm
I want to cross over, I want to go home
But she says, "Go back, go back to the world"

Songwriters
COHEN, LEONARD

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