"I have been working on this song for a long time.
It seemed to come together a few days ago.
I want to dedicate it to those very kind people (more like my family) who greeted me on my birthday,
and who, so generously, have embraced my work."

Leonard Cohen; September 24, 1998

"This is getting pretty close. (...) The process has become rather comic. But I think we've got it now.
It took the crisis of posting it to your site to force a clarification of the text (after three years of secret tinkering).
There is an apparent violation of the metre in some verses (e.g. #4)
but the old poets would have justified them with devices such as th'Holy Spirit, or th'Means.
And these curiosities actually correspond to the accents of the poem when it is sung.
This version represents a distillation of many, many verses, all of them tottering over the final line, A thousand kisses deep.
I hope this is an end to it for a while."

Leonard Cohen; September 26, 1998

NOTE: "Auld Lang Syne" (Old Long Syne) is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns (1759 1796) in 1788
and set to the tune of a traditional folk song.
It is well known in many English-speaking countries and is often sung to celebrate the start of the new year at the stroke of midnight
at the start of New Year's Day.
The song's Scots title may be translated into English literally as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago" or "days gone by".

        "Poetry is just the evidence of life.
         If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."

                                                                 Leonard Cohen

                          "Poezija je samo trag zivota.
                           Plamti li tvoj zivot, poezija je samo pepeo plamteceg zara."

                                                                                                     Leonard Cohen

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 Carmen Ezgeta

You came to me this morning
And you handled me like meat,  
You'd have to be a man to know     
How good that feels, how sweet,       
My mirrored twin, my next of kin,           
I've know you in my sleep,       
And who but you would take me in,     
A thousand kisses deep.  

I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat. 
You see, I'm just another snowman,    
Standing in the rain and sleet,       
Who loved you with his frozen love          
His second hand physique,       
With all he is and all he was,     
A thousand kisses deep. 

I know you had to lie to me,
I know you had to cheat, 
To pose all hot and high     
Behind the veils of sheer deceit,        
Our perfect Porn Aristocrat           
So elegant and cheap,        
I'm old but, I'm still into that,    
A thousand kisses deep. 

I'm Good at Love, I'm Good at Hate,
It's in between I freeze.  
I've been working out, but it's to late,    
It's been too late for years.       
But you look good, You really do,           
They love you on the street,        
If I could move I'd kneel for you,    
A thousand kisses deep.  

And I'm still working with the wine,
Still dancing cheek to cheek, 
The band is playing "Auld Lang Syne"      
But the heart will not retreat.        
I ran with Diz, I sang with Ray,       
I never had their sweep,     
But once or twice they let me play, 
A thousand kisses deep.

The Autumn moved across your skin,
Got something in my eye a light  
That doesn't need to live     
And doesn't need to die.     
A riddle in the book of love        
Obscure and obsolete    
To witness here in time and blood, 
A thousand kisses deep.

I loved you when you opened 
Like a lily to the heat.    
You see, I'm just another snowman       
Standing in the rain and sleet,           
Who loved you with his frozen love,             
His second hand physique,                
With all he is and all he was,                    
A thousand kisses deep.                      

Don't matter if the road is long,  
Don't matter if it's steep,    
Don't matter if the moon goes out,        
And the darkness in complete.          
Don't matter if we loose our way,              
It's written that we'll meet.                
At least, that's what I heard you say,                   
A thousand kisses deep.                       

Well, that's my story.                         
I admit it's broken and it's bleak,                            
But all the twisted peaces fit,                               
A thousand kisses deep.                                   

                                      
                                         (Dublin; July 20, 2009)                    

                           The ponies run, the girls are young,
                       The odds are there to beat.
                     You win a while, and then it's done
                 Your little winning streak.
               And summoned now to deal
           With your invincible defeat,
         You live your life as if it's real,
      A Thousand Kisses Deep.

                     I'm turning tricks, I'm getting fixed,
                 I'm back on Boogie Street.
               You lose your grip, and then you slip
           Into the Masterpiece.
         And maybe I had miles to drive,
     And promises to keep:
   You ditch it all to stay alive,
A Thousand Kisses Deep.

    And sometimes when the night is slow,
       The wretched and the meek,
       We gather up our hearts and go,
    A Thousand Kisses Deep.

Confined to sex, we pressed against
   The limits of the sea:
     I saw there were no oceans left
         For scavengers like me.
           I made it to the forward deck
               I blessed our remnant fleet
                 And then consented to be wrecked,
                     A Thousand Kisses Deep.

    I'm turning tricks, I'm getting fixed,
       I'm back on Boogie Street.
         I guess they won't exchange the gifts
             That you were meant to keep.
               And quiet is the thought of you
                   The file on you complete,
                     Except what we forgot to do,
                         A Thousand Kisses Deep.

          And sometimes when the night is slow,
             The wretched and the meek,
             We gather up our hearts and go,
          A Thousand Kisses Deep.

                         The ponies run, the girls are young,
                     The odds are there to beat.
                   You win a while, and then it's done
               Your little winning streak.
             And summoned now to deal
         With your invincible defeat,
       You live your life as if it's real,
    A Thousand Kisses Deep.
     

             (1988)

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

(1934 - 2016)