There For You

(2004)

 

lyrics by Leonard Cohen          music by   Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson

(recorded by Leonard Cohen on "Dear Heather"   2004 )

 

©   2007 photo by   Carmen Ezgeta:    Suho slano jezero; Chott el-Jerid; Tunis; Afrika; listopad 2007.
                                                                                                   Salt-Water; Chott el-Jerid; Tunisia; Africa; October, 2007

 

CHOTT EL JERID: Dry salt lake

'Chott' is the word used in Tunisia for lakes that stays dry through the hot season, but which has some water in the winter.
The largest, the Chott el Jerid, covers 5,000 sq km at the most, and lies in the middle of Tunisia, close to the Algerian border.
Chott el Jerid was some thousand years ago part of the Mediterranean Sea.
The chott is easily accessed, as an elevated causeway has been built across it, from Kebili to Tozeur.

 

        "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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 2007 photo by Carmen Ezgeta: Suho slano jezero; Chott el-Jerid; Tunis; Afrika; listopad 2007. -  Salt-Water; Chott el-Jerid; Tunisia; Africa; October, 2007

                       When it all went down
                             And the pain came through
                                 I get it now
                                                     I was there for you

                                 Don't ask me how
                             I know it's true
                       I get it now
                                                     I was there for you

                       I make my plans
                             Like I always do
                                 But when I look back
                                                               I was there for you

                                 I walk the streets
                             Like I used to do
                       And I freeze with fear
                                                             But I'm there for you

                    I see my life
                         In full review
                             It was never me
                                         It was always you

      You sent me here
               You sent me there
           Breaking things
      I can't repair

        Making objects
             Out of thoughts
                 Making more
                       By thinking not

                       Eating food
                 And drinking wine
             A body that
        I thought was mine

        Dressed as Arab
             Dressed as Jew
                 Or mask of iron
                                               I was there for you

                       Moods of glory
                 Moods so foul
             The world comes through
        A bloody towel

        And death is old
             But it's always new
                 I freeze with fear
                                   And I'm there for you

                I see it clear
                   I always knew
                     It was never me

                         I was there for you
                         I was there for you

                     My darling one
                   And by your law
                It all was done

                           Don't ask me how
                       I know it's true
                  I get it now
                                   I was there for you

                  Don't ask me how
                       I know it's true
                           I get it now
                                           I was there for you

                               Don't ask me how
                           I know it's true
                      I get it now
                                         I was there for you
                       

                          Don't ask me how
                               I know it's true
                                   I get it now
                                                       I was there for you
                           

                              Don't ask me how
                                   I know it's true
                                       I get it now
                                                 I was there for you

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

(1934 - 2016)