Sisters Of Mercy

A poem by Leonard Cohen

Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me
this song.
Oh I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so
Yes you who must leave everything that you cannot control.

It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your
Well I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how
you're pinned:
When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that
you've sinned.
Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.

If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a
When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them
Don't turn on the lights, you can read their address by the
And you won't make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened
your night:
We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be all
We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be all

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