Leonard Cohen

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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 is gone and the darkness is complete, don't matter if we lose our way it's written that we'll meet, at least, that's what I heard you say 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, you learned it on your father's knee and at your mother's feet, but did you have to fight your way across the burning street when all our vital interests lay a thousand kisses deep. I'm turning tricks, I'm getting fixed, I'm back on boogie street, I'd like to quit the business but I'm in it, so to speak, the thought of you is peaceful and the file on you complete except what I forgot to do a thousand kisses deep. Don't matter if you're rich and strong, Don't matter if you're weak, Don't matter if you write a song the nightingales repeat, don't matter if it's nine to five or timeless and unique, you ditch your life to stay alive 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 summon now to deal with your invincible defeat you live your life as if it's real a thousand kisses deep. I hear their voices in the wine that sometimes did me seek, the band is playing Auld Lang Syne but the heart will not retreat, there's no forsaking what you love no existential leap as witnessed here in time and blood a thousand kisses deep.

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