Leonard Cohen

Born in Chains

I was born in chains But I was taken out of Egypt I was bound to a burden But the burden it was raised Lord, I can no longer Keep this secret Blessed is the name The name be praised I fled to the edge Of the Mighty Sea of Sorrow Pursued by the riders Of a cruel and dark regime But the waters parted And my soul crossed over Out of Egypt Out of Pharaoh's dream Word of words And measure of all measures Blessed is the Name The Name be blessed Written on my heart In burning letters That's all I know I cannot read the rest I was idle with my soul When I heard you could use me I followed very closely But my life remained the same But then you showed me Where you had been wounded In every atom Broken is the Name I was alone on the road And your love was so confusing All my teachers told me I had myself to blame But in the grip of Sensual illusion A sweet unknowing Unified the name Word of words And measure of all measures Blessed is the Name The Name be blessed Written on my heart In burning letters That's all I know I cannot read the rest I've heard the soul unfolds In the chambers of its longing And the bitter liquor sweetens In the hammered cup But all the ladders Of the night have fallen Only darkness now To lift the longing up