Leonard Cohen

Samson in New Orleans

You said that you were with me You said you were my friend Did you really love the city Or did you just pretend? You said you loved her secrets And her freedoms hid away "She was better than America," That's what I heard you say You said, "How could this happen?" You said, "How can this be?" The remnant of dishonor On the bridge of misery? And we who cried for mercy From the bottom of the pit Was our prayer so damn unworthy The sun rejected it? So gather up the killer Get everyone in town Stand me by those pillars Let me take this temple down The king so kind and solemn He wears a bloody crown So stand me by that column Let me take this temple down You said, "How could this happen?" You said, "How can this be? The chains are gone from heaven The storms are wild and free." There's other ways to answer That suddenly is true Me I'm blind with death and anger And that's no place for you There's a woman in the window There's a bed in Tinseltown I'll write you when it's over Let me take this temple down You said you loved her secrets Her freedoms hid away She was better than America That's what I heard her say