Reading My Way Around the World

Thursday 24 January 2019

Misty mornings and songs through the night

It's a soft mizzly morning here - everything is silent and calm and there's water dripping off branches.    There's something magical for me in this sort of a day.

There's been songs running through my head all night keeping me awake so I resorted to getting up around 1 o'clock and finishing a sock before having another attempt at sleep.   We finished the singing group practice on Tuesday with Leonard Cohen's Dance Me To The End of Love and while the subject of this song is very dark, the melody is so beautiful and uplifting that it stays with me for days and my singers sing it with so much joy.

Here's a singing workshop in Sydney singing it.  Go on.   I dare you not to sing along.   I'll put the lyrics at the bottom of the page here.  (Everytime I watch this, I promise myself a ukulele for my next birthday).

I'm just heading to the pub for a meeting (it's a tough life I know lol) - a roaring fire and a cappuccino will get rid of the last of the grogginess.  Have a lovely Thursday.

OK, ready?  Here's the words... (not sure if this is exactly what they're singing in the video)

Dance Me to the End of Love

Ly ly, ly ….
Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Oh, let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Ly ly. …..

Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We're both of us beneath our love, we're both of us above
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Ly, ly …..

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love

Ly, ly …. Twice


  1. Enjoyed listening to this... thanks. I hadn't heard it before.

  2. Hi Fil - I quite agree ... love the music and now have the words to hand ... lovely sentiments too - cheers Hilary


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