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“Anthem” Lyrics

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Here are some more of the lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem”:

“The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.”



  • http://HASH(0xd164ff0) Briana Wodoslawsky

    I read the chorus of that song in the book An Unquiet Mind…that chorus has been a chorus for my life since then. I love it.

  • Larry Parker

    Of course, the great bell is the symbol not only of American liberty, but of overcoming mental health struggles according to Mental Health America/NMHA, so the analogy is especially fitting:
    http://www.nmha.org/go/bell
    On the other hand, Leonard Cohen’s world-weary, coffee-and-cigarettes, 3 a.m., monotone semi-sung poetry also captures the other side of depression as well, the lowest of the lows. Here’s my “favorite” (if that’s the word) example:
    http://music.yahoo.com/Leonard-Cohen/Everybody-Knows/lyrics/516059#lyricstop

  • Linus M. Streckfus

    These lyrics profoundly affected me the first time I heard them. Earlier in the week I had had a dream with a bell, and cohen, too in it. When I heard the song, I thought back to the dream, and tears from deep inside welled up and began streaming down my face.
    Because it may be relevant, I’ll post the contents of the dream, below:
    I was on a roof top, and being chastized by a theater manager for not properly caring for a bell put in my care. I had not attached a cord to it, and it could not ring. After reaming me out, the theater manager went back to work, booking the theater for the premier of a play written by L. Cohen titled “The Trouble With You.” Cohen had stipulated/ directed that the play be performed to a house no more than half-full.

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