So Long Marianne – Lyrics

By: Leonard Cohen

Come over to the window, my little darling,
I’d like to try to read your palm.
I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy
before I let you take me home.

 

Now so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began
to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.

 

Well you know that I love to live with you,
but you make me forget so very much.
I forget to pray for the angels
and then the angels forget to pray for us.

 

Now so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began …

 

We met when we were almost young
deep in the green lilac park.
You held on to me like I was a crucifix,
as we went kneeling through the dark.

 

Oh so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began …

 

Your letters they all say that you’re beside me now.
Then why do I feel alone?
I’m standing on a ledge and your fine spider web
is fastening my ankle to a stone.

 

Now so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began …

 

For now I need your hidden love.
I’m cold as a new razor blade.
You left when I told you I was curious,
I never said that I was brave.

 

Oh so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began …

 

Oh, you are really such a pretty one.
I see you’ve gone and changed your name again.
And just when I climbed this whole mountainside,
to wash my eyelids in the rain!

 

Oh so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began …