Naked Angel

By Igor Amelkovich, http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=2227709

Going through Leonard Cohen‘s old recordings from his early days, I came across this painful and dark song of his. The full lyrics are below and you can hear it here though I don’t think the quality of the recording is that great. This is dedicated to my “naked angel”…”with her legs apart”.


Poem/Song: Paper-Thin
by Phil Spector and Leonard Cohen
from the album “Death of a Ladies’ Man” by L. Cohen, 1977

The walls of this hotel are paper-thin
Last night I heard you making love to him
The struggle mouth to mouth and limb to limb
The grunt of unity when he came in

I stood there with my ear against the wall
I was not seized by jealousy at all
In fact a burden lifted from my soul
I heard that love was out of my control
A heavy burden lifted from my soul
I heard that love was out of my control

I listened to your kisses at the door
I never heard the world so clear before
You ran your bath and you began to sing
I felt so good I couldn’t feel a thing

And I can’t wait to tell you to your face
And I can’t wait for you to take my place
You are The Naked Angel In My Heart
You are The Woman With Her Legs Apart
It’s written on the walls of this hotel
You go to heaven once you’ve been to hell

A heavy burden lifted from my soul
I heard that love was out of my control

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