Morning Song – Democracy
And now Leonard Cohen’s dead, too. As Charles Pierce tweeted out last night, “This has to be the worst year for pop music deaths ever.” (And not only is it not done yet—51 more days to go!—just because it’s the worst year so far doesn’t mean it can’t get worse.)
As an antidote…no, that’s not the right word…a balm—in equal measures soothing and stinging—for today, here’s Cohen’s “Democracy”, written in the wake of the fall of the Berlin wall to be “a revelation in the heart“.
I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean
I love the country but I can’t stand the scene
And I’m neither left or right
I’m just staying home tonight
Getting lost in that hopeless little screen;
But I’m stubborn as those garbage bags
As time cannot decay
I’m junk but I’m still holding up this little wild bouquet
Democracy is coming to the USA….