He made us dance to the end of Love.
He took a Chelsea Hotel to international fame.
He bade farewell to all the Mariannes we knew.
A pretty woman leaning in her darkened door cried to him.
The Sisters of Mercy no longer wait for him.
When they poured across the border he was cautioned to surrender.
This he could not do.
Suzanne just took him to her place near the river.
So long Mr. Cohen. Thank you for your words.
Do click on the link above. “The partisan” is an adaptation of a french song written in 1943 by Emmanuel d’Astier de la Vigerie, in London during WWII. A song that would soon become an unofficial anthem of the French Résistance, along with another song, written by Kessel and Druon, “Le chant des partisans”.
In those dark days looming ahead, let us remember the last words of the Partisan:
“The wind, the wind is blowing,
“Through the graves the wind is blowing
“Freedom soon will come.
“Then we’ll come through the shadows.”