Leonard Cohen - The Letters Lyrics




You never liked to get
The letters that I sent.
But now you've got the gist
Of what my letters meant.
You're reading them again,
The ones you didn't burn.
You press them to your lips,
My pages of concern.
I said there'd been a flood.
I said there's nothing left.
I hoped that you would come.
I gave you my address.
Your story was so long,
The plot was so intense,
It took you years to cross
The lines of self-defense.
The wounded forms appear:
The loss, the full extent;
And simple kindness here,
The solitude of strength.
You walk into my room.
You stand there at my desk,
Begin your letter to
The one who's coming next.





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  1. Pepucho Gomez

    Doy gracias por haberle conocido. Su musica me ha acompañado toda la vida ...

  2. Barbara Keller

    The letters ist ein wundervoller Song, ich liebe ihn!!

  3. danielv62

    Qu"est ce que c'est beau!!!!

  4. LahK HtalP

    I love everything about this song, i'm crying but it's okay
    i finally understand

  5. Haidar Al-Tamimi

    Rest in harmony, Leonard. 🖤

  6. Massimo Riva

    R.i.p Leonard 😞😞😞😞❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. Max from Milan italy

  7. Pamela Bergner

    Leonard, be at peace♡.

  8. Arnold Piotr Wątruch

    wonderful ... thank you -...

  9. Hüseyin Tunç

    😇😇😇❤

  10. Rawnak Khan

    The unforgettable voice of Leonard Cohen & S.Robinson, it's heavenly. Your always be in the heart Leonard Cohen.

  11. zakaria jalali

    The best song I ever heard ❤️❤️💪🏼💪🏼

  12. Wint Herr

    Ok, ok, we could never ever dare to make a "best Leonard Cohen songs" list which would be fair, because the truth is, this man never ever recorded a bad song in his life, even his weakest moments- so to speak- would make 99,9% of the artists out there be ashamed and humbly retire- that is, a "best of" collection had to virtually include ALL HIS SONGS (ok, I'd skip "No Diamonds in the Mine", and maybe "Don't Go Home with a Hard On" but only these two), but even though we're dealing here with a truly unique musical genius, yet there are CERTAIN SONGS which- how can I put it- touch us deeper, penetrate in a deeper part of our souls, some pieces he seemed to have carefully written so that we could listen to his words and feel the fascinating helplessness of our human condition. Songs like "A Thousand Kisses Deep", "Waiting for the Miracle", "The Stranger Song", "There for You", "Famous Blue Raincoat", "The Partisan"- and this one. This song is so painful and poignant to listen to I immediately become sad when I listen to it. His clearly spoken words "hit home" in a way I'm too embarassed to say, and I can't help picturing myself in the same situation described in the lyrics- those excruciating, suffocating times when you try to express something knowing that words don't matter, words don't change a thing- those times you'd like to write someone a "page of concern" about your long story, with its intense plot and your unlimited self-defense resources- only to see your words going to waste, and you ending down there, proud of your solitude, proud of your strenght, but begging for comprehension, begging for letting go, begging for the acceptance of someone spiritually similar to you. That depresing sensation- why do we still insist in using words if they can never truly express our inner thoughts and feelings? So that we can show someone, somehow, how pathetically fragile we are? When will this cycle end? What will be the final letter, the one someone will not dare to burn? Aside from "The Miracle", these are Cohen's lyrics which I feel most intimately, like he could have written this song especially for me- needless to say, I feel embarassed, honored and depressed at the same time.

  13. ilia hashemi

    fantastic song for ever

  14. Kona Alan

    My life is this song

    Natalia Likhachevskaya

    It's about everyone's life... Unfortunatelly...

  15. Evy

    awesome!

  16. Ivan Lališ

    veľmi príjemná hudba na relax aj na cestu autom

  17. Laila Jonsdottir

    I am sorrythat it took me so long time to undeerstand what your letters meant Sorry thT I never come over ther and tbat I don't juse your address more then I deed Love you cowboy LJUNGBERG p

  18. anneli ilama

    KIITOS LEONARD OLIT FANTASTINEN LAULUJEN TULKKI .GREATE THANKS YOUR SONG.

  19. Dorian Aronson

    Oh I love this, just as I loved Leonard Cohen. Thanks. . .

  20. WOUTER JOYCOMPANY.ORG

    DDeear father your wife is Jenifere Warrens you wher so good to ethard a vvery long time and she loves me to me she kive bort to my dauther Hope and to me we there Hope are father and dauther bbut i be also your brother and i love you and i now you do
    dear mmother Jeniferi love to see you soon ik hou van jullie vader Leonard motherJJenifere and dauther and sister but aure family has moore broters and sisters winne i was born i had a siames sister and 2 brothers and 1 sister mother Jenfere goode live this way why mother thank you wouterjoycompany.orgwouter joannes

  21. Bogdan Romicki

    Stonowana, emocjonalna ballada.Lubię ją.

  22. Rod Ismay

    CHECK OUT MY ARTWORK AT ROD-ISMAY,PIXELS.COM I LIKE LEONARD COHEN -- it's the first time I saw and heard him.

  23. carol nelson

    They said!

  24. Serge Le Normand

    a mourir. !!!!!!

  25. Eva Ek

    The words make my tears coming out...

  26. Simone Bartolini

    Immortale immennso LEONARD

  27. cristine Saunders

    God Bless you Leonard Cohen...for sharing your wonderful music and lyrics for my soul! May we meet again in a renewed life...Your music lives forever, and makes me smile...Thank You! May you be Graced with Ever Lasting Love and the Beauty of your lyrics and Melodies that will forever be listened too.. I'm grateful, to have had the opportunity to enjoy your incredible lyrics set to music...Thank you! God Bless you, always.

  28. Pat Blake

    I love him for how gracious he was to Dylan when Dylan won the Novel.

    1967870

    well he is more than noble

  29. Mary McKay

    I want to go where he is and dance till the end of love xx

  30. Angel Ruiz

    Leonard was the only man who got one thousand kisses deep into my soul

  31. Marcia Socarrás

    Oh, maravilla...

  32. dingsbums

    ..ich verneige mich vor Ihnen, Herr Cohen! Meine aufrichtige Anteilnahme den Zurückgelassenen..

    Krystyna Kiziak

    dingsbums

  33. SheWhoPlays

    ❤️🏹👉

    hosein mazahery

    SheWho Plays

  34. SheWhoPlays

    Um...nice

  35. Quira Medios

    God bless you Leo !

  36. Aleksandra Furtak

    Odszedl Wielki Artysta ale zostaja z nami jego piosenki Spoczywaj w Spokoju!!!!1

  37. Child Of Universe

    a legend just passed right in front of eyes .... let's just pause for a minute before we go and wash our cars.
    so sad to see you go and such an honor to have lived at the same time that you lived on earth.

    Béatrice Zubler Favrod

    YESSS. Wonderful

    ZYX

    Really beautiful words Jon x

  38. ADRIENNE RITA

    there will never be another Leonard Cohen!!

  39. Renate Tielman

    Thanks Carol for you reply

  40. Pale Rider1861

    The great and wonderful bard, Leonard Cohen, his time on this earth has expired,...and we are left regretting it alwasys!

  41. hotelTiffanyIT

    You were my MAN

  42. simon lépine

    ... in peace .

  43. cinule Lette

    Paix après les tourments. L.C. pour toujours en nos coeurs

  44. Alex Terkin

    покойся с миром . ז"ל

  45. MangeDisk

    Tes chansons m'ont fait du bien . . .

  46. czesia meyer

    ZOSTANIE W PAMIECI I JEGO PIOSENKI ...

  47. Peter Neal

    I'm a big Cohen fan but must admit to never having gotten to know the Dear Heather album. This beautiful song has convinced me to change that.

    Luka Bolonić

    Dear Heather is probably the One, unrightfully neglected LC album....
    it's bare and simple in a way, but also strikingly painful and beautiful :))

  48. Urgel Henriques

    We will never forget you. Peace to your soul.

  49. valaberto

    Rest in peace dear Mr. Cohen!

  50. Patricia Daher Barbosa

    his voice is unforgetable...

  51. GT Demos

    The most unique songwriter of ALL-TIME

  52. Argi Skelton

    "The Letters"

    You never liked to get
    The letters that I sent.
    But now you've got the gist
    Of what my letters meant.
    You're reading them again,
    The ones you didn't burn.
    You press them to your lips,
    My pages of concern.
    I said there'd been a flood.
    I said there's nothing left.
    I hoped that you would come.
    I gave you my address.
    Your story was so long,
    The plot was so intense,
    It took you years to cross
    The lines of self-defense.
    The wounded forms appear:
    The loss, the full extent;
    And simple kindness here,
    The solitude of strength.
    You walk into my room.
    You stand there at my desk,
    Begin your letter to
    The one who's coming next.

    Carl Chapman

    Argi Skelton b

    Kona Alan

    Thanks for the lyrics I know them by heart

    Terblanche Jordaan

    Argi Skelton thanks bro

    Luca Ricciardi

    R.I.P. Leonard
    Che fantastica voce
    Che fantastica persona
    Che fantastico artista
    Che fantastico poeta
    Che straordinario artista.
    Irripetibile

    Pamela Bergner

    @Kona Alan yes.

  53. Sergio Bastos

    love y men!

  54. Kitty West

    RIP, Master. My heart is broken.

    Béatrice Zubler Favrod

    mine too. I am so greatful for the wonderful poetry he left us. Thank you Mister Cohen

    Guul Goorhuis

    I can't stop listening to him, sometimes with a smile, sometimes with a tear

    FirCorred

    Kitty West  -how are you holding out, Kitty? Seems it never gets easier.

  55. Wilsoniano

    Uno de los más grandes y se acaba de ir... tal vez con su Marianne...

  56. Mathilda Flory

    A great soul have left the world.....

    Alfredo Martínez

    Que tristeza su partida, un hombre genial.

  57. Venita Banerjee

    Wish he got the Noble Prize in his life time ...a life time spent by a great artist in creativity .

    1967870

    he is more than politics noble

    angliase

    I felt he deserved it more than Bob Dylan..

  58. Péter Márta

    R.I.P. You are the best forever.

    Cathy COSNEFROY

    and I would add : we still do not fully understand how deep are his words.

  59. Marina Sapina

    Царствие небесное тебе.....Эх.....

  60. Mr Me

    r rest in peace

  61. Ray Guo

    what a great artist and poet. he deserved a Nobel prize too

    elaine here

    He was the Prize that we were awarded.

    1967870

    he is more than noble but politic

    angliase

    More than Bob Dylan..

  62. Sıcak Su Müziği

    Hastayım

  63. Mary Edwards

    Such deep and poetic words The solitude of strength wonderful

  64. Massimo Riva

    Dio che brividi questo pezzo.... che meraviglia..... immenso Leonard , che tu possa vivere X sempre .....

  65. Wint Herr

    Sua história foi tão longa. O enredo dela, tão intenso. Demorou anos para que você conseguisse cruzar a linha da auto-defesa. Letra linda e brilhant, típica de Cohen.

  66. AIRELA HAYK

    Ты читал предыдущее изменение?

  67. zulfira gavrilova

    Благодарю. Как прекрасно поет Леонард,, Какая прекрасная песня

    Alain Rabbani

    zulfira gavrilova

  68. Nuca Bebo

    ამ სიმღერის ფონზე უნდა რაჟდენს თავის ჩამოხრჩობა.

    Han Grejan

    Precies.

    Mary Edwards

    Han Grejan

  69. daflotsam

    Such a great great song.

  70. AIRELA HAYK

    "Ты никогда не любила получать
    Письма, что я отправлял,
    Но теперь ты постигла суть
    Моих писем.
    Ты перечитываешь их вновь,
    Те, что ты не сожгла,
    Ты прижимаешь их к своим губам,
    Страницы моей заботы"
    Писем не было. Заботы? Когда-то..де Борн
    обрадовался,что моя болезнь всего лишь-
    нервная и порекомендовал:
    /ты просто страйся не нервничать.
    Во-первых тебе нельзя кофе и чай.
    Пить можно только настой ромашки.
    Ну и всякие успокоительные препараты.
    Плюс всегда слушай хорошую жизнерадостную музыку.
    Я бы посоветовал ещё и подпевать,
    когда одна в доме и никто не помешает.
    А кроме того, надо гулять в парках.
    Лучше всего по утрам."
    Я не знаю,кто это заботился обо мне
    И этот вопрос меня мучает годы
    я не сожгла ни строчки
    Я с тех пор люблю его и
    всё снова и снова перечитываю его письма,
    не прекащая его поиски

  71. simon bailey

    Beauty in song, x

  72. Cora Visser

    He is real fantastic for ever in my heart the music,

  73. francesca cetrullo

    The Letters"

    You never liked to get
    The letters that I sent.
    But now you've got the gist
    Of what my letters meant.
    You're reading them again,
    The ones you didn't burn.
    You press them to your lips,
    My pages of concern.
    I said there'd been a flood.
    I said there's nothing left.
    I hoped that you would come.
    I gave you my address.
    Your story was so long,
    The plot was so intense,
    It took you years to cross
    The lines of self-defense.
    The wounded forms appear:
    The loss, the full extent;
    And simple kindness here,
    The solitude of strength.
    You walk into my room.
    You stand there at my desk,
    Begin your letter to
    The one who's coming next.

    francesca cetrullo

    Je vous en prie

  74. B Éva

    The Letters

  75. thomas reese

    Soulful and mesmerizing at the same time

  76. Metha Schrijvers

    lovely kirsty grtzz m.

  77. Heidi Standell

    Not the best known but my favourite of Cohen's songs, and I love all of them :)

  78. Светлана Полетаева

    here lives the SOUL .

  79. noadmiration

    Sharon Robinson. A long time collaborator. She co-wrote "Everybody Knows."

  80. roxanne montana

    Great Artist

  81. A Sea Oasis

    ... your story was so long, the plot was so intense... Thank you for sharing.

  82. Iwwersetzerin

    Sharon Robinson

  83. nature freak

    Cohen will be missed when he is gone. He will not be forgotton like many are.
    Lets hope he makes it to 100!

  84. onlinelondon

    Imagine the emptiness when he is no longer with us!!!!!!

  85. Ani Vardanyan

    Who is the second voice?

  86. m23c2sh

    He's never sentimental. He's way too deep to be sappy. It's not emotion-it's thought.
    Plus he's really sexy.

  87. avishagi100

    amazing

  88. Carla Martin

    Thank you so much for posting! :)

  89. YouGotOwnedxD

    hmm, tears from my eyes..

  90. lewijazz

    ....I don´t mind to sink with tea....if it nessesary for read you..

  91. landru79

    ...you must prepare two barrels of tea XD

  92. lewijazz

    ...write me more...the reading is my pasion...

  93. landru79

    ...writting.... Я тебя люблю!

  94. Γιαννης Νοταράς

    book of love book of longing to unite our lifes like letters our cries and torments to You i do not dare to name you all my life ends at Your Name if it be your will...

  95. Edward Boardman

    Sounds like Tom Waits.

  96. Lucía del barrio

    This man is god.

  97. piggy66

    @DirrtyPoser -1, too sappy