Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Leonard Cohen: Diamonds in the Mine



Diamonds in the Mine
by Leonard Cohen


I thought I told thee all about it in the days of Vietnam
When your poets marched for uncle Ho and your sons for Uncle Sam
Which side are you on today, which song i got to sing
with the mega-stench of corpses that is blowing in the wind 

And there are no letters in the mailbox,
And there are no grapes upon the vine,
And there are no chocolates in the boxes anymore,
And there are no diamonds in the mine.

Well, you tell me that your lover has a broken limb,
You say you're kind of restless now and it's on account of him.
Well, I saw the man in question, it was just the other night,
He was eating up a lady where the lions and Christians fight.

And there are no letters in the mailbox
And there are no grapes upon the vine,
And there are no chocolates in the boxes anymore,
And there are no diamonds in the mine.

The woman in blue, she's asking for revenge,
Man in white -- that's you -- says he has no friends.
The river is swollen up with rusty cans
And the trees are burning in your promised land.

And there are no letters in the mailbox,
And there are no grapes upon the vine,
And there are no chocolates in the boxes anymore,
And there are no diamonds in the mine.

(You tell them now)

There is no comfort in the covens of the witch
Some clever Jewish doctor went and sterilized the bitch
And here she comes, Miss Liberty, the liberation's pride
She showed a million women how to kill an unborn child

And there are no letters in the mailbox,
Oh no, there are no, no grapes upon your vine,
And there are, there are no chocolates in your boxes anymore,
And there are no diamonds in your mine,
And there are no letters in the mailbox,
And there are no grapes upon the vine,
And there are no chocolates in your boxes anymore,
And there are no diamonds in your mine.

1 comment:

_ said...

Pleased to see another Catholic liking this song! Cohen has a number of works which suggest he's not entirely enthusiastic about the culture of death.