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Alexandra Leaving Lyrics

 

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Alexandra Leaving Lyrics

Suddenly the night has grown colder.
The god of love preparing to depart.
Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder,
They slip between the sentries of the heart.

Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure,
They gain the light, they formlessly entwine;
And radiant beyond your widest measure
They fall among the voices and the wine.

It’s not a trick, your senses all deceiving,
A fitful dream, the morning will exhaust –
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Even though she sleeps upon your satin;
Even though she wakes you with a kiss.
Do not say the moment was imagined;
Do not stoop to strategies like this.

As someone long prepared for this to happen,
Go firmly to the window. Drink it in.
Exquisite music. Alexandra laughing.
Your firm commitments tangible again.

And you who had the honor of her evening,
And by the honor had your own restored –
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving;
Alexandra leaving with her lord.

Even though she sleeps upon your satin;
Even though she wakes you with a kiss.
Do not say the moment was imagined;
Do not stoop to strategies like this.

As someone long prepared for the occasion;
In full command of every plan you wrecked –
Do not choose a coward’s explanation
that hides behind the cause and the effect.

And you who were bewildered by a meaning;
Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed –
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

 

What Do Alexandra Leaving Lyrics Mean?

This song is based on Constantine Cavafy’s Poem ‘The God Abandons Antony’. The same Antony from ‘Julius Caesar’ and ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. The original poem itself is based on Plutarch’s story that Antony heard a ghostly, musical procession the night before he lost the siege of Alexandria to Octavian. The procession – among other things, signified the desertion of his God protector, Bacchus. The departing procession could thus signify the loss of love, glory, fame, fortune, love….   alexander leaving lyrics

Leonard Cohen changes Alexandria to Alexandra, making the loss more firmly that of love. The song, in Cohen’s hands, becomes about how to face the loss of a lover and all the accompanying promises and expectations. The warrior’s exhortation to face up to the loss of life on the eve of battle transforms into the lover’s counsel to be strong and accept the loss of a relationship.

The song as written carries no particular significance to specific biographical events in Cohen’s life but is more of a symbolic dirge carrying many layers of meaning.

I’ve alway thought it was about the end of a relationship, the moment when you accept it’s really over but you have yet to go through the motions (and still feel something for your partner)

In particular:
As someone long prepared for the occasion;
In full command of every plan you wrecked –
Do not choose a coward’s explanation
that hides behind the cause and the effect.

You face the fact that you need to end things.
I thought Alexandra leaving was metaphorical, your feelings for her are ending.

It can be interpreted many ways. But cohen chose words refering to the love of a woman which is about to leave. The explicit is also important, not only the implicit.

She will go, you are prepared to what will happen to you since you’ve been through this experience, but you will suffer anyway as the first day. And if you don’t suffer the loss of love, you have not fallen in love.

 
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