Leonard Cohen: Alexandra Leaving Meaning
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Alexandra Leaving Lyrics
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...
anonymous Aug 24th, 8:18pm report
Way too deep for me, butfor one part................'say goodbye to alexandra leaving' = say goodbye to the woman, in person AND to the act of her departure
then: 'Say goodbye to alexandra lost' = get over it! SAy goodbye to the reality of her no longer being part of your life, say goodbye to those feelings of abandonment and betrayal
anonymous May 5th, 2018 5:54am report
It is a repurposing of the poem "The God Abandons Antony" to talk about his daughter leaving his house with her lover. "Your first commitment, tangible again"; "in full command of every plan you wrecked", "hiding behind cause and effect"; "even though she sleeps upon your satin" (daughter coming home for a visit), etc.
anonymous Dec 12th, 2017 12:07pm report
Theo honour of knowing and loved someone that no lingerie loved you back,it's a fantastic regret love song
anonymous May 14th, 2017 5:51pm report
It is about about a woman brought back by Christ. The lyrics "Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving. Say goodbye to Alexandra lost." Mean Alexandra was gone and now she's back.
anonymous Aug 11th, 2015 8:45pm report
For me it means a beloved partner has died and gone to live with their lord. Must accept and not pretend they are not really gone, may grieve but has to accept reality, but in a gentle interpretation.
anonymous Dec 22nd, 2012 12:18pm report
A person who has died and is being taken to heaven by one of God's angels.
anonymous Jun 5th, 2011 6:08am report
'Alexandra Leaving' is an interpretation of the poem The God Abandons Antony by Greek poet Constantine P. Cavafy;
Cohen freely adapted the poem for his song "Alexandra Leaving" (Ten New Songs, 2001 Whereas Cavafy's theme was based around the city of Alexandria, Cohen's version builds around a woman named Alexandra.
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