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Leonard Cohen: Alexandra Leaving Meaning

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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...

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    anonymous
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    May 14th, 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.



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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 22nd, 2012 12:18pm report


    A person who has died and is being taken to heaven by one of God's angels.



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    anonymous
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    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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