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Leonard Cohen: Democracy Meaning


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Song Released: 1992

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It's coming through a hole in the air,
from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
It's coming from the feel
that this ain't exactly real,
or it's real, but it ain't exactly there.
From the wars against disorder,
from the sirens night and...


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    Aug 31st, 8:06pm report

    The lyrics need not seem ironic. While the founding fathers envisioned a new mode of democracy they understood that limits would be needed to keep it balanced and moderate. The lyrics point to how we’re becoming immoderate. L. Cohen may be sincerely hoping that we find a way, by seeing our vices for what they are, to overcome them and restore good order.


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    Aug 23rd, 2016 8:57pm report

    On the overall Democracy came and has been coming through the holes and cracks in a society to be used by the people and by Government. But when it's misused too selfishly, there in the long run Democracy seems to hate real happy families and friendships, where it likes to break them apart for ''molding'' the individual to often to the point where it doesn't know the meaning of it's freedom to even choose wholeheartedly, but does become to self-centered and conceited by it to become to important for itself at a young age, running without a care for and from the rest of The Tribe that lost it's honor,integrity,responsibility and respect that he/she should have for The Elders that eventually could and will lead the oneself to feel like crap, if it gets to greedy and distant without a care for one's self spiritual need that is part of The Whole Tribe to be cared for all together.


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    Mar 21st, 2016 3:52am report

    The ups and downs of ''DEMOCRACY'' where we the people on the upside have the best of both worlds to use and develop our hopes and dreams to enrich our lives financially and spiritually to become the best we can be and feel towards oneself and each other if done in moderation, not to over tip the scale. On the downside, the unfortunate thing living within Democracy we develop many ''demonic possessed intellectuals'' who may not know they are, but some do, that take advantage of the system to educate the masses in a unhealthy and destructive way to continually divide ourselves by competition in many forms that fight each other in our minds that compounds the problem to breed more and more ''unhealthy narcissists''. Also to many ''honest schizophrenics'' that end up in mental hospitals many times 'cause they are the ones trying to fight back and not to give in as sellouts to the system that became ''demonic controlled''. Where we may not realize we are in it to see the big picture. And on the outside we have one to many ''intelligent schizophrenics'' or anotherwords by the Bible term are ''demonically possessed'' by their own will who sold out and know exactly what they're doing to convince the masses by their ungodly ways to twist the minds of to many people that end up needing psycological help in the long run where only JESUS in many cases has the power to kick out the devils from their high places and our heads where they planted them in a ''democracy'' that wants us to be tongue tied, dumbed down and nailed to the cross on the hill, where we the believers are caught in the middle between the thief and the lier.


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    Mar 20th, 2016 3:49pm report

    A song about being sarcastic and cynical in ''the mind'' thinking about the individual that thinks he is free, living in a so called ''Democracy''. Which to me sounds like he is saying that ''democracy'' is a form of government that gives people the power to verbally practice their god given rights in many forms. Even if it's the use of manipulating ''Necromancy and Paganism'' to use and interpret the old words to the English language to use with any ''Cult'' you wanna belong to practice your craft that seems to me it only makes more Necromancers and gods. This is without thinking for ''the other'' poorer Cults as ''We'', but only thinking for the selfish and greedy need of the ''I'' in the cult you belong to. Where in the long run Democracy only leads to divide and conquer the soul of the other into ''CHAOS'' That gets pushed out to the ''deserts'' sort of speaking for a peace of mind to ''THINK'' with GOD[JESUS] without having the fear even if being tempted by the devil there in the desert that is like a quiet cemetery covered by the ''sands of time''. Living in a democracy can bring out ''The Devil'' in a person ''trying'' to make the other person think that he may be doing the devil's work. Anotherwords it's like when somebody you know that is suspicious of you finds out that you lived by a cemetery, he automatically may think morbid thoughts about you ''like'' if somebody lived by a cemetery he would've been tempted to go over the other side like some kind of a far left political liberal nut or a far right conservative ''PIG'' that dug up''SKULLS AND BONES'' to use and practice his dark secrets within his CULT that ''he actually sees in himself that is guilty of practicing something much more sinister in the form of ''Democracy''.


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    Sep 11th, 2013 9:50am report

    He's being ironic.

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