What does Everybody Knows mean?

Search Login

Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows Meaning

Tagged:

No tags, suggest one.

Song Released: 1988


Get "Everybody Knows" on MP3:

Get MP3 from Amazon

Everybody Knows Lyrics

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it...

  1. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    May 12th report

    We know in some sense that something's not right but we still go through the motions.


    Everybody knows, we just don't know for sure so we keep going.

  2. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Dec 7th 2017 report

    Once there was a world one could believe in even if it were a lie now no one believes and sees through everything everybody knows its all a lie.

  3. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Nov 19th 2017 report

    Justice League Sample
    Superman is dead and everybody knows it. The world is once turning into chaos as the good guy lost. Everybody knows Superman died, including the mother boxes, which led to Steppenwolf’s arrival

  4. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Oct 22nd 2014 report

    This is a cynical song, telling about how almost everything in the world is not as it is meant to be, how people lie and distort the truth, how EVERYMAN tends (or wants) to believe, so they do, but at the same time, the writer knows that they know, because EVERYBODY knows. But that is how life is: in spite of the fact that EvERYBODY knows the truth, EVERYBODY still goes along accepting the lies, trying to be the first one who will actually succeed. But nobody does. Everybody is playing the game; everybody knows it's a game that they will never win; but that's life, the game of life.

    Even God (Jesus) knows this truth. But he, too, goes along, because it mustn't break apart. Life must go on. There is a hint toward the end, where he talks about the Sacred Heart and Calvary that "people" may be more able to accept this than Jesus. But that is not going to happen yet.


More Leonard Cohen song meanings »


 


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]





Just Posted

Talking to the Moon anonymous
Mr. Saxobeat anonymous
They Don't Know About Us anonymous
Be Kind anonymous
Here With Me anonymous
Friends anonymous
Dirty Paws anonymous
Mama Kin anonymous
Dude (Looks Like a Lady) anonymous
It's a Long Way to the Top anonymous
Big Gun anonymous
Dog Eat Dog anonymous
Girls Got Rhythm anonymous
The Messenger anonymous
Are You Ready anonymous

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

Justified
Kacey Musgraves
23
Sam Hunt
New Truck
Dylan Scott
Champagne Poetry
Drake
The Tradition
Halsey
Bells In Santa Fe
Halsey
Light My Love
Greta Van Fleet
Lonely
Imagine Dragons