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Leonard Cohen: Show Me the Place Meaning

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Song Released: 2011


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Show Me the Place Lyrics

Show me the place where you want your slave to go
Show me the place, I've forgotten, I don't know
Show me the place for my head is bending low
Show me the place where you want your slave to go

Show me the place, help me roll away the...

  1. anonymous
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    May 24th 2019 report

    This is about creation. But also the reference to “The Troubles” is intriguing. I wonder if the narrator is talking about Ireland.

  2. anonymous
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    Dec 20th 2017 report

    Or maybe it's not only about live to God or other religion, maybe lyrical ego compares his love of woman to love of God? "The place where Word became a man" can be an gentle yet controversial paraphrase of woman womb? He sings that by loving a woman, by getting intimate with her, his enslavement, 'suffering' started, and he wanted to forget he ever became a lover, when he sings that he forgot that he didn't know a place.

  3. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 2016 report

    I don't know but I was reading this and it got gradually lighter. I did not touch anything. The light just got brighter. God, Jesus, I'm listening...

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 2nd 2015 report

    I only know what it meant to me for a moment. How did I ever miss this song? Some songs you hear and know immediately that it's special. These are bold words in this song. A song of surrender or a reaching out or maybe "thou shalt stretch for thy hands and another shall gird thee".

  5. anonymous
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    Dec 24th 2013 report

    The suffering began with the death of Jesus Christ and so with the birth of Christianity. Given the suffering, not only of the Jews, but also of so many other groups, initiated by this "loving" religion, Leonard seeks orientation in the world - "show me the place", I've forgotten, I don't know". He is seeking both understanding of what on earth this life we have is all about, as well as guidance on how he should now proceed, given the suffering caused by organised religion. Should he simply continue to be religion's (God's) slave, keeping commandments, doing what religion tells him to, or is there some other way to live a good, morally meaningful human life? Paradoxically, he appeals to God to show him the place where he might receive the enlightenment he is seeking. I think he is looking in the wrong place for this.

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 30th 2012 report

    Lyrics are asking your God to show where/what He wants you to go/do. You once knew, but need to be told again. The "troubles" temptations came. You were a slave to your God. Chains were the "rules" to adhere to as a slave, aka "believer". The stone at Jesus' tomb. A heavy load. The cross, where the suffering began, Jesus' suffering for all. Show Me The Place, asking where do I begin?


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