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Song Released: 2016

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    Oct 18th, 2018 10:50pm report

    No idea if Cohen was referring to Ruwanda when he wrote this song but there's something very poignant in the line 'A million candles burning for the help that never came'. Estimated 800 000 dead in three months in 1994.


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    Jun 11th, 2018 6:30am report

    My interpretation of this song is that Leonard is showing all the bad that has happened in life so far and questioning if God wants it even worse before he returns. The Hebrew word he uses is not one to use lightly in that when you speak it, it means you are seriously following God and only doing that with your heart and soul, it is your only purpose on earth, to follow God. I do think people have a purpose on this earth and once it is done, they pass on and I think some know when that has happened but I'm not sure all people know. I think Leonard knew and I think he wanted people to know that he was happy to leave this world and be with God.


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    Aug 21st, 2017 8:37pm report

    The song is quite poetic , in reality we may never grasp what Cohen ment with it . It definitely have a personal message towards God in here .One part of the msg is that he had enough of this life and how is the same for most of us(the suffering the love story) and that his ready to die .the other part of the msg is toward gods way of work . God havent show love and help for the ppl who pray the most , and we are leaving religions behind(killing the flame) .but the realisation Cohen have is that is all by god intention, he want it darker.God is done from us putting him in human frame (being good or bad) and want the world to forget him , leaving us in the dark about his existence judging us by our actions whit out him in the world.


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    May 27th, 2017 5:39pm report

    I interpret "You want it Darker" is humanity is the devil. The devil is fighting with God. The Good want out of this struggle. The "Lover in the story but the story's still the same" is regardless of any good in this world is eclipsed by evil. Look at our world today. Leonard saw it coming last Summer. RIP Leonard.


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    Apr 23rd, 2017 4:47pm report

    Hineni means "here I am" in Hebrew.
    Leonard is Jewish but provokes god, what a strange god it is that wants the world to be darker.
    This god is the justification of some of the most horrible acts by Muslim terrorists and by the Nazis.
    Conclusion: there is another option... if god were to exist he would not want it darker.
    Leonard's Halleluiah is also not about biblical stories but about sexual irruption.
    Leonard is trying to explain that there is no god and the proof is the world we live in.


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    Jan 21st, 2017 1:57pm report

    One of the last songs of LEONARD COHEN before his death. May he always [R.I.P]. He's saying I'am here My Lord, but I'm out of the game if you are a Dealer wanting to make any deal concerning my soul. But if you are a Healer, meaning if God is. Then ''it means i'am broken and lame'' in front of you Lord. ''If Thine is the glory, then mine must be the shame''. Anotherwords throughout the song he is still willing to struggle,fight and argue with God for the life of his soul. All the while feeling it's not fair if God gets all the glory and he gets all the shame and guilt by all the sins committed in the past and throughout his life. I guess he want's God to take some responsibility? For wrongdoings in this song ''You Want It Darker'' that is also a song for the times in our time that ''flickered the flame'' of a warning little towards the dark side in reminder of PLSAMS 137 when Rabbi Hier inanugarl speech prayer touched all of us throughout the world on The Inauguration of our President Donald J. Trump of the U.S of America who is also backed up by prayers to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to watch over all of us.


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    Jan 13th, 2017 1:41am report

    I am thinking about it...
    Ultimately The Source God ... is of LIGHT LOVE and DIVINE POWER ... the Dark and the Light are all a part of CREATION ... What does Hieneni mean?

    More later...


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    Dec 25th, 2016 12:00pm report

    How could he know that he would perish, after a fall two weeks after he performed this song? Was he a biblical messenger? In the song you can hear Kol Nidre, the song for the dead in Hebrew. RIP

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