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With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah".

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With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah".hallelujah."


It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah".\\
"Maybe there's a god above,\\
and all I ever learned from love\\
was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you."\\
"And even though it all went wrong\\

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It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah".hallelujah".

-->"I did my best, it wasn't much,\\
I couldn't feel so I tried to touch,\\
I told the truth, I didn't come to fool ya.
\\
"Maybe there's a god above,\\
and all I ever learned from love\\
was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you."\\
"And
And even though it all went wrong\\

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** And ''especially'' when it plays in Film/PumpUpTheVolume, where it is played as a heartwrenching reaction to a suicide.


** The title song, "You Want It Darker"

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** The title song, "You Want It Darker"
Darker", bleakly accuses God of "want[ing] it darker" while recalling the Holocaust ("A million candles burning for the help that never came... They're lining up the prisoners/And the guards are taking aim/I struggled with some demons/They were middle-class and tame") and quotes the Mourner's Kaddish ("Magnified, sanctified/Be Thy holy name"). If that won't get you tearing up, there's also Leonard singing "Hineni, hineni/I'm ready, my Lord" ''two weeks before his death.''



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** The title song, "You Want It Darker"


* In July 2016, Cohen learned that his one-time lover and muse Marianne Ihlen (namesake of "So Long Marianne") was gravely ill and close to death. He wrote to her, a letter she received shortly before she died.
--> Well Marianne, itís come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine. And you know that Iíve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I donít need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.
** The reply moreso:
--> Dear Leonard

--> Marianne slept slowly out of this life yesterday evening. Totally at ease, surrounded by close friends.

--> Your letter came when she still could talk and laugh in full consciousness. When we read it aloud, she smiled as only Marianne can. She lifted her hand, when you said you were right behind, close enough to reach her.

--> It gave her deep peace of mind that you knew her condition. And your blessing for the journey gave her extra strength. . . . In her last hour I held her hand and hummed ďBird on the Wire,Ē while she was breathing so lightly. And when we left the room, after her soul had flown out of the window for new adventures, we kissed her head and whispered your everlasting words.

--> So long, Marianne . . .
*** And true to his word, Cohen himself passed only four months later.


** But the chorus of "Anthem" has been known to bring [[HeartwarmingMoments tears of an entirely different type]]:

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** But the chorus of "Anthem" has been known to bring [[HeartwarmingMoments [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments tears of an entirely different type]]:


* "And what can I tell you, my brother, my killer, what could I possibly say? I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you, I'm glad you stood in my way..."
** Although, these lines from "Famous Blue Raincoat" from ''Music/SongsOfLoveAndHate'' may be even worse: "Thanks for the trouble you took from her eyes; I thought it was there for good, so I never tried." Then it's bam! Tears welling up every time.

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* "Famous Blue Raincoat" from ''Music/SongsOfLoveAndHate'' is widely considered to be one of the most depressing songs ever written. "And what can I tell you, my brother, my killer, what could I possibly say? I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you, I'm glad you stood in my way..."
** Although, these lines from "Famous Blue Raincoat" from ''Music/SongsOfLoveAndHate'' may be even worse: "Thanks for the trouble you took from her eyes; I thought it was there for good, so I never tried." Then it's bam! Tears welling up every time.
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** The most devastating of all may very well be the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0Lm8-C6xnU version]] that [[Music/LinkinPark Chester Bennington]] sang for the funeral of Music/ChrisCornell. It isn't just the fact that the song was done in tribute to a rock legend gone far too soon, but also that Chester himself committed suicide less than two months later.


** ''Everybody knows the boat is leaking. Everybody knows the captain lied. Everybody got this broken feeling like their father or their dog just died.''

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** --> ''Everybody knows the boat is leaking. Everybody knows the captain lied. Everybody got this broken feeling like their father or their dog just died.''



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* The entirety of his final album ''You Want It Darker''. Leonard knew his time was up by this point, and it's reflected here. ''Especially'' in the reprise of "Treaty" at the end of the album. If you weren't crying for the rest of the album, this will do it.
--> ''I wish there was a treaty we could sign\\
It's over now, the water and the wine\\
We were broken then but...now we're borderline\\
And I wish there was a treaty...\\
I wish there was a treaty...\\
Between your love...and mine''


** The version by Music/JohnCale, used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', is particularly gut-wrenching - and probably more affecting than the Music/RufusWainwright version on the soundtrack album. Of course, when you're talking about this song, it's all relative...

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** The version by Music/JohnCale, used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', is particularly gut-wrenching - and probably more affecting than the Music/RufusWainwright version on the soundtrack album. Of course, when you're talking about this song, it's all relative...gut-wrenching.



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* "Winter Lady" is a perfect marriage of bleak lyrics and bleak music. It's easy to see why Creator/RobertAltman chose it for the ending of ''Film/MccabeAndMrsMiller''.

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** Add Creator/KateMcKinnon's gut-wrenching [[http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2016/11/13/saturday-ngiht-live-kate-mckinnons-hillary-clinton-delivers-tearjerker-hallelulah-performance/93755628/ version]] on the November 12, 2016 episode of Series/SaturdayNightLive .


*** And true to his word, Cohen himself passed only five months later.

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*** And true to his word, Cohen himself passed only five four months later.

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