So Long, Marianne

Juče je preminula Marianne Ihlen, žena kojoj je Leonard Cohen posvetio pjesmu „So Long, Marianne” i sa kojom je bio u vezi tokom 60-ih godina. U jednom intervjuu, Cohen je izjavio da su njegovi osjećaji prema Marianne vječni, čak i nakon što su odvojeni, kao dokaz da je ljubav nikada ne umire. Marianne je bila inspiracija i za mnoge druge Cohenove pjesme.

Sa 22 godine, Marianne Ihlen doputovala je na grčko ostrvo Hidra sa piscem Axelom Jensenom. Axel je ubrzo napustio nju i njihovog novorođenog sina i otišao sa drugom ženom. Jednog dana, dok je Marianne kupovala u lokalnoj prodavnici na ostrvu, prišao je čovjek koji je pitao da se pridruži njemu i njegovim prijateljima za stolom. Predstavio se kao Leonard Cohen, tada malo poznati pisac.

Tako počinje ljubavna priča koja traje kroz većinu 1960-ih i koja ih vodi kroz Oslo, Montreal, Njujork i natrag na ostrvo Hidra.




                                                   












Come over to the window, my little darling,
I'd like to try to read your palm.
I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy
Before I let you take me home.

Now so long, Marianne, it's time that we began
To laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.

Well you know that I love to live with you,
But you make me forget so very much.
I forget to pray for the angels
And then the angels forget to pray for us.

Now so long, Marianne, it's time that we began ...

We met when we were almost young
Deep in the green lilac park.
You held on to me like I was a crucifix,
As we went kneeling through the dark.

Oh so long, Marianne, it's time that we began ...

Your letters they all say that you're beside me now.
Then why do I feel alone?
I'm standing on a ledge and your fine spider web
Is fastening my ankle to a stone.

Now so long, Marianne, it's time that we began ...

For now I need your hidden love.
I'm cold as a new razor blade.
You left when I told you I was curious,
I never said that I was brave.

Oh so long, Marianne, it's time that we began ...

Oh, you are really such a pretty one.
I see you've gone and changed your name again.
And just when I climbed this whole mountainside,
To wash my eyelids in the rain!

Oh so long, Marianne, it's time that we began ...


Leonard Cohen, „So Long, Marianne”

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