*New Music* My Version of Leonard Cohen’s “Last Year’s Man”

220. Leonard Cohen

This week, it’s the turn of Leonard again. This is my version of “Last Year’s Man”:

Last Year’s Man

The rain falls down on last year’s man,
That’s a Jew’s harp on the table,
That’s a crayon in his hand.
And the corners of the blueprint are ruined since they rolled
Far past the stems of thumbtacks
That still throw shadows on the wood.
And the skylight is like skin for a drum I’ll never mend
And all the rain falls down amen
On the works of last year’s man.

I met a lady, she was playing with her soldiers in the dark
Oh one by one she had to tell them
That her name was Joan of Arc.
I was in that army, yes I stayed a little while;
I want to thank you, Joan of Arc,
For treating me so well.
And though I wear a uniform I was not born to fight;
All these wounded boys you lie beside,
Goodnight, my friends, goodnight.

I came upon a wedding that old families had contrived;
Bethlehem the bridegroom,
Babylon the bride.
Great Babylon was naked, oh she stood there trembling for me,
And Bethlehem inflamed us both
Like the shy one at some orgy.
And when we fell together all our flesh was like a veil
That I had to draw aside to see
The serpent eat its tail.

Some women wait for Jesus, and some women wait for Cain
So I hang upon my altar
And I hoist my axe again.
And I take the one who finds me back to where it all began
When Jesus was the honeymoon
And Cain was just the man.
And we read from pleasant Bibles that are bound in blood and skin
That the wilderness is gathering
All its children back again.

The rain falls down on last year’s man,
An hour has gone by
And he has not moved his hand.
But everything will happen if he only gives the word;
The lovers will rise up
And the mountains touch the ground.
But the skylight is like skin for a drum I’ll never mend
And all the rain falls down amen
On the works of last year’s man.

Written by Leonard Cohen

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*New Video* First Release from My New Album – “Pantomime”

This week it’s the brand new video for the first release from my new album “Debris”. This is “Pantomime”:

Pantomime

Pantomime

Had a friend of mine, had a hole inside
He used to fill it up with all the wasted stuff
The things he didn’t need but felt he had to keep
And then, he built a shrine to mediocrity

If you know me so well
You’d know I lie

I saw your shadow, incidentally
It didn’t look that scary to me
Yet, you say it made a personal attack
Must have mistook you for someone with a spine in his back

If you know me so well
You’d know not to try to trivialize
To trivialize

I think too much, that’s what’s wrong with me
And I see the things that aren’t in front of me
I only sit on chairs that have been wiped clean
And I won’t talk to people that would talk to me

If you know me so well
You’d know not to try to trivialize
To trivialize

Words & Music by Derek Flynn

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*New Music* My Version of “Run To Me” by The Bee Gees

219. Bee Gees

Run To Me 

If ever you got rain in your heart
Someone has hurt you, and torn you apart
Am I unwise to open up your eyes to love me?

And let it be like they said it would be
Me loving you girl, and you loving me
Am I unwise to open up your eyes to love me?

Run to me whenever you’re lonely
Run to me if you need a shoulder
Now and then, you need someone older
So darling, you run to me

And when you’re out in the cold
No one beside you, and no one to hold
Am I unwise to open up your eyes to love me?

And when you’ve got nothing to lose
Nothing to pay for, nothing to choose
Am I unwise to open up your eyes to love me?

Run to me whenever you’re lonely
Run to me if you need a shoulder
Now and then, you need someone older
So darling, you run to me

Written by Barry Gibb

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*New Music* My Version of Graham Nash’s “Simple Man”

218. Graham Nash

This week’s new music is a short but beautiful song by Graham Nash that contains the wonderful refrain “I just want to hold you, I don’t want to hold you down.” This my version of “Simple Man”:

Simple Man

I am a simple man
So I sing a simple song
Never been so much in love
And never hurt so bad at the same time

I am a simple man
And I play a simple tune
I wish that I could see you once again
Across the room like the first time

I just want to hold you, I don’t want to hold you down
I hear what you’re saying and you’re spinning my head around
And I can’t make it alone

The ending of the tale
Is the singing of the song
Make me proud to be your man only you can make me strong
Like the last time

I just want to hold you, I don’t want to hold you down
I hear what you’re saying and you’re spinning my head around
And I can’t make it alone

Written by Graham Nash

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*New Video* My Version of “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen”

Yes, dear reader, you read that right. This may be the strangest choice of a cover song yet. But never let it be said that things were ever boring around here! This is my version of “Let It Go”:

Let It Go

Let It Go

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation,
And it looks like I’m the queen.

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I tried

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well, now they know

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door

I don’t care
What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I’m free

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry

Here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let the storm rage on

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back,
The past is in the past

Let it go, let it go
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone

Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

Written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Emanuel Kiriakou & Robert J. Lopez

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