New Music Monday – My version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Tower of Song’

Hell yeah…it’s New Music Monday! This week, it’s the final choice in the ‘Choose Your Own Song’ comp I ran a while back. This is my version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Tower of Song’:

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Tower of Song

Well my friends are gone and my hair is gray
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on
I’m just paying my rent every day in the tower of song

I said to Hank Williams, “How lonely does it get?”
Hank Williams hasn’t answered yet
But I hear him all night long
Oh, a hundred floors above me in the tower of song

I was born like this, I had no choice
I was born with the gift of a golden voice
And twenty-seven angels from the great beyond
They tied me to this table right here in the tower of song

So you can stick your little pins in that voodoo doll
I’m very sorry, baby, doesn’t look like me at all
I’m standing by the window where the light is strong
Ah they don’t let a woman kill you not in the tower of song

I see you standing on the other side
I don’t know how the river got so wide
I loved you baby, way back when
And all the bridges are burning that we might have crossed
But I feel so close to everything that we lost
We’ll never, we’ll never have to lose it again

Now I bid you farewell, I don’t know when I’ll be back
They’re moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you’ll be hearing from me baby, long after I’m gone
I’ll be speaking to you sweetly from a window in the tower of song

Yeah, my friends are gone and my head is gray
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on
I’m just paying my rent every day in the tower of song

Lyrics & music: Leonard Cohen

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11 comments on “New Music Monday – My version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Tower of Song’

  1. I love this Derek, it’s one of my favourites from the covers you’ve done.

  2. Great one! So I guess I never get to hear you sing Whole New World? Maybe you’ll do it just for me? 😉

  3. ERMurray says:

    I love this. Adore Leonard Cohen, and it’s always nice to hear a song revived – especially when it’s done well. Who is on backing vocals? Stunning voices all round.

  4. Maura says:

    Very nice Derek, liked this a lot, love that song.

  5. Michelle Moloney King says:

    Powerful stuff Derek.

  6. Amy Eyrie says:

    Fantastic! Okay, now that I’ve heard you do Leonard Cohen, I would love to hear you do “Everybody Knows…”

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