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democracy

Part of the Democracy Set

 

It's coming through a hole in the air

From those nights in Tiananmen Square

It's coming from the feel

That it ain't exactly real

Or it's real, but it ain't exactly there

 

From the wars against disorder

From the sirens night and day

From the fires of the homeless

From the ashes of the gay

Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

 

It's coming through a crack in the wall

On a visionary flood of alcohol

From the staggering account

Of the Sermon on the Mount

Which I don't pretend to understand at all

 

It's coming from the silence

On the dock of the bay

From the brave, the bold, the battered

Heart of Chevrolet

Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

 

It's coming from the sorrow on the street

The holy places where the races meet

 

From the homicidal bitchin'

That goes down in every kitchen

To determine who will serve and who will eat

 

From the wells of disappointment

Where the women kneel to pray

For the grace of God in the desert here

And the desert far away

Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

  

Sail on, sail on

O mighty Ship of State!

To the Shores of Need

Past the Reefs of Greed

Through the Squalls of Hate

Sail on, sail on, sail on...

 

It's coming to America first

The cradle of the best and of the worst

 

It's here they got the range

And the machinery for change

And it's here they got the spiritual thirst

 

It's here the family's broken

And it's here the lonely say

That the heart has got to open

In a fundamental way

Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

 

It's coming from the women and the men

O baby, we'll be making love again

 

We'll be going down so deep

That the river's going to weep

And the mountain's going to shout amen!

 

It's coming like the tidal flood

Beneath the lunar sway

Imperial, mysterious

In amorous array

Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

 

I'm sentimental, if you know what I mean

I love the country but I can't stand the scene

And I'm neither left or right

I'm just staying home tonight

Getting lost in that hopeless little screen

 

But I'm stubborn as those garbage bags

That time cannot decay

I'm junk but I'm still holding up

This little wild bouquet

Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

 

Leonard Cohen

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Uploaded on July 2, 2005