Leonard Cohen © Sony/ATV Songs

The birds they sang at the break of day “Start again” I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what has passed away Or what is yet to be

The wars they will be fought again
The holy dove she will be caught again Bought and sold and bought again The dove is never free

Chorus: Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack, in everything That’s how the light gets in

We asked for signs, the signs were sent: The birth betrayed, the marriage spent The widowhood of every government Signs for all to see

I can’t run no more with that lawless crowd While the killers in high places

say their prayers out loud
But they’ve summoned up a thundercloud They’re going to hear from me


You can add up the parts, you won’t have the sum You can strike up the march,

on your little broken drum
Every heart, every heart to love will come But like a refugee