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Anthem

This song is by Leonard Cohen and appears on the album The Future (1992) and on the compilation album More Best of (1997).

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
Be caught again
Bought and sold
And bought again
The dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is 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.

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
And they're going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring...

You can add up the parts
But you won't have the sum
You can strike up the march,
There is no drum
Every heart
To love will come
But like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring...

Written by:

Leonard Cohen

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