My adventure in becoming a [Good] Mormon

“Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin

Dance me through the panic ’til i’m gathered safely in

Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove

Dance me to the end of love dance me to the end of love

Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone

Let me feel you moving like they do in babylon

Show me slowly what i only know the limits of

Oh dance me to the end of love dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the wedding now dance me on and on

Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long

We’re both of us beneath our love we’re both of us above

Dance me to the end of love dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born

Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn

Raise a tent of shelter now though every thread is torn

Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin

Dance me through the panic till i’m gathered safely in

Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove

Dance me to the end of love dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the end of love”

This is quite possibly my most favourite Cohen song.  They lyrics have double meaning, which I think, because of the depth of their alternate meaning, is fantastic.

Upon first reading them, what do you see? I know I saw one of the more sexual referencing songs of his, so I didn’t listen to it for a looong time. Then one day, it popped up and I googled the lyrics and Cohen’s intending meaning. He says: ‘Dance Me to the End Of Love’ … it’s curious how songs begin because the origin of the song, every song, has a kind of grain or seed that somebody hands you or the world hands you and that’s why the process is so mysterious about writing a song. But that came from just hearing or reading or knowing that in the death camps, beside the crematoria, in certain of the death camps, a string quartet[2] was pressed into performance while this horror was going on, those were the people whose fate was this horror also. And they would be playing classical music while their fellow prisoners were being killed and burnt. So, that music, “Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin,” meaning the beauty there of being the consummation of life, the end of this existence and of the passionate element in that consummation. But, it is the same language that we use for surrender to the beloved, so that the song — it’s not important that anybody knows the genesis of it, because if the language comes from that passionate resource, it will be able to embrace all passionate activity.”

So, deeper than the mildly sexual meaning, it’s a whole celebration of life to me.

More later, I gotta go to school.

Live long & Prosper!!♥

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