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Dance Me to the End of Love

Posted by shanoah on December 11, 2009

Well, I think I’ll break with both the traditional Christmas and heavy metal themes for a post. On the other hand, this isn’t a song I’d be likely to play for Christmas anyways, so I’m still being unconventional in my choice oif music for the holidays. And I think this does follow Death and Resurrection well.

This song is by Leonard Cohen, and was actually inspired by the holocaust. It’s Dance Me To the End of Love, and appears to be a love song. This, though, is what Leonard Cohen has to say about it in an interview (per Wikipedia):

‘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 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.

And, yes, this is the official music video.

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2 Responses to “Dance Me to the End of Love”

  1. hi
    and here is the photoblog of this legend,Leonard Cohen;
    http://leonardcohenphotos.wordpress.com
    u can join and hekp us to develp !

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