Leonard Cohen: Alexandra Leaving Meaning
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Alexandra Leaving Lyrics
The god of love preparing to depart.
Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder,
They slip between the sentries of the heart.
Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure,
They gain the light, they formlessly...
anonymous May 11th, 5:59am report
Cavafy's poem was about Alexandria, the city. Antony and Cleopatra had been in love and in power for a good many years, but Octavia, adopted son of Julius Caesar, was looking to consolidate his power. (He murdered Cleopara's son by Julius Caesar and rightful heir to the title of emperor). The next morning Antony and Cleopatrad would commit suicide. Some serious leaving.
Cohen used the poem to create this exquisite love song,
anonymous Apr 6th, 2019 4:35pm report
For me this is an incredibly profound text, with so many allusions which most above have not understood. The art of allusions is in full explosion here.
It´s not about dead, she is not coming back, she doesn´t know yet that she will be leaving, that he doesn´t love her anymore. The sad song is about love that faded away (the God of love has departed), that he realise now that there is no love anymore (the night has grown colder). He has been prepared to come to this conclusion for a while, but the relationship lingers on due to the simplicity of pleasure. Yes, she sleeps on your satin and give you a kiss with exiquisite music and laughting. But the truth is that love slip between the sentries of the heart, the morning will exhaust, and Alexandra will be leaving. Say goodbye to the lost love, the lost dreams, let the truth come through. Indeed, very sad, but the god of love has departed, and hence Alexandra is leaving.
anonymous Feb 7th, 2019 2:29am report
anonymous Aug 24th, 2018 8:18pm report
Way too deep for me, butfor one part................'say goodbye to alexandra leaving' = say goodbye to the woman, in person AND to the act of her departure
then: 'Say goodbye to alexandra lost' = get over it! SAy goodbye to the reality of her no longer being part of your life, say goodbye to those feelings of abandonment and betrayal
anonymous May 5th, 2018 5:54am report
It is a repurposing of the poem "The God Abandons Antony" to talk about his daughter leaving his house with her lover. "Your first commitment, tangible again"; "in full command of every plan you wrecked", "hiding behind cause and effect"; "even though she sleeps upon your satin" (daughter coming home for a visit), etc.
anonymous Dec 12th, 2017 12:07pm report
Theo honour of knowing and loved someone that no lingerie loved you back,it's a fantastic regret love song
anonymous May 14th, 2017 5:51pm report
It is about about a woman brought back by Christ. The lyrics "Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving. Say goodbye to Alexandra lost." Mean Alexandra was gone and now she's back.
anonymous Aug 11th, 2015 8:45pm report
For me it means a beloved partner has died and gone to live with their lord. Must accept and not pretend they are not really gone, may grieve but has to accept reality, but in a gentle interpretation.
anonymous Dec 22nd, 2012 12:18pm report
A person who has died and is being taken to heaven by one of God's angels.
anonymous Jun 5th, 2011 6:08am report
'Alexandra Leaving' is an interpretation of the poem The God Abandons Antony by Greek poet Constantine P. Cavafy;
Cohen freely adapted the poem for his song "Alexandra Leaving" (Ten New Songs, 2001 Whereas Cavafy's theme was based around the city of Alexandria, Cohen's version builds around a woman named Alexandra.
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