Suzanne

Music and lyrics by
Leonard Cohen

Suzanne takes you down
to her place by the river.
You can hear the boats go by.
You can spend the night forever
And you know that she's half crazy
But that's why you want to be there.

And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China.
And just when you want to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you've always been her lover.


And you want to travel with her.
You wanna travel blind
And you think maybe you’ll trust her
'cause she’s touched her perfect body
with her mind.


Now Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water.
He spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower.
And just when he knew for certain
That only drowning men could see him
He said, "All men shall be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them."
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open.
Forsaken, almost human.
He sank beneath your wisdom
like a stone.


And you want to travel with him.
You want to travel blind
And you think maybe you'll trust him
'cause he's touched your perfect body
with his mind.


Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river.
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters.
And the sun pours down like honey
On Our Lady of the Harbor.
And she shows you where to look
Amid the garbage and the flowers.
There are heroes in the seaweed.
There are children in the morning.
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror.


And you want to travel with her.
You want to travel blind
And you think maybe you’ll trust her
'cause she's touched your perfect body
with her mind.



Suzanne is a song written by Canadian poet and musician Leonard Cohen.

Cohen describes an intensely romantic but platonic infatuation with dancer, Suzanne Verdal. The poetic description of the power of the mind as a tool of seduction is sensuous and mystical. The feelings in the song tell of an aloneness, of unrequited love and a fear of rejection and death.

To seek to be loved and to give love is to be human. Resilience to recover from disappointment, loss, rejection requires practiced learning to dare to love, to live again, to thrive.

Read more about "Suzanne" and resilence.