Chanter sur les Balcons de Montreal – #2 Tuesday March 31 with Martha Wainwright and Clerel !

So Long, Marianne de Balcon Montreal

Let’s sing together! This Tuesday, March 31, at 7 pm EST on our balconies with  Martha Wainwright & Clerel*!
*We comply with the sanitary protocol in the event

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in” – Leonard Cohen

We as Montrealers are proud of our ability to work together through difficult times. We did it during the ice storm and we are ready to do it again. So while there are dark clouds ahead, let us gather together and conjure the spirit, endurance, and wit of our favorite son – Leonard Cohen.

This Tuesday March 31st at 7pm EST, let us gather together again (in our safe distances), on our porches, from our windows to summon our voices in prayer and hope in a rousing collective singalong.

Once again, Martha Wainwright will sing ‘So Long Marianne’ by Leonard Cohen (key of A) and ‘Le coeur est un oiseau’ by Richard Desjardins (key of D). Followed by special guest Clerel who will sing ‘Nothing Can Change This Love’ by Sam Cooke as well as ‘Et Si Tu N’existais Pas’ by Joe Dassin. Martha will close the evening with one of her original songs.

We will be streaming the voice of our virtual choirmasters Martha Wainwright and Clerel to lead the way, but please all join in with your many voices! The live stream link will be posted at 6:55 PM EST in the “Discussion” section of this page and can also be found on URSA mtl’s page.

Facebook event here!!

So Long Marianne by Leonard Cohen 
Lyrics:

Come over to the window, my little darling
I’d like to try to read your palm
I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy
Before I let you take me home

Now so long, Marianne
It’s time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

Well, you know that I love to live with you
But you make me forget so very much
I forget to pray for the angels
And then the angels forget to pray for us

Now so long, Marianne
It’s time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

We met when we were almost young
Deep in the green lilac park
You held on to me like I was a crucifix
As we went kneeling through the dark

Oh, so long, Marianne
It’s time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

Your letters, they all say that you’re beside me now
Then why do I feel alone?
I’m standing on a ledge and your fine spider web
Is fastening my ankle to a stone

Now so long, Marianne
It’s time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

For now I need your hidden love
I’m cold as a new razorblade
You left when I told you I was curious
I never said that I was brave

Oh, so long, Marianne
It’s time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again

Oh, you are really such a pretty one
I see you’ve gone and changed your name again
And just when I climbed this whole mountainside
To wash my eyelids in the rain

Oh, so long, Marianne
It’s time that we began to laugh
And cry and cry and laugh about it all again
––
Le cœur est un oiseau by Richard Desjardins
Lyrics:

Par-delà les frontières
Les prairies et la mer
Dans les grandes noirceurs
Sous le feu des chasseurs
Dans les mains de la mort
Il s’envole encore
Plus haut plus haut
Le cœur est un oiseau

Dans les yeux des miradors
Dans les rues de nulle part
Au milieu des déserts
De froid de faim et de fer
Contre la tyrannie
Il refait son nid
Plus chaud plus chaud
Le cœur est un oiseau

Ce n’était qu’un orage
Ce n’était qu’une cage
Tu reprendras ta course
Tu iras à la source
Tu boiras tout le ciel
Ouvre tes ailes
Liberté, liberté
Liberté

––
Nothing can’t change this love by Sam Cooke
Lyrics:

If I go a million miles away
I’d write a letter each and every day
‘Cause honey, nothin’,
Nothin’ can ever change this love
I have for you

Ooh, make me weep
You can make me cry
See me comin’
And you can pass me by
But honey, nothin’,
Nothin’ can ever change this love
I have for you

Oh, you’re the apple of my eye
You’re cherrie pie
And oh, you’re, you’re cake and ice cream
Oh, you’re sugar and spice
And everything nice
You’re the girl of my, my, my, my dreams

If you wanted to leave me
And roam
When you get back
I’d just say
Welcome home,
‘Cause honey, nothin’
Nothin’, nothin’ can ever change this
Love I have for you

Oh
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know that nothin’
Nothin’, nothin’, can ever change the love I have for you

––
Et si tu n’existais pas by Joe Dassin
Lyrics:

Et si tu n’existais pas
Dis-moi pourquoi j’existerais?
Pour traîner dans un monde sans toi
Sans espoir et sans regrets

Et si tu n’existais pas
J’essaierais d’inventer l’amour
Comme un peintre qui voit sous ses doigts
Naître les couleurs du jour
Et qui n’en revient pas

Et si tu n’existais pas
Dis-moi pour qui j’existerais?
Des passantes endormies dans mes bras
Que je n’aimerai jamais

Et si tu n’existais pas
Je ne serais qu’un point de plus
Dans ce monde qui vient et qui va
Je me sentirais perdu
J’aurais besoin de toi

Et si tu n’existais pas
Dis-moi comment j’existerais?
Je pourrais faire semblant d’être moi
Mais je ne serais pas vrai

Et si tu n’existais pas
Je crois que je l’aurais trouvé
Le secret de la vie, le pourquoi
Simplement pour te créer
Et pour te regarder

Et si tu n’existais pas
Dis-moi pourquoi j’existerais?
Pour traîner dans un monde sans toi
Sans espoir et sans regrets

Et si tu n’existais pas
J’essaierais d’inventer l’amour
Comme un peintre qui voit sous ses doigts
Naître les couleurs du jour

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