1. 6 Suzanne

From the recording The Goddess

Again I have fixed upon a feminine figure with a mystery to her. This song was written by Leonard Cohen about an actual platonic relationship he had with a woman near Montreal in the early sixties, whose name actually was Suzanne.
Leonard Cohen once described ‘Suzanne’ as the best song of his career.
It is the haunting, true story of a loving woman who gave more than she got back, hence the parallels drawn with Jesus in the second verse.


Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river now you will be travelling with her
you can hear the boats go by yes you will be travelling blind
you can spend the night beside her but you now know that you love her
and you know that she's half crazy for you’ve touched her perfect body
but that's why you want to be there with your mind…
and she feeds you tea and oranges
that come all the way from China Leonard Cohen
and just when you mean 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
and you want to travel blind
and you know that she will trust you
for you've touched her perfect body
with your mind

and Jesus was a sailor
when he walked upon the water
and he spent a long time watching
from his lonely wooden tower
and when he knew for certain
only drowning men could see him
he said ‘All men will 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
and you want to travel blind
and you think maybe you'll trust him
for he's touched your perfect body
with his mind

now Suzanne takes your hand
she’s the Goddess by the ocean
she is wearing rags and feathers
from Salvation Army counters
and the sun pours down like honey
on our lady of the harbour
and she shows you where to look
among 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
and you want to travel blind
and you know that you can trust her
for she's touched your perfect body
with her mind