Dance me to the End of Love


Dance me to the End of Love
My favorite love song is Leonard Cohen’s “Dance me to the End of Love” which you can listen to here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pA5UhNaYw0
In this song Cohen poetically describes love in the most extreme places. I recall reading that Cohen ( a Jew who often visits themes relating to the holocoust) was intent on capturing love in concentration camps. The lyrics “burning violins”and “the panic” are referring to two lovers who were told to dance before being burned alive.
Cohen once claimed that love could be a form of resistance against oppression, a feature of the human spirit that refuses to let itself be dominated or controlled by others. In these lyrics the lovers love for each other can be seen as transcending both inhuman conditions that were imposed on them, and the physical limitations of the body.It is a beautiful and moving song, and that is why it is my favorite love song:

“Dance Me To The End Of Love”

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love
Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of loveDance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We’re both of us beneath our love, we’re both of us above
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

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