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Dance Me To The End Of Love


 

Danse-moi vers la fin de l'amour...

 

 

"Dance Me to the End of Love" is a 1984 song by Leonard Cohen.

It was first performed by Cohen on his 1984 album Various Positions. It has since been recorded by various artists, and has been described as "trembling on the brink of becoming a standard". Be sure to see the video following these lyrics, a short film by Arron Goffman in it’s complete version, and starring Quentin Tarantino and Sylvia Binsfeld.

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 love
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

Although structured as a beautiful love song, it was in fact inspired by the Holocaust. In an interview, Leonard Cohen said of the song:

'Dance Me to the End Of Love' ... it's curious how songs begin because the origin of the song, every song, has a kind of grain or seed that somebody hands you or the world hands you and that's why the process is so mysterious about writing a song. But that came from just hearing or reading or knowing that in the death camps, beside the crematoria, in certain of the death camps, a string quartet was pressed into performance while this horror was going on, those were the people whose fate was this horror also. And they would be playing classical music while their fellow prisoners were being killed and burnt. So, that music, "Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin," meaning the beauty there of being the consummation of life, the end of this existence and of the passionate element in that consummation. But, it is the same language that we use for surrender to the beloved, so that the song — it's not important that anybody knows the genesis of it, because if the language comes from that passionate resource, it will be able to embrace all passionate activity.

  

Dance Me to the End Of Love

A short film by Arron Goffman

You may have to see this on YouTube

Starring:

  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Sylvia Binsfeld
  • Nick Rafter
  • Laura Bradley
  • Marc Anthony Reynolds

Music by Leonard Cohen

Director:

  • Aaron Goffman

Cinematographer:

  • Rand Vossler

 

Danse-moi vers la fin de l'amour   

Danse-moi à ta beauté avec un violon en flammes,
Danse-moi dans la panique jusqu'au repos de mon âme,
Lève-moi comme un olivier, sois ma colombe de retour,
Danse-moi vers la fin de l'amour,
Danse-moi vers la fin de l'amour.

Laisse-moi voir ta beauté quand les témoins sont partis,
Laisse-moi te sentir bouger comme un Babylone jadis,
Révèle-ce dont je vois les limites et le doute,
Danse-moi vers la fin de l'amour,
Danse-moi vers la fin de l'amour.

Danse-moi à la noce, oh danse-moi tout le temps,
Danse-moi tellement tendrement, danse-moi très longtemps,
Tous les deux, nous sommes en dessous, au dessus de notre amour,
Danse-moi vers la fin de l'amour,
Danse-moi vers la fin de l'amour.

Danse-moi vers les enfants demandant à naître en paix,
A travers les rideaux que nos baisers ont usés,
Lève une tente pour s'abriter, les fils déchirés toujours,
Danse-moi vers la fin de l'amour,
Danse-moi vers la fin de l'amour.

Danse-moi à ta beauté avec un violon en flammes,
Danse-moi dans la panique jusqu'au repos de mon âme,
Touche-moi avec ta main nue, ou gantée de velours,
Danse-moi vers la fin de l'amour,
Danse-moi vers la fin de l'amour.

Danse-moi vers la fin de l'amour.

 

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