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Story Of Isaac Analysis



Author: poem of Leonard Cohen Type: poem Views: 24

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The door it opened slowly,

my father he came in,

I was nine years old.

And he stood so tall above me,

his blue eyes they were shining

and his voice was very cold.

He said, "I've had a vision

and you know I'm strong and holy,

I must do what I've been told."

So he started up the mountain,

I was running, he was walking,

and his axe was made of gold.


Well, the trees they got much smaller,

the lake a lady's mirror,

we stopped to drink some wine.

Then he threw the bottle over.

Broke a minute later

and he put his hand on mine.

Thought I saw an eagle

but it might have been a vulture,

I never could decide.

Then my father built an altar,

he looked once behind his shoulder,

he knew I would not hide.


You who build these altars now

to sacrifice these children,

you must not do it anymore.

A scheme is not a vision

and you never have been tempted

by a demon or a god.

You who stand above them now,

your hatchets blunt and bloody,

you were not there before,

when I lay upon a mountain

and my father's hand was trembling

with the beauty of the word.


And if you call me brother now,

forgive me if I inquire,

"Just according to whose plan?"

When it all comes down to dust

I will kill you if I must,

I will help you if I can.

When it all comes down to dust

I will help you if I must,

I will kill you if I can.

And mercy on our uniform,

man of peace or man of war,

the peacock spreads his fan.

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it is about Isaac and his father, Abraham (Bible).
kinda obvious.

| Posted on 2010-05-25 | by a guest


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it has something to do with the vietnam war, not unlike dylan's song "masters of war." or it may be referring to abortion possibly. cohen criticizes the "scheme"-like nature of abortion in his later song "the future." the most simple explanation is that it is cohen pulling from his jewish heritage to give a vivid portrayal of misguided intentions from the perspective of those that are hurt by them. a beautiful song.

| Posted on 2010-02-18 | by a guest




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