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Waiting For The Miracle Analysis



Author: poem of Leonard Cohen Type: poem Views: 25

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(co-written by Sharon Robinson)


Baby, I've been waiting,

I've been waiting night and day.

I didn't see the time,

I waited half my life away.

There were lots of invitations

and I know you sent me some,

but I was waiting

for the miracle, for the miracle to come.


I know you really loved me.

but, you see, my hands were tied.

I know it must have hurt you,

it must have hurt your pride

to have to stand beneath my window

with your bugle and your drum,

and me I'm up there waiting

for the miracle, for the miracle to come.


Ah I don't believe you'd like it,

You wouldn't like it here.

There ain't no entertainment

and the judgements are severe.

The Maestro says it's Mozart

but it sounds like bubble gum

when you're waiting

for the miracle, for the miracle to come.


Waiting for the miracle

There's nothing left to do.

I haven't been this happy

since the end of World War II.


Nothing left to do

when you know that you've been taken.

Nothing left to do

when you're begging for a crumb

Nothing left to do

when you've got to go on waiting

waiting for the miracle to come.


I dreamed about you, baby.

It was just the other night.

Most of you was naked

Ah but some of you was light.

The sands of time were falling

from your fingers and your thumb,

and you were waiting

for the miracle, for the miracle to come


Ah baby, let's get married,

we've been alone too long.

Let's be alone together.

Let's see if we're that strong.

Yeah let's do something crazy,

something absolutely wrong

while we're waiting

for the miracle, for the miracle to come.


Nothing left to do ...


When you've fallen on the highway

and you're lying in the rain,

and they ask you how you're doing

of course you'll say you can't complain --

If you're squeezed for information,

that's when you've got to play it dumb:

You just say you're out there waiting

for the miracle, for the miracle to come.

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The obvious analysis takes me to the idea of wasting your life while waiting for something better, looking for a perfect love while missing all the opportunities around, specially the one that comes from a particular woman who, in fact, is also waiting patiently for her own miracle to come to be loved by him.
A deeper analysis could make you see the suffering life of a perfectionist talking to his very own real life which he is unhappy with. Furthermore, you can find any kind of similar metaphore and this is what makes the song one of Cohen\'s greatest. Perhaps he is unsuccessfully ambitioning to change a world he dislikes.
In the end, no matter which interpretation you prefer, there is a kind of surrender, maybe because of his death about to come or maybe because hi is getting tired of fighting while the miracle never comes and he decides to do \"something crazy\", embracing what he\'s been denying his whole life, but without a true acceptance, being \"alone together\".

| Posted on 2011-06-06 | by a guest


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I think it\'s about death. I think he\'s dead, and \"the miracle\" is when she\'ll finally die and can be with him.

| Posted on 2010-08-27 | by a guest




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