Billy Sunday - The Blues By The Jews
1979 Brighton Dec. 15
(1979 Birmingham, Dec. 8 ; Brighton Dec. 15 (soundcheck); Melbourne 1980 Mar. 8)

{ crowd requests } What was that?
{ greensleeves } Greensleeves? ..

Well I haven't sung that..
I haven't sung that for about 300 years.
I used to sing that when I was a troubadour in the south of France
, I was, ...- my name was Artaud.
I used to walk on those dusty roads singing greensleeves.
I haven't sung that ... for long ...

Please, also, don't ask me for "Don't Pass Me By",
because I only ever did that once.

But listen, there is this,
{audience requests, and "be quiet" }
there's a curious song, there's a curious song,
but i have to consult my manuscripsts...
..here they are.

This is a curious song that I wrote it, go, .. 3 or 4, -
... - no it must be about a thousand years ago.
But I haven't learned the words yet.
I wrote it on the road.
Its kind of irreverent.
But you're not very religious in this part of the country anyways, so,
- I doubt if it will offend anybody.

Anyways you could, -
- this is, -

"The Blues By The Jews."

Here it is : ---

The Blues By The Jews - LC

My name is Billy Sunday.
I speak in the name of G-d.
They call me Billy Sunday.
I speak in the name of G-d.
And G-d is always angry, -
Just in case you think he's not.

He's angry at your body
For reasons that are his.
He doesn't like your body
Acording to reasons that are only his.
I'd like you to know he's very, very, angry, -
But that's just the way he is.

He's angry at the spirit
That has turned away from him.
He is angry at the spirit
That has turned away from him.
If he ever get his his hands on it
He's gonna tear it limb from limb.

They call me Billy Sunday.
And I speak in the name of G-d.
They call me Billy Sunday.
I speak in the name of G-d.
And G-d is always angry,
Just in case you think he's not.

He's angry at the universe.
It drives him up the wall.
I can say for a fact he's not pleased with his universe.
It drives him up the wall.
He's sorry that he ever thought of you and me -
At all.

He's angry when you're dying.
And he's angry when you're dead.
(and you're always one or the other)
He's angry when you're dying.
He's angry when you're dead.
And he's furious at me
For everything i've ever said.

If you're feel his anger some night,
Let's say in a motel room at 3a.m,
If you feel his hostile anger in your hotel room,
Let's say it's 3 a.m,
It turns out that he's still very angry
That you took so long to be afraid of him.

They call me Billy Sunday.
I speak in the name of G-d.
They call me Billy Sunday.
And I speak in the name of G-d.
I've come here to tell you that G-d is always angry,
Just in case you think he's not.

{ fade-out, applause, fade-in, laughter }

If you fall asleep some night -
Which everybody does,
If you have the nerve to go to sleep one tired night,
Which most everybody does,
And you happen to have some silly dream,
To Him it's very serious.

And if some lonely night you ask yourself -
Where all the pretty girls have gone,
Some night you're gonna ask yourself
Where, where, where, where have all those pretty girls gone?
Then he blows away the little scraps of papper
That they write their names and numbers on.

Then you find that you get down on your knees
And you want to renounce
for all time
a woman's
sweet caress.

You have some vocation that
Makes you kneel down and renounce for eternity a
woman's
sweet caress.

Then he causes you to touch yourself
As soon as you undress.

They call me Billy Sunday,
I speak in the name of G-d.
Ah they call me Billy Sunday.
An I speak in the name of G-d.
And G-d is always angry
Just in case you think he's not.

 

Silent Night
Joseph Mohr - 1816
1979 Birmingham, Dec. 8 (rehearsal); Brighton Dec. 15, soundboard (duet with Jennifer Warnes)

Silent Night! Holy Night!
All is calm, all is bright,
'Round yon virgin, mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! holy night!
Son of God! Love's pure light!
Radient beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth!
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

 

Another Saturday Night
Sam Cooke
1980 Melbourne, Mar. 8

la na na na, ... i'm stuck {?} { laughter } - how does that go?

Saturday night,
and I ain't got nobody,
I got some money
'Cause I just got paid.
How I wish I had someone to talk to,
I'm in an awful way.

Saturday Night
I ain't got nobody,
I have some money
'Cause I just got paid.
How I wish I had someone to talk to,
I'm in an awful way.

That's what we do in the dressing room.

 

To Love Somebody
by Barry and Robin Gibb 1967 (The Bee Gees)
1979 tour Europe Nov. 1980 Frankfurt, Nov. 7

There's a light, very special light, never ever shown-on me.
I would like my whole life to be
With someone like you
With someone like you
With someone - Like ...

You don't know what it's like
You don't know what it's like
To love somebody, to love somebody
The way I Love You
There's a way, very special way
To look at each and every single thing

Ah but what good would that bring?
If I ain't got you?
If I ain't got you?
If I ain't - Got you

You don't know what it's like
I don't think you really really know
What it's like
To love somebody - Ah, to love somebody
The way that I love you
The way I love you.

There's a light, very special kind of light, that never ever shone-on me
I'd like my whole life to be
With someone like you
With someone like you
Baby someone like .....

Baby you don't know
You don't know what it's like
Ah, you don't know
You just don't know what it's like
To love somebody - Ah, to love somebody
The way that, that I ...

You don't know - I think you know:
I don't think you know what it's like
Ta love somebody - Ta love somebody
The way that I love you.

 

Tennessee Waltz
by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King, 1946. Additional verse: Leonard Cohen*
1985 tour: London, Feb. 25; Hannover, Mar. 13; Warsaw, Mar. 22; Philadelphia, May. 1; Wien, Jul. 6;
1985 Montreux, Jul. 9 -> bonus track on Dear Heather (2004)

I was dancing with my darlin' to the Tennessee Waltz
When an old friend I happened to see
I introduced him to my darling and while they were dancing
My friend stole my sweetheart from me.

I'll remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
'Cause I know just how much I have lost
Yes, I lost my little darlin' the night they were playing
That beautiful Tennessee Waltz.

I'll remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
'Cause I know just how much I have lost
Yes, I lost my little darlin' the night they were playing
That beautiful Tennessee Waltz.

* She comes dancing throught the darkness to the Tennessee Waltz
And I feel like I'm fallin' apart
And it's stronger than drink and it's deeper than sorrow
As long as she's left in my heart. *

I'll remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
'Cause I know just how much I have lost
Yes, I lost my little darlin' the night they were playing
That beautiful Tennessee Waltz.

That beautiful Tennessee Waltz.

 

Can't Help Falling In Love With You
from the 1962 film "Blue Hawaii" Words and Music by George Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore
1988 Oslo May.7

Wise men say:
"Only fools rush in."
But I can't help
Falling in love with you.

Shall I stay?
Would it be a sin?
If I can't help
Falling in love with you?

Like a river flows,
Surely to the sea,
Babe that's how it goes,
Somethings are meant to be.

Take my hand,
Take my whole life too.
'Cause I can't help
Falling in love with you.

Like a river flows,
Surely to the sea,
Darling, that's how it goes,
Somethings are meant to be.

Just take my hand,
Take my whole life too,
For I can't help
Falling in love with you.

For I can't help
Falling in love with you.

 

Whither Thou Goest
From The Book Of Ruth
1988 Nürnberg, May, 10 (probably the transcripted)
1988 Royal Albert Hall, May. 30; Reykjavik, Jun. 24; Bergen, Jun. 28; Vancouver Oct. 26; Montréal, Nov. 13 1993 Berlin, May. 25
2007 Warsaw Anjani and Leonard Cohen
2008 Copenhagen, Jul. 5; London, Jul. 17 (Live In London)
2009 Texas, Apr. 3; Phoenix, Apr. 5; Oakland, Apr. 13 - closing the 2008 and 2009 concerts -

I want to thank you .. ah, - for tonight, - for this real warmth that you've shown us.
We've been on the road for awhile now and your hospitality means a great deal to us.
And I want to thank you myself, not just for tonight, but for all the years that you've shown an interest in my songs.
I really appreciate it.
We're leaving Germany tomorrow morning, and we won't be back for awhile but this night will stay in our hearts.
We thank you for it.

Wither Thou goest - I will go.
Wither Thou lodgest - I will lodge.
Thy people shall be - My people - own.
Wither Thou goest - I will go.

I hope I - ah - don't offend any atheists If I bestow upon you the ancient priestly benediction, which binds the generations, one to another:
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord shine his radiance upon you.
May the Lord turn His face toward you. Ingress - grant you.
The blessings of Peace, peace, my friends.

Vull donar-vos les gràcies .. ah, - per aquesta nit, - per aquesta veritable calidesa que ens heu mostrat.
Hem estat a la carretera durant un temps i ara la seva hospitalitat significa molt per a nosaltres.
I vull donar-vos les gràcies per mi mateix, no només per aquesta nit, sinó per tots els anys que heu mostrat interès per les meves cançons.
Realment ho aprecio.
Ens anirem d'Alemanya demà al matí, i no tornarem per una temps però aquesta nit quedarà en els nostres cors.
Us donem les gràcies per això.

Allà on Vós aneu - Aniré
Allà on us allotgeu - m'allotjaré
El vostre poble serà - el meu poble
Allà on Vós aneu - Aniré

Espero - ah - no ofendre a cap ateu si us imparteixo l'antiga benedicció sacerdotal, que s'uneix les generacions, les unes a les altres:
Que el Senyor us beneeixi i us guardi. Que la llum del Senyor us il·lumini.
Que el Senyor us mostri el Seu rostre. Us penetri - us concedeixi.
Les benediccions de la Pau, pau, amics meus.

 

Tower Of Song
1989 Feb. 13, Sunday Night Live, introduction by Jools Holland with David Sanborn

announcer > I think it was Disraeli who said that the poet is the painter of the soul. I don't think he was wrong. Thus - please welcome our next guest; - poet, - and ballad monger: Mr Leonard Cohen:

Tower Of Song

 

Who by fire
1989 Feb. 13, Sunday Night Live with Sonny Rollins and Was Not Was

And who by fire, who by water,
Who in the sunshine, who in the night time,
Who by high ordeal, who by common trial,
Who in your merry merry month of May,
Who by very slow decay,
And who Who shall I say is calling? { - TELL ME - }

Who in her lonely slip, who by barbiturate,
Who in these realms of love, Who by something blown,
Who by avalanche, who by powder,
Who for his greed, who for his hunger,
And who, who shall I say is calling? { - I WANT TO KNOW - oh yeah yeah yeah ... }

Who by brave assent, who by accident,
Who in solitude, who in this mirror,
Who by his lady's command, who by his own hand
, Who in mortal chains, who in power,
And whom, who shall I say is calling? { - MAY AS COME ME {?} - yeah yeah, yeah .... }

Who by fire, who by water?
Who in the sunshine, who in the night time,
Who by high ordeal, who by common trial,
Who in your merry merry month of May, who by very slow decay,
And who Who shall I say is calling? { - TELL ME - TELL ME - TELL ME - eah ... }