Le Partisan: “Freedom Soon Will Come”



“…then we’ll come from the shadows”*

Lyrics
Leonard Cohen – The Partisan
[Le Partisan]
When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender,
This I could not do;
I took my gun and vanished.
I have changed my name so often,
I’ve lost my wife and children
But I have many friends,
And some of them are with me.
An old woman gave us shelter,
Kept us hidden in the garret,
Then the soldiers came;
She died without a whisper.
There were three of us this morning
I’m the only one this evening
But I must go on;
The frontiers are my prison.
Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
Through the graves the wind is blowing,
Freedom soon will come;
Then we’ll come from the shadows.
Les allemands e’taient chez moi,
Ils me dirent, “résigne toi,”
Mais je n’ai pas peur;
J’ai repris mon âme.
[the Germans were at my home
They said, “sign yourself,”
But I am not afraid
I have retaken my soul.]
J’ai change’ cent fois de nom,
J’ai perdu femme et enfants
Mais j’ai tant d’amis;
J’ai la France entie`re.
[I’ve changed names a hundred times
I have lost wife and children
But I have so many friends
I have all of France]
Un vieille femmme dans un grenier
Pour la nuit nous a cache’,
Les allemands l’ont pris;
Elle est mort sans surprise.
[an old woman, in an attic
Hid us for the night
The Germans captured her.
She died without surprise.]
Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
Through the graves the wind is blowing,
Freedom soon will come;
Then we’ll come from the shadows.*

Songwriters: ANNA MARLY, HY ZARET
© Universal Music Publishing Group
For non-commercial use only.
Data from: LyricFind

*I abandoned this blog, which once had a Google rating of 4, a little while after B.O. was elected. There were occasional posts, when it seemed safe. It was ever-more clear with each brazen attack on liberty that my inclination to write opinions had to be squelched. In concert with millions of bloggers, I’m now thinking, “Freedom soon will come; then we’ll come from the shadows.”~~M-Jeanne de M.

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