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Leonard Cohen
"Nightingale" lyrics

Nightingale

I built my house
Beside the wood
So I could hear you singing
And it was sweet
And it was good
And love was all beginning

Fare thee well
My nightingale
It was long ago
I found you
Now all your songs
Of beauty fail
The forest closes
Around you

The sun goes down
Behind a veil
It is now
That you would call me
So rest in peace
My nightingale
Beneath your branch
Of holly

Fare thee well
My nightingale
It was long ago
I found you
Now all your songs
Of beauty fail
The forest closes
Around you

Fare thee well
My nightingale
I lived but to be near you
Though you are singing
Somewhere still
I can no longer hear you