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20 October 2010 @ 02:36 pm
Playing Our Song: Forget Your Perfect Offering  
I was reminded today of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which finds beauty in transience and impermanence.

Some things are more precious for their impermanence; some things are more perfect for their imperfections.







Anthem
Leonard Cohen
from the 1992 album
The Future


The birds they sang
at the break of day
"Start again,"
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.

Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government --
signs for all to see.

I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
a thundercloud
and they're going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring ...

You can add up the parts
but you won't have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.


 
 
 
Paka: pied crowpaka on October 21st, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
Whereas the refrain There is a crack, a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in sent me off to listen to Kate Bush's "The Dreaming" because of the similar line See the light ram through the cracks in the land! Not quite sure that's an appropriate segue?
Paka: pied crowpaka on October 21st, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Also, thanks for the mention of wabi-sabi. I think you mentioning it meant that, when I found something that could remind me of Japan, it did, and I found some really cool stuff browsing as a result.
KehzaFox: pleasedkfops on October 21st, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
That's such a good Leonard Cohen album!