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                            SUZANNE (Leonard Cohen)
                Transcription: Jeffrey Weiss (jw@McKinsey.Com)


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1. Su- zanne takes you  down to her      place by the     river.  You can
2. And Jesus was a      sailor when He   walked upon the  water.  And He
3. Su- zanne takes your hand, and she    leads you to the river.  She is

|Dm                |                  |                  |                  |
 hear the boats go  by, you can        spend the night be-side her.  And you
 spent a long time  watching from his  lonely wooden      tower.     And
 wearing rags and   feathers from Sal- vation Army        counters.  And the

|C                 |                  |                  |                  |
 know that she's half crazy but that's why you want to    be there.  And she
 when He knew for   certain only       drowning men could see Him.   He said,
 sun pours down like honey on our      lady of the        harbor.    And she

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 feeds you tea and  oranges that come  all the way from   China.       And ju-
"All men will be    sailors then un-   til the sea shall  free them."  But
 shows you where to look among the     garbage and the    flowers.   There are

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-st when you mean to tell her that you have no love to    give her.  Then she
 He, Himself, was   broken long be-    fore the sky would open.      For-
 heroes in the      seaweed, there are children in the    morning.   They are

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 gets you on her    wavelength and she lets the river     answer that you've
-saken, almost      human, He          sank beneath your  wisdom like a
 leaning out for    love and they will lean that way for- ever   while

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 always been her    lover.                                          And you
 stone.
 Suzanne holds the  mirror.


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  want to travel     with her, and you  want to travel     blind, and you

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  know that she will     trust you, for you've  touched her perfect

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  body with your         mind.


From: Harlan L Thompson 

SUZANNE- Leonard Cohen

   E               * +                      * +
Suzanne takes you down to her place by the river
         F#m            * +                              *   +
You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night beside her
          E                    * +                            *    +
And you know that she's half crazy but that's why you want to be there
         G#m                *  +             A                * +
And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China
      E                                      F#m
And just when you mean to tell her that you have no love to give her
          E
Then she gets you on her wavelength
         F#m                                 E
And she lets the river answer that you've always been her lover

         G#m
And you want to travel with her
         A
And you want to travel blind
          E
And you know that she will trust you
             F#m                               E
For you've touched her perfect body with your mind 

And Jesus was a sailor when He walked upon the water 
And He spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower
And when He knew for certain only drowning men could see Him 
He said, "All men will be sailors then until the sea shall free them"
But He Himself was broken long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human, He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone 

And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you'll trust him
For he's touched your perfect body with his mind 

Suzanne takes your hand, and she leads you to the river   
She is wearing rags and feathers from Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey on our lady of the harbor 
And she shows you where to look among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed, there are children in the morning    
They are leaning out for love and they will lean that way forever   
while Suzanne holds the mirror 

And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you will trust her
For she's touched your perfect body with her mind



NOTE: To play this song better, you should switch to the sustained 
position of each chord for just one note at a time.  These occasions are 
marked off in the first four lines.  From there on it should be evident 
enough. Here are the sustained chords you should use:
Esus: 0 2 2 2 0 0  F#msus: 2 4 4 4 2 2  G#msus: 4 6 6 6 4 4
Asus: 5 7 7 7 0 0
(from Songs of Leonard Cohen, 1967)
(sent by Harlan at harlant@hawaii.edu)