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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom...

First we take Manhattan
by Leonard Cohen

(Note: this is the best version of this song, by Jennifer Warnes)

They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

I'm guided by a signal in the heavens
I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin
I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

I'd really like to live beside you, baby
I love your body and your spirit and your clothes
But you see that line there moving through the station?
I told you, I told you, told you, I was one of those

Ah you loved me as a loser, but now you're worried that I just might win
You know the way to stop me, but you don't have the discipline
How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

I don't like your fashion business mister
And I don't like these drugs that keep you thin
I don't like what happened to my sister
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

And I thank you for those items that you sent me
The monkey and the plywood violin
I practiced every night, now I'm ready
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

Ah remember me, I used to live for music
Remember me, I brought your groceries in
Well it's Father's Day and everybody's wounded
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

The photo is of Liverpool Street Station.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 10

Comments on "They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom..."


Blogger San Francisco Daily Photo said ... (00:44) : 

Good old Leonard! An interesting photo, and an interesting collection of links within the lyrics, this is going to keep me busy for a while!



Blogger mea said ... (04:19) : 

This is a killer photo. I'm trying to learn how to do color accents, but I only have Photo Shop Elements not the full Photo Shop and can't get it to work so far. Inspiration to keep trying!


Blogger Lisi said ... (04:27) : 

Impressive and artistic!


Blogger Jean Gibson said ... (07:07) : 

Love this photograph. Also the lyrics.


Blogger Mathieu said ... (09:41) : 



Blogger Eric said ... (16:06) : 

Cool Photo, love it Ham. You did not use Picasa to do that did you??


Blogger Ham said ... (17:47) : 

Thanks, all. For people that may be interested, I used Corel PhotoPaint (v.similar to Photoshop), and used 3 layers. The background is the desaturated, unretouchced full frame photo. Next is a mask of the figure, full colour, then a mask of the coat. That top layer has a graduated-to-transparent, additive blue fill. I feathered all round and burnt the edge to expose the highlght on the left, and that's it.


Blogger taigathefox said ... (18:35) : 

Your photo is like a painting; very impressive. I've been reading your blog for a while and like what I see, very much. Thank you!


Anonymous michael said ... (01:57) : 

Love it


Blogger lynn said ... (20:05) : 

Lots of work in this post! Then again, they say a picture paints a thousand words, and this one did!


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