Chelsea Hotel #2

from by Katie Wood

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Leonard Cohen cover


I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel.
You were talking so brave and so sweet.
Giving me head on the unmade bed
while the limousines wait in the street.

Those were the reasons
that was New York
we were running for the money and the flesh
and that was called love to the workers in song;
probably still is, to those of them left.

But you got away,
didn't you babe?
You just turned your back on the crowd.
You got away
I never once heard you say,
"I need you." I don't need you.
I need you. "I don't need you."
And all of that driving around.

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel.
You were famous
your heart was a legend.
You told me again
you preferred handsome men,
but for me, you would make an exception.

And clenching your fists
for the ones like us
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty
you fixed yourself and said,
"Well, nevermind. We are ugly, but we have the music."

I don't mean to suggest that I loved you the best.
I can't keep track of each fallen robin.
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel -- that's all. I don't think of you that often.


from Old Matoaka Amphitheater - live, released May 8, 2017



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