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Nightingale Lyrics

Artist: Leonard Cohen
Album: Dear Heather

Dedicated to Carl Anderson (1945-2004)
Words and music by Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas

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
â'Twas long ago I found you
Now all your songs of beauty fail
The forest closes 'round you
The sun goes down behind a veil
â'Tis now that you would call me
So rest in peace my nightingale
Beneath your branch of holly
Fare thee well my nightingale
I lived but to be near you
Tho' you are singing somewhere still
I can no longer hear you

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