|The Gypsy's Wife (1979-1980)|
|Read the original lyrics of the song|
|1979 from the Harry Rasky's film "The Song of Leonard Cohen"|
"The Gypsy's Wife" was one of the last and
sweetest song I've written. I started it in L.A. around the time I began
recording, which was last March or April.The song was written in about
three months. And of course my own marriage was breakin'up at that time and
in a sense it was written for my gypsy wife, in other words the wife that
was wandering away, but euh.. in another way it's just a song about the way
men and women have lost one another. Men and women have wandered away from each
other, have become gypsies to each other. And the last verse
says: "there is no man or woman you can touch - But you who
come between them will be judged". In other words, even though we are in the
midst of some kind of psychic catastrophy, it's not an invitation to take an
advantage of it. That's mostly what the song is about.
reported by Harry Rasky in his book
"The Song of Leonard Cohen-Portrait of a poet, a friendship and a film"
That particular song started in a
woman's apartment last winter. My marriage was breakin' up and she had a
guitar. I was waiting for her to get ready and that is exactly what I was
thinking, "where, where is my gypsy wife tonight ?" and it was
one of those songs that started that way. Most of them are much less
fluent in their beginnings, but it was just thinking to myself that one
happened very easily and I got that sequence. I guess you could find in it a
lot of Spanish or Eastern Music.
This is a little song that I wrote for my wife
after she ran away.