New Song Lyrics: The Darkness

As I’ve noted in my concert reports from NZ, Leonard’s current set includes three “new” songs — material that hasn’t (yet) had a studio recording and release.

My favourite of the three is “The Darkness”, a kind of bluesy song with an almost 60s feel to it (because of a couple of psychedelic organ solos). There’s been quite a bit of discussion on the Leonard Cohen Forum with several fans transcribing the song’s lyrics as recollected from concert performances. Here’s the lyric transcription (by tomsakic, updated slightly by me) which best matches my remembrance of the NZ shows:

I caught the darkness
It was drinking from your cup
I caught the darkness, baby
from your little cup
I said, “Is this contagious?”
You said  “Just drink it up.”

I’ve got no future
I know my days are few
You see the present’s not that pleasant
just a lot of things to do
I thought the past .. would last me
but the darkness got that too

(instrumental)

I should have seen it coming (should have seen it coming)
It was right behind your eyes
You were young and it was summer
I just had to take a dive
Winning you was easy,
but the darkness was the prize

I don’t smoke no cigarettes
I don’t use the alcohol
I ain’t had much lovin’ yet
but that’s always been your call
Hey, I don’t miss it baby
I got no taste for anything at all

I used to love the rainbow (used to love the rainbow)
I used to love the view
I loved the early morning
I pretended it was new
But I caught the darkness, baby,
And I got it worse than you

(instrumental)

I caught the darkness,
it was drinking from your cup
I caught the darkness
from your little cup
I said, “Is this contagious?”
You said, “Just drink it up.”

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