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The Traitor

Song info

"The Traitor" (2008)
It was written by COHEN, LEONARD.
Published by Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.

"The Traitor" Videos

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Martha Wainwright - The Traitor (Leonard Cohen)
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Martha Wainwright - The Traitor (Live)
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The Traitor, Martha Wainwright - Leonard Cohen HRT1.mp4
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The traitor - Martha Wainwright.flv
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Martha Wainwright - "Around The Bend" Official Video
Martha Wainwright - "Around The Bend" Official Video
Martha Wainwright - The Traitor
Martha Wainwright - The Traitor
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Martha Wainwright - Everything Wrong

Lyrics

Now the swan it floated on the English river
Ah, the rose of high romance, it opened wide
A sun tanned woman yearned me through the summer
And the judges watched us from the other side

I told my mother, "Mother, I must leave you
Preserve my room but do not shed a tear
Should rumor of a shabby ending reach you
It was half my fault and half the atmosphere"

But the rose I sickened with a scarlet fever
And the swan I tempted with a sense of shame
She said at last I was her finest lover
And if she withered I would be to blame

The judges said, "You missed it by a fraction
Rise up and brace your troops for the attack"
Ah, the dreamers ride against the men of action
Oh, see the men of action falling back

But I lingered on her thighs, a fatal moment
I kissed her lips as though I thirsted still
My falsity had stung me like a hornet
The poison sank and it paralyzed my will

I could not move to warn all the younger soldiers
That they had been deserted from above
So on battlefields from here to Barcelona
I'm listed with the enemies of love

And long ago she said, "I must be leaving
Ah, but keep my body here to lie upon
You can move it up and down and when I'm sleeping
Run some wire through that rose and wind the swan"

So daily I renew my idle duty
I touch her here and there, I know my place
I kiss her open mouth and I praise her beauty
And people call me traitor to my face