Saturday, June 7, 2014

Canzoni:
   Suzanne (Leonard Cohen)

Nel suo posto in riva al fiume
Suzanne ti ha voluto accanto
e ora ascolti andar le barche
ora puoi dormirle a fianco
sì lo sai che lei è pazza
ma per questo sei con lei
e ti offre il the e le arance
che ha portato dalla Cina
e proprio mentre stai per dirle
che non hai amore da offrirle
lei è già sulla tua onda
e fa che il fiume ti risponda
che da sempre siete amanti.

E tu vuoi viaggiarle insieme
vuoi viaggiarle insieme ciecamente
perchè sai che le hai toccato il corpo
il suo corpo perfetto con la mente.

E Gesù fu marinaio
finchè camminò sull'acqua
e restò per molto tempo a guardare solitario
dalla sua torre di legno
e poi quando fu sicuro
che soltanto agli annegati
fosse dato di vederlo disse:
Siate marinai finchè il mare vi libererà.

E lui stesso fu spezzato
ma più umano abbandonato
nella nostra mente
lui non naufragò.

E tu vuoi viaggiarle insieme
vuoi viaggiarle insieme ciecamente
forse avrai fiducia in lui
perchè ti ha toccato il corpo con la mente.

E Suzanne ti da la mano,
ti accompagna lungo il fiume,
porta addosso stracci e piume
presi in qualche dormitorio
il sole scende come miele
su di lei donna del porto
che ti indica i colori
tra la spazzatura e i fiori
scopri eroi tra le alghe marce
e bambini nel mattino
che si sporgono all'amore
e così faranno sempre
e Suzanne regge lo specchio.

E tu vuoi viaggiarle insieme
vuoi viaggiarle insieme ciecamente
perchè sai che ti ha toccato il corpo
il suo corpo perfetto con la mente.

Suzanne text © 1972 Fabrizio De André based on
Suzanne © 1971 Leonard Cohen


De André's adaptation of "Suzanne" was released as a 45 in 1972 (b/w "Joan of Arc") with arrangements by Nicola Piovani. For inclusion on Canzoni the music was rearranged by Piero Reverberi.



Leonard Cohen text for Joan of Arc:

Suzanne takes you down
To her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she's half crazy
But that's why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China

And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength

And she lets the river answer
That you've always been her lover

And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you've touched her perfect body with your mind.

And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said "All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them"

But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone

And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you'll trust him
For he's touched your perfect body with his mind.

Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror

And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she's touched your perfect body with her mind
In her place on the river bank
Suzanne wanted you next to her,
and now you listen to the boats going by,
now you can sleep by her side.
Yes you know that she’s crazy,
but that’s why you’re with her.
And she offers you tea and oranges
that she brought from China.
And just while you’re about to tell her
that you have no love to offer,
she is already on your wave
and she makes the river answer you
that you’ve always been lovers.

And you want to travel together with her,
you want to travel with her blindly,
because you know you’ve touched her body,
her perfect body with your mind.

And Jesus was a sailor
until he walked upon the water,
and he stayed a long time watching alone
from his wooden tower.
And then when he was certain
that only the drowned
would be able to see him, he said,
"Be you all sailors until the sea will free you."

And he himself was broken,
but more human, abandoned;
in our mind
he wasn’t shipwrecked.

And you want to travel together with her,
you want to travel with her blindly,
maybe you’ll trust him
because he’s touched your body with his mind.

And Suzanne gives you her hand,
she accompanies you along the river,
she’s dressed in rags and feathers
picked up in some dormitories,
the sun comes down like honey
on her, lady of the harbor
who shows you the colors
among the rubbish and the flowers,
you discover heroes in the rotten seaweed
and children in the morning
who lean out towards love,
and they’ll do like this forever,
and Suzanne holds the mirror.

And you want to travel together with her,
you want to travel with her blindly,
because you know her body has touched you,
her perfect body with the mind.

English translation © 2014 Dennis Criteser



Canzoni, released in 1974, was a "filler" album, like Volume III, desired by De André's label. The only three previously unreleased songs here are covers of Dylan's "Desolation Row" and of two songs by Georges Brassens. Also included are two covers of Leonard Cohen songs. An unreleased alternate take of Suzanne is to the left.


Fabrizio De André text, translated, for Suzanne:

In her place on the river bank
Suzanne wanted you next to her
And now you listen to the boats going by
Now you want to sleep next to her
Yes you know that she’s crazy
But that’s why you’re with her
And she offers you tea and oranges
That she brought from China

And just while you’re about to tell her
That you have nothing to offer her
She is already on your wave

And she makes the river answer you
That you’ve always been lovers.

And you want to travel together with her
You want to travel with her blindly
Because you know you’ve touched her body
Her perfect body with the mind.

And Jesus was a sailor
Until he walked upon the water
And he stayed a long time watching alone
From his wooden tower
And then when he was certain
That only the drowned
Would be able to see him
He said: Be you all sailors until the sea will free you.

And he himself was broken
But more human, abandoned
In our mind
He wasn’t shipwrecked.

And you want to travel together with her
And you want to travel with her blindly
Maybe you’ll trust him
Because he’s touched your body with the mind.

And Suzanne gives you her hand,
She accompanies you along the river,
She’s dressed in rags and feathers
Picked up in some dormitories
The sun comes down like honey
On her, lady of the harbor
And she shows you the colors
Among the rubbish and the flowers
You discover heroes amongst the rotten seaweed
And children in the morning
Who lean out towards love
And they’ll lean out forever
And Suzanne holds the mirror.

And you want to travel together with her
You want to travel with her blindly
Because you know she’s touched your body
Her perfect body with the mind.
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