This magnificent version proves that it is one of greatest songs of its time.
Madeleine Peyroux – “Dance Me to the End of Love”
“Dance Me to the End of Love” (2011 – original from 1984)
This a superb jazzy version of Leonard Cohen’s marvelous celebration of life and love.
Madeleine Peyroux took the original folk version and transformed it it into a smooth, mellow jazz song – while retaining the sublime beauty of both the music and the vocals.
Among the Greats and the Greatest
As more than a few reviewers have noted, Peyroux’s vocal phrasings and tempo are reminiscent of the great Billie Holiday, as well as of other fine vocalists such as Edith Piaf and Ella Fitzgerald.
It has been said that “Dance Me to the End of Love” is “on the brink of becoming a standard.” This magnificent version pretty much ensures that it will eventually be ranked as one of greatest songs of its time.
Madeleine Peyroux is an American jazz singer. She was the child of “hippies” and “eccentric educators” who guided her towards a career as a musician.
Wandering and Shuffling
B-B-BestIn 2007, the BBC Jazz Awards recognized Madeleine Peyroux as the “Best International Jazz Artist.” (Image source) Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love [2x] Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love [2x]
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We're both of us beneath our love, we're both of us above
Dance me to the end of love [2x] Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I'm gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love [3x] (Image source) Leonard Cohen – “Dance Me to the End of Love”
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Lyrics by Leonard Cohen, courtesy of – AZLyrics.com
Reference – Wikipedia
Reference – Wikipedia
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2 – “Cover Versions”
3 – “Honor Roll”
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Links to my other series ...Lou Reed – "Anthology of Memorable Lyrics, Part 1"
Lou Reed – "Anthology of Memorable Lyrics, Part 2" Great Lyrics, a compilation – “Part One – My Lyrics Posts 3~30”
Great Lyrics, a compilation – “Part Two – My Lyrics Posts 31~60” Vocab-Ability – "Introduction to Vocab-Ability"
Vocab-Ability – "Index" to all Chapters and Sections
Notes from Under the Tatami Mats – "Part One – Notes 1~50"
Notes from Under the Tatami Mats – "Part Two – Notes 51~87"