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I’ve recently been exploring the collection of Leonard Cohen material on YouTube and I came across a clip of Beth Orton. I’m not at all familiar with her work but below the fold you will see her perform Cohen’s ‘Sisters of Mercy’ and it’s a pretty enticing introduction for me.

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Written by Admin

December 7, 2006 at 4:17 pm

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  1. Nice stuff, Jason. I’m pretty sure MarkB@LP is a Beth Orton fan – if he isn’t he’ll stroll across and put me right.

    skepticlawyer

    December 7, 2006 at 5:35 pm

  2. Saw the Leonard Cohen tribute show when it was out here at the Opera House and she was one of the standouts along with Anthony and Martha/Rufus Wainwright but the whole thing was very good. The concert is available on CD and DVD (prob where this was ripped from).

    Kitty

    December 7, 2006 at 6:01 pm

  3. I can certainly confirm that, SL.

    Thanks for the clip, Jason.

    I was very disappointed to miss out on tix for that show. I’ll try to get the dvd – thanks also for the heads up, Kitty.

    Mark Bahnisch

    December 7, 2006 at 7:22 pm

  4. In fact, I’ve been known to post the odd photo of young Beth on LP:

    http://larvatusprodeo.net/2006/11/16/i-wont-add-my-condemn-to-your-condemn-ii/

    Mark Bahnisch

    December 7, 2006 at 7:24 pm

  5. Thanks for that Mark. She’s bloody good value isn’t she? And that’s high praise from a headbanger like me.

    skepticlawyer

    December 7, 2006 at 7:34 pm

  6. She’s brilliant live, SL.

    Bad timing unfortunately – YouTube is closed for repairs.

    Mark Bahnisch

    December 7, 2006 at 7:37 pm

  7. It seems to be back up now – but I’m on a Mac which does different things. If Windoze users take a peek we may get a better idea.

    skepticlawyer

    December 7, 2006 at 8:03 pm

  8. I still can’t see it.

    Mark Bahnisch

    December 7, 2006 at 8:16 pm

  9. Bugger, Mark. All is fine for me, but I’m on a quad G5 Mac. I don’t have the skills to explain why/why not, and my nephew (who does) is buggered right now and doesn’t want to talk to anyone.

    skepticlawyer

    December 7, 2006 at 8:19 pm

  10. Nice singing, melancholic – but isnt Cohen jewish?

    I think the ‘sisters of mercy’ were a couple of chicks in a hotel room, think about it.

    Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.

    They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can’t go on.

    And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.

    Oh I hope you run into them, you who’ve been travelling so long.

    Yes you who must leave everything that you cannot control.

    It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul.

    Well I’ve been where you’re hanging, I think I can see how you’re pinned:

    When you’re not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you’ve sinned.

    Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them.

    They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.

    If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn

    they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.

    When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon.

    Don’t turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon.

    And you won’t make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night:

    We weren’t lovers like that and besides it would still be all right,

    We weren’t lovers like that and besides it would still be all right.

    rog

    December 8, 2006 at 4:37 pm

  11. Great minds think alike. That was my interpretation too, rog.

    Every straight male’s fantasy. Remember, this song is originally sung by Cohen. So it’s a guy singing to a woman:

    ‘And you won’t make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night”

    Damned straight you won’t be jealous …

    Jason Soon

    December 8, 2006 at 4:44 pm


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