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  1. Ingrid Schmidt
    February 12, 2019 @ 3:07 pm

    I have been a Leonard Cohen fan for a very long time and after he died there was a lot of publicity on his life and the meaning of his poetry. I was surprised to learn the following: “Despite being structured as a love song, this was in fact inspired by the Holocaust. Cohen recalled: ‘That came from just hearing or reading or knowing that in the death camps, beside the crematoria, in certain of the death camps, a string quartet was pressed into performance while this horror was going on, those were the people whose fate was this horror also. And they would be playing classical music while their fellow prisoners were being killed and burnt.’
    ‘So, that music, ‘Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin,’ meaning the beauty there of being the consummation of life, the end of this existence and of the passionate element in that consummation. But, it is the same language that we use for surrender to the beloved’ ” source Song Facts.

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    • Gerda Saunders
      February 12, 2019 @ 3:14 pm

      How lovely to hear from you, Ingrid. I had heard the background of the song before. I wondered whether to mention it in the blog, but in the end decided to leave it out because I wanted the main focus to be on Peter. I think I will put the link to the info you give into the blog itself so those who want to can follow up.

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