So Long_Marianne - chords, tab and comments
Norwegian artist Marianne Christine Ihlen (1935-2016) met Leonard Cohen on the Isle of Hydra, Greece, in 1960. For 13 years they lived frequently close together, in Montreal and on Hydra. She had certain influence on Cohen's first two albums, and her photo covers the back side of his album "Songs from a Room".
He never forgot her. After her death, he wrote her a posthumous letter, reading:
"Well Marianne, it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine. And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road."
Three months later the gentle jew with the dark voice and the hat passed away himself. "Hi there, Marianne"?
come over to the window my little darling
I'd like to try to read your palm
I used to think I was some kind of gypsy boy
before I let you take me home
so long marianne it's time that we begin
to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again