Dear Leonard

by Reid Jamieson

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Dear Leonard. from DEAR LEONARD: The Cohen Collection (a tribute to Leonard Cohen). www.reidjamieson.com/dearleonard.htm

The only original on the album, this haunting ode to a lady’s man puts forth the deal this tongue-tied singer is willing to strike; Reid’s comparative youth and voice, in exchange for Leonard’s wisdom and words.

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DEAR LEONARD

Dear Leonard I write you today
My proposal in song
My struggle lies where you are strong
I've wrestled with words for so very long

Line after line
As each conversation was wrung
Pinned to the ground, silence won
Started and ended
Before I'd begun

I'll lend you the blue of my eye
And a body still young
The voice of an angel, sweet sound
from my guitar and tongue
If you lend me the lines of your years
And the ease of your song
Inside this bargain, we'll both belong

Dear Leonard please understand
This is only a loan
While I’ll be the skin to your bone
I long for sacred hymns of my own

Yes I’d call to sing you the phone book
That old tired tome
Yet onto the fire it's thrown
Were you the author
We'd still take her home

I'll lend you the blue of my eye
And a body still young
The voice of an angel, sweet sound
from my guitar and tongue
If you lend me the lines of your years
And the ease of your song
Inside this bargain, we'll both belong

Should I kneel and praise the son,
Climb your mountain
take of vow of none?
Is that where your
confidence comes from?
Your holy audience of one?

No I’ve never believed in my soul
No poet, my stories untold
I swallow the seeds of them whole
While yours still grow

Dear Leonard it’s late and
I really should let you go
You've helped me
More than you know
Using you as you did her
And that’s how it goes

I'll lend you the blue of my eye
And a body still young
The voice of an angel, sweet sound
from my guitar and tongue
If you lend me the lines of your years
And the ease of your song
Inside this bargain, we'll both belong

Dear Leonard I write you today
My proposal in song

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released October 2, 2016
Written by Reid Jamieson and Carolyn Victoria Mill. Featuring Anne Lindsay on burning violin.

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Reid Jamieson Vancouver, British Columbia

"Gorgeous, sun-struck acoustic soul" - Globe & Mail. Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson has appeared regularly on CBC’s Vinyl Cafe, and has recorded with Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer and members of Blue Rodeo. From award winning originals, to 50s era classics to Leonard Cohen. Performing alongside his long-time songwriting partner and saucy wife, Carolyn Victoria Mill, they are all about the songs. ... more

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