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Leaving Green Sleeves

This song is by Leonard Cohen and appears on the album New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974).

Alas, my love, you did me wrong
To cast me out discourteously
For I have loved you so long
Delighting in your very company
Now if you intend to show me disdain
Don't you know it all the more enraptures me
For even so I still remain your lover in captivity

Green sleeves, you're all alone
The leaves have fallen, the men have gone
Green sleeves, there's no one home
Not even the Lady Green Sleeves

I sang my songs, I told my lies
To lie between your matchless thighs
And ain't it fine, ain't it wild
To finally end our exercise
Then I saw you naked in the early dawn
Oh, I hoped you would be someone new
I reached for you but you were gone
So lady I'm going too

Green sleeves, you're all alone
The leaves have fallen, the men have gone
Green sleeves, there's no one home
Not even the Lady Green Sleeves

Green sleeves, you're all alone
The leaves have fallen, the men have all gone home
Green sleeves, it's so easily done
Leaving the Lady Green Sleeves

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Leonard Cohen

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