The Partisan

by Leonard Cohen

The Partisan lyrics

when they poured across the border
i was cautioned to surrender,
this i could not do;
i took my gun and vanished.

i have changed my name so often,
i’ve lost my wife and children
but i have many friends,
and some of them are with me.

an old woman gave us shelter,
kept us hidden in the garret,
then the soldiers came;
she died without a whisper.

there were three of us this morning
i’m the only one this evening
but i must go on;
the frontiers are my prison.

oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
through the graves the wind is blowing,
freedom soon will come;
then we’ll come from the shadows.

les allemands e’taient chez moi,
ils me dirent, “signe toi, ”
mais je n’ai pas peur;
j’ai repris mon arme.
j’ai change’ cent fois de nom,
j’ai perdu femme et enfants
mais j’ai tant d’amis;
j’ai la france entie`re.
un vieil homme dans un grenier
pour la nuit nous a cache’,
les allemands l’ont pris;
il est mort sans surprise.

[the germans were at my home
they said, "sign yourself, "
but i am not afraid
i have retaken my weapon.
i have changed names a hundred times
i have lost wife and children
but i have so many friends
i have all of france
an old man, in an attic
hid us for the night
the germans captured him
he died without surprise.]

oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
through the graves the wind is blowing,
freedom soon will come;
then we’ll come from the shadows.

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