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These are actually the chords from the cover of this song that Martha Wainwright did
on the 'Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man' DVD/Sountrack. I haven't heard the real Leonard Cohen
but these chords should be similar.

They are picked in a waltzy kind of fashion, like:


         A              D           A        E
Now the Swan it floated on the English river
        A              D          A
Ah the Rose of High Romance it opened wide


  C#m              F#m                D           A
A sun tanned woman yearned me through the summer
         E                D               A
and the judges watched us from the other side

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Creative-Noise 168 Oct 05, 2010 10:42 PM

Only checked it out very briefly but the Leonard Cohen version doesn't have the "E" in the first line, it just stays the "A" there; and the "C#m" should just be a "C#". As far as I can tell that would make this sound good with the Leonard Cohen version. Thanks!

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Creative-Noise 168 Oct 05, 2010 10:44 PM

I should mention the picking pattern and the notes tabbed out on the A string don't really apply to the Cohen one either. Just for anyone who's trying to play it that way.

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Winter_k 10 Feb 02, 2011 06:00 PM

Here's the rest of the lyrics;

Now the Swan, it floated on the English river
Ah, the Rose of High Romance, it opened wide
A sun-tanned woman yearned me through the summer
and the judges watched us from the other side
I told my mother 'Mother I must leave you
preserve my room but do not shed a tear
Should rumour of a shabby ending reach you
it was half my fault and half the atmosphere'

But the Rose I sickened with a scarlet fever
and the Swan I tempted with a sense of shame
She said at last I was her finest lover
and if she withered I would be to blame

The judges said you missed it by a fraction
rise up and brace your troops for the attack
Ah, the dreamers ride against the men of action
Oh, see the men of action falling back

But, I lingered on her thigh a fatal moment
I kissed her lips as though I thirsted still
And my falsity had stung me like a hornet
The poison sank and it paralysed my will

I could not move to warn all the younger soldiers
that they had been deserted from above
So, on battlefields from here to Barcelona
I'm listed with the enemies of love

And long ago she said 'I must be leaving,
Ah, but keep my body here to lie upon
You can move it up and down and when I'm sleeping
Run some wire through that Rose and wind the Swan'

So daily I renew my idle duty
I touch her here and there, I know my place
I kiss her open mouth and praise her beauty
and people call me traitor to my face

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