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You Want It Darker Lyrics Meanings
by Leonard Cohen


You Want It Darker Lyrics

If you are the dealer, I'm out of the game
If you are the healer, it means I'm broken and lame
If thine is the glory then mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy name
Vilified, crucified, in the human frame
A million candles burning for the help that never came
You want it darker
We kill the flame

You want it darker
We kill the flame

You want it darker
We kill the flame

There's a lover in the story
But the story's still the same
There's a lullaby for suffering
And a paradox to blame
But it's written in the scriptures
And it's not some idle claim
You want it darker
We kill the flame

They're lining up the prisoners
And the guards are taking aim
I struggled with some demons
They were middle class and tame
I didn't know I had permission to murder and to maim
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Hineni, hineni
Hineni, hineni
Hineni, hineni
Hineni, hineni Hineni
Hineni
Hineni, hineni
Hineni, hineni
Hineni, hineni
Hineni, hineni
I'm ready, my lord
I'm ready, my lord

Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy name
Vilified, crucified, in the human frame
A million candles burning for the love that never came
You want it darker
We kill the flame

If you are the dealer, let me out of the game
If you are the healer, I'm broken and lame
If thine is the glory, mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

You want it darker
We kill the flame

You want it darker
We kill the flame

You want it darker
We kill the flame

You want it darker
We kill the flame

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This is about a conversation with both Satan and God. This world as scripture tells us is ruled by Satan, heaven is ruled by God. To Satan..If Satan is the dealer Cohen is out of the game. To God..If you are the healer, Cohen is telling him he needs healing..he is broken and lame. "You want it darker" is directed at Satan "We put out the flame" is what we did by crucifying Christ. "Millions of candles"..us..have been praying to God to remove evil from this world but that has not happened. Instead he sent Jesus, not to remove evil but to show us heaven is where we should want to be. We should be praying for our souls to be ready to go to heaven and he is saying in Hebrew "Hineni" meaning I am ready.

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