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The Partisan  Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen: The Partisan (La Complainte du Partisan)
(French text: Bernard, Music: Anna Marly,
English text: Hy Saret)
from the CD's "Songs from a room", "Greatest Hits" and
"Heart Housed in a Thorn Bush" (Live at Montreux, 1984)
the pattern I play I've learned from a friend (erwin). Its easier to play,
but may be there is a certain loss of quality.
erwins pattern
Am C* E*

p i m a m i p i p i m a p i m a
The pattern is played two times per bar (indicated by / in first verse).
In the first and second line of every verse there are three chords per bar
and i play the pattern C* and E*.
Cohen plays ?don't really know?
Am C* E*

p i m p i m p i m p i m etc.
There are twentyfour notes (triplets) per bar, to much for my fingers.
[Am] [Am] [/] [Am] [Am]  
/C* E* Am
When they poured a-cross the border
/C* E* Am
I was cautioned to sur-render,
this I[/C] could not [G]do;[/G] [(2/4)]
[F] I took my [F]gun and van[/C]-ished.[E] [/Am] [Am/Am] [Am]
C* E* Am
I have changed my name so often,
C* E* Am
I've lost my wife and children
but I have [C]many fri-[G]ends,[G]
[F] and some [F]of them are with [C]me.[E] [/Am] [Am/Am] [Am]
C* E* Am
An old woman gave us shelter,
C* E* Am
kept us hidden in the garret,
then the [C]soldiers [G]came;[G]
[F] she died [F]without a whis-[C]per.[E] [Am] [Am/Am] [Am]
C* E* Am
There were three of us this morning Hier encor nous ?tions troi
C* E* Am
I'm the only one this evening Il ne reste plu que moi
but I [C]must go [G]on; [G] Et je tourne en rond
[F] the fron-ti[F]ers are my pri-so[C]n. [E] [Am] [Am/Am] [Am] Dans la prison des frontieres
C* E* Am
Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing, La vent passe sur les tombles
C* E* Am
through the graves the wind is blowing, La libert? reviendra
freedom [C]soon will [G]come; [G] Oh nous oubliera!
[F] then we'll co[F]me from the shad-[C]ows[E]. [/Am] [Am/Am] [Am] Nous retrerons dans l'ombre.
C* E* Am
Les Alle-mands ?-taient chez moi, (The Germans were at my home
C* E* Am
ons m'a dit: "Re-signe toi," They said, "Sign yourself,"
mais je [C]n'ai pas [G]peur;[G] But I am not afraid
[F] j'ai [F]repris mon ?r-[C]me. [E] [/Am] [Am/Am] [Am] I have retaken my weapon.
C* E Am
J'ai chan-g? cent fois de nom, I have changed names a hundred times
C* E* Am
j'ai per-du femme et en-fants I have lost wife and children
mais j'ai [C]tant d'a-[G]mis; [G] But I have so many friends
[F] j'ai la France en-[C]ti?r[E]e.[Am] [Am/Am] [Am] I have all of France
C* E* Am
Un vieil homme dans un gre-nier An old man, in an attic
C* E* Am
pour la nuit nous a ca-ch?s, Hid us for the night
les Alle-[C]mands l'ont [G]prisen[G]t; The Germans captured him
[F] il est [F]mort sans surpri-[C]se.[E] [Am] [Am/Am] [Am] He died without surprise.)
C* E* Am
Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
C* E* Am
through the graves the wind is blowing,
freedom [C]soon will [G]come;[G]
F F C E Am Am/Am Am (appregio)
then we'll come from the shad-ows.
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