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Take This Longing  Leonard Cohen

Tuning: C F A# D# G C (standard, two full steps down)
Intro
[E]  
[D]Many men have loved the b[A]ells
[D]You fastened to the r[A]ein
[F#m]And everyone who w[Bm]anted you
[F#m]They found what they will [E]alway[F#m]s want aga[E]in
[G#m]Your beauty lost to you yours[C#m]elf
Just [G#m]as it was lost to th[C#m]em
Oh t[A]ake this longing from my t[E]ongue
What[A]ever useless things these hands have d[E]one
L[A]et me see your beauty broken d[E]own
[G#m]Like you would d[A]o for one you l[E]ove
Your body like a searchlight
My poverty revealed
I would like to try your charity
Until you cry, "Now you must try my greed "
And everything depends upon
How near you sleep to me
Just take this longing from my tongue
All the lonely things my hands have done
Let me see your beauty broken down
Like you would do for one you love
Hungry as an archway
Through which the troops have passed
I stand in ruins behind you
With your winter clothes, your broken sandal straps
I love to see you naked over there
Especially from the back
Oh take this longing from my tongue
All the useless things my hands have done
Untie for me your hired blue gown
Like you would do for one that you love
You're faithful to the better man
I'm afraid that he left
So let me judge your love affair
In this very room where I have sentenced mine to death
I'll even wear these old laurel leaves
That he's shaken from his head
Just take this longing from my tongue
All the useless things my hands have done
Let me see your beauty broken down
Like you would do for one you love
Like you would d[A]o for one you l[E]ove
Intro
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Verse:
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[E] [A]  
 
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[A]  
 
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