Suzanne Uke tab by Leonard Cohen

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Intro: C C  Csus4 Csus4 C C 3x

C C C C
Suzanne takes you down
C C C C
To her place near the river
Dm Dm Dm Dm
You can hear the boats go by
Dm Dm Dm Dm
You can spend the night beside her
C C C C
And you know that she's half crazy
C C C C
But that's why you want to be there
Em Em Em Em
And she feeds you tea and oranges
F F F F
That come all the way from China
C C C C
And just when you mean to tell her
Dm Dm Dm Dm
That you have no love to give her
C C C C
Then she gets you on her wavelength
Dm Dm Dm Dm
And she lets the river answer
C C C C Csus4 Csus4 C C Csus4 Csus4 C C
That you've always been her lover
Em Em Em Em
And you want to travel with her
F F F F
And you want to travel blind
C C C C
And you know that she will trust you
Dm Dm Dm Dm C C
For you've touched her perfect body with your mind.

And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said: "All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them"
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you'll trust him
For he's touched your perfect body with his mind.

Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she's touched your perfect body with her mind.

 

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About this song

"Suzanne" is a song written by Canadian poet and musician Leonard Cohen. Its lyrics first appeared as the poem "Suzanne Takes You Down" in Cohen's 1966 book of poetry Parasites of Heaven, admittedly because of lack of new material (lyrics to a few other songs from his subsequent 1967 debut album were also printed in the book). The song was recorded by Judy Collins the same year, and by Noel Harrison and Cohen himself in 1967. It is the most-covered song in Cohen's catalogue (though "Hallelujah" has seen a surge of recordings in recent years.)