[24 Nov 1999] Worlds Enough, and Time
[22 Nov 1999] Future Shocks
[19 Nov 1999] Translator's Note
[12 Nov 1999] Psalm 23
[11 Nov 1999] The Mechanical Demon
[10 Nov 1999] Prisoner's Dilemma
[9 Nov 1999] Conviction of E. German Chief Upheld
[8 Nov 1999] Four Gates to the City
[5 Nov 1999] Worst Crimes of the Millennium
[4 Nov 1999] When the Killing Stopped


From the Leonard Cohen album I'm Your Man, Columbia (1988).

Everybody Knows

By LEONARD COHEN and SHARON ROBINSON

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
Everybody knows the fight was fixed:
the poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
Thatís how it goes. Everybody knows.

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking.
Everybody knows the captain lied.
Everybody got this broken feeling like their father or their dog just died.

Everybody talking to their pockets.
Everybody wants a box of chocolates and a long stem rose.
Everybody knows.

Everybody knows that you love me, baby.
Everybody knows that you really do.
Everybody knows that youíve been faithful, give or take a night or two.
Everybody knows youíve been discreet, but there were so many people you just had to meet without your clothes.
And everybody knows.

And everybody knows that itís now or never.
Everybody knows that itís me or you.
And everybody knows that you live forever when youíve done a line or two.
Everybody knows the deal is rotten:
Old Black Joeís still pickiní cotton for your ribbons and bows.
And everybody knows.

Everybody knows that the Plague is coming.
Everybody knows that itís moving fast.
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman -- just a shining artifact of the past.
Everybody knows the scene is dead, but thereís gonna be a meter on your bed that will disclose what everybody knows.

And everybody knows that youíre in trouble.
Everybody knows what youíve been through,
from the bloody cross on top of Calvary to the beach at Malibu.
Everybody knows itís coming apart:
take one last look at this Sacred Heart before it blows.
And everybody knows.