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  • haMephorash

    May 14th, 2017
    music, unsong
    The last installment of Unsong comes out today. I transcribed the words of the main song from the chapter headings:
    haMephorash
     - Leonard Cohen
       - Scott Alexander
    
    (Tune is Hallelujah by non-fictional
     Leonard Cohen)
    
    Now I've heard there was a sacred word
      That Jala said, and it named the Lord
    But you don't really know of magic, or us.
        It goes like this - a tav, a resh
        A fearsome joy, a fervent wish
    The Comet King incanting haMephorash
    
    haMephorash
    haMephorash
    haMephorash
    haMephor-or-a-ash
    
    Your faith was strong, but you needed proof
      (Hay hay yud tav mem tav vav kuf)
    A ship on which another sailed before us
        She saw his flag on the highest mast
        She saw a dream that couldn't last
    The Comet King receiving haMephorash
    
    haMephorash
    haMephorash
    haMephorash
    haMephor-or-a-ash
    
    You say I took the Name in vain
      And after that, I lost the Name
    I gave it back to Him who holds it for us,
        But echoes sound in every word
        It doesn't matter what occured
    You never really lose the haMephorash
    
    haMephorash
    haMephorash
    haMephorash
    haMephor-or-a-ash
    
    Somebody had to, no one would
      I tried to do the best I could
    And now it's done, and now they can't ignore us
         And even though it all went wrong
         I'll stand against the whole unsong
    With nothing on my tongue but haMephorash
    
    haMephorash
    haMephorash
    haMephorash
    haMephor-or-a-ash
    

    Julia and I also made a quick recording of it, singing and playing guitar in front of my laptop (without ambient noise reduction): mp3.

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