Dance Me To The End Of Love chords by Leonard Cohen


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Dance Me To The End Of Love | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| Gm | Gm |
||: Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm | D7 | D7 | Gm | Gm :||
La la, la la la la…

Verse 1

| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin.
| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in.
| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove.
| D7 | D7 | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to the end of love.
| D7 | D7 | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to the end of love.

Verse 2

| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Oh, let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone.
| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon.
| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of.
| D7 | D7 | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to the end of love.
| D7 | D7 | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to the end of love.

Instrumental 1

||: F | F | Gm | Gm :||

Verse 3

| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on.
| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long.
| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
We’re both of us beneath our love, we’re both of us above.
| D7 | D7 | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to the end of love.
| D7 | D7 | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to the end of love.

Verse 4

| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to the children who are asking to be born.
| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn.
| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn.
| D7 | D7 | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to the end of love.

Instrumental 2

||: F | F | Gm | Gm :||
| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm | D7 | D7 | Gm | Gm |
La la, la la la la…

Verse 5

| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin.
| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in.
| Cm | Cm | Gm | Gm |
Touch me with your naked hand, touch me with your glove.
| D7 | D7 | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to the end of love.
| D7 | D7 | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to the end of love.
| D7 | D7 | Gm | Gm |
Dance me to the end of love.



Dance Me To The End Of Love Chords: Learn the progressions!


Dance Me To The End Of Love Analysis + TAB

The chords are similar to that of a minor blues but with two turnarounds.

The verse moves from II – VI on repeat before it goes to IIIx – II on repeat, like this in the key of Gm.

||: Cm (II) | Cm | Gm (VI) | Gm :|| x3
||: D7 (IIIx) | D7 | Gm (VI) | Gm :||

Aim to incorporate an alternating bass line when playing this on just one guitar. Members get TAB for how to best do this using both the 5th and minor 3rd of the chords.

This is the first line of example 1, notice how the chord is short, and the bass note is long.

Dance Me To The End Of Love chords and TAB, example 1 first half.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Dance Me To The End Of Love – Guitar lesson with TAB.

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Dance Me To The End Of Love is inspired by a Greek dance and the Holocaust!

Leonard Cohen‘s Dance Me To The End Of Love was released in 1984 as a single from the album Various Positions.

The music video portrays old couples in a very powerful way, the lyrics are said to be inspired by the Holocaust, disguised as a love song.

The line “Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin” is taken from the fact that whilst the Jews were burnt, the Nazis would have a string quartet playing.

The chord progression is the same as used for the Greek dance Hasapiko, Greece being a place Leonard stayed in when he wrote Bird on the Wire in the late ’60s.

Covered by many, it is perhaps Madeleine Peyroux who best made it her own on her album Careless Love (2005).



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