Everybody Knows

Demo: 

If PROG Magazine are going to describe me as "Leonard Cohen meets prog" I may as well record a tribute to the great man.

This version's a little less disco and a bit more djenty than the original...

Lyrics: 

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
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that 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 you've been faithful
Ah, give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you've been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

And everybody knows that it's now or never
Everybody knows that it's me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah, when you've done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows

And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it's moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

And everybody knows that you're in trouble
Everybody knows what you've been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it's coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

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Comments

billwhite51's picture

your delivery reminds me of the newpaper vendor is threepenny opera telling the news about mack the knife. the fast tempo in the arrangement pushes the slow tempo recitation. forward at a nice clip.

ampersandman's picture

To read the tags Leonard Cohen and Djent in the same tag section sure merits a listen. I have yet to listen to the original but here I enjoy the contrast between the machine like precision of the instrumentation and your soft vocal performance. As always, outstanding production work.

atitlan's picture

Much heavier, and possibly more appropriate musically, than the original. One of my favourite Leonard Cohen songs and this is a very cool interpretation.

sbs2018's picture

Nice compare compliment! Thinking this would make an awesome theme song for the next Vegas TV series or movie.

Fuzzy's picture

I do not like Leonard Cohen.
(A friend: "Hey, I just bought the "Best Of Leonard Cohen" CD!"
Me: "So... It's a blank CD, then?")
But I do like you, so I of course like this.
Your vocal delivery inserts a bit of subtle humour in to this tune, intentional or not.
Great backing track here.
A really interesting approach.
I never thought I'd like a Leonard Cohen tune, but you have converted me.

mike skliar's picture

this is great! I have no idea what djent is (well, just googled it, so i guess i do now, tho i woudn't know 'progressive metal' from 'regressive plastic' ha)
big leonard cohen fan here- and somehow you really channeled his spirit here (and the vocal sounds very LC- like!) in this arrangement and production..
great work!

Wolf Kier's picture

Way to bring the audio dynamite! I don't know the original but do I really need to? This works great. Lovely mix/texture.