Sisters of Mercy
The Chieftains Lyrics

All the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song
Oh, I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long

Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control
It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul
Well, I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how you're pinned
When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned
Well, they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
They will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem

When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon
Don't turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon
And you won't make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night
We weren't lovers like that and besides, it would still be all right
We weren't lovers like that and besides, it would still be all right

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Written by: Leonard Cohen

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This one gobsmacked me. Sting and The Chieftains doing Leonard Cohen? But damn, it sure works! Great cover!

Jim Gibbons

Wow...I happened on this video by chance; not only is it one of my favorite Leonard Cohen songs, but sung and instrumented by amazing artists at the top of my list. Thanks for posting this gem!


An awesome version - combining the best of Cohen/Sting/Chieftains! I even want to dance when I hear it!


I never would have expected that Sting and The Chieftains would do a cover of Leonard Cohen. They did an amazing job with this amazing and beautiful song.

Ron Fisher

great repose to Cohen's song, nice rendition that does honour to both the music and its author. The words are so sensitive, and the singer makes it more so. Thank you.

chinze bo

I love this version so much!!! Thanks so much for sharing..

Brendan Wheatley

Sting has an Celtic bard's soul and an Irish sheanos lilt in his voice. I can't believe he is English


Ha sido muy interesante escuchar a Sting interpretando música Celta. Es una buena interpretación de un muy bello tema.

Michael Ladd

de veras? de donde eres?


the melancholy is still there. the irish arrangement only adds to it.............

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