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… For the children of England

Please don't pass me by

London: ‘Please don’t pass me by’

During a long-ago performance of Leonard Cohen’s remarkable song, ‘Please don’t pass me by’ he included the words:

‘… I sing this for the children of England, their faces so grave
– and I sing this for a saviour with no one to save.

The song was performed live (in London) in 1970. My sense is that the faces, the faces of the children of England, are no longer quite so grave.

Note: The words that immediately preceded the lines are:

Please don’t pass me by,
for I am blind, but you can see,
yes, I’ve been blinded totally,
oh please don’t pass me by.

Well I sing this for the Jews and the Gypsies and the smoke that they made.
And I sing this for the children of England, their faces so grave. And I sing
this for a saviour with no one to save.

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