I think I have actually a clear and also coherent understanding of this song, with the exemption of one line: "I"ve checked out your flag ~ above the marble arch." based on my knowledge of Cohen"s work as a whole, ns am all but particular that it is a reference to miscellaneous in the Jewish Scriptural canon, probably from the Prophets or from later Jewish history. However, my lack of knowledge stays clear of me from identifying the reference. Have the right to anyone else?




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In an write-up in Haaretz, Elon Gilad and Ruth Schuster write:

The “marble arch” may point to Titus’ win Arch in Rome, a monument celebrating the Roman last victory end the Jews. If so, Cohen is comparing his lover come the roman inn victors and also himself to the ravaged Jews, who had actually just shed their Temple. Like the revolt, that is crushed.


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I don"t think Cohen has ever before made this clear, for this reason we can only speculate. While ns agree the the Arch of Titus makes the most sense, three other candidates jump out at me:


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Possibly the referral to seeing her flag on the marble arch describes seeing her conquered, or taken, by another? since the following line is "Our love is no a success march" - A win march because that one, means a defeat for another. Ns can"t speak come which arch may have been intended, but I think this interpretation fits with the other themes in the song.


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