One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong, and more

Music. I am a sucker for it. All kinds of music, but my true love is acoustic folk music, pure and simple.

I just left a comment at Talking Stick’s blog where I mentioned

Gregory Alan Isakov

[my new favorite singer]

I have two of his albums: “That Sea, the Gambler” and “This Empty Northern Hemisphere,” and one is on its way here, “The Weatherman.”

(Click to listen as you read…)

One of Us Cannot Be Wrong – lyrics

I lit a thin green candle to make you jealous of me.

The room filled up with mosquitoes, they heard that my body was free.

And I took the dust of a long sleepless night and I put it in your little shoe,

And I must confess that I tortured the dress that you wore for the world to look through.

And I showed my heart to the doctor. He said “you just have to quit.”

Then he wrote himself a prescription, your name was mentioned in it.

Then he locked himself in a library shelf with the details of our honeymoon,

And I hear from the nurse that he’s gotten much worse and his practice is all in a ruin.

I once knew a saint who had loved you, I studied all night in his school.

He taught that the duty of lovers was to tarnish the golden rule.

And just when I was sure that his teachings were pure he drowned himself in the pool.

His body is gone, but back here on the lawn his spirit continues to drool.

An Eskimo showed me a movie he’d recently taken of you.

The poor man could hardly stop shivering, his lips and his fingers were blue.

I suppose that he froze when the wind took your clothes,

And I guess he just never got warm,

But you stand there so nice in your blizzard of ice

Please let me come into your storm.

{written by Leonard Cohen}

I listen to this song, (the Isakov version which I like the best) “One of Us Cannot Be Wrong,” every night before going to sleep. It’s the last song on the album, This Empty Northern Hemisphere. It’s one of the most interesting songs I’ve ever heard. The combination of Isakov’s voice along with the voice of Brandi Carlile makes this song haunting but the words are more than curious. As I was posting this, I have only just now learned that this song is a Leonard Cohen song… well, there you go! The KING! – I should have known…

Go ahead, you know you want to hear Leonard doing the original version…

Gregory and Brandi do a beautiful job singing this song, and it’s become my very favorite song of the moment…

Here is a great page at Folk Music with an article about Isakov – the author seems to have the same feelings about his music as I have – he is fabulous. I’ve just about worn out the two CDs I have – I am going to look for more…



Oh heck – here’s a bonus music video:

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

It’s in every one of us to be wise;

Find your heart, open up both your eyes.

We can all know every thing without ever knowing why.

It’s in every one of us, by and bye.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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5 Responses to One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong, and more

  1. Maya says:

    Hi Bex!

    I read your blog occasionally and I love your posts about Yorkshire. Have you ever listened to Kate Rusby? I hope you’ll enjoy her songs as much as I do. Here’s an example of one of my favorites:


  2. I gave a listen in your Youtube link to Gregory. Very nice!


  3. Annanotbob3 says:

    Thanks Bex – have had a shit day, unable to help myself, came here and listened to Len. xxxxxxxxxx


  4. mz. em says:

    You have the greatest taste in music. I like most all kinds of music, except for rap, and with country western my favorite.


  5. Sandy From Iowa says:

    WOW…more good stuff to hear…thanks.�off now to hear them .


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