Sisters of Mercy

Ellen O'Meara
Ellen O'Meara



Leonard Cohen has been profoundly inspirational to Ellen as a writer. At a young age, she was introduced to his poetry and quickly realized the captivating power of his music. This track, Sisters of Mercy, was released on Cohen's debut record in 1967.

Befitting the start of her songwriting career, this cover track appears on her first record-Take Me To The Desert-released in April of 2013.


O 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

O I hope you run into them 

You who've been traveling so long


Yes, you who must leave everything 

That you cannot control 

It begins with your family 

But soon 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 light 

You can read their address by the moon 

And you won't make me jealous 

If I hear that they sweeten 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