From the recording Take Me to the Desert

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