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The walls of this hotel are paper-thin
Last night I heard you making love to him
The struggle mouth to mouth and limb to limb
The grunt of unity when he came in
I stood there with my ear against the wall
I was not seized by jealousy at all
In fact a burden lifted from my soul
I heard that love was out of my control
A heavy burden lifted from my soul
I heard that love was out of my control
I listened to your kisses at the door
I never heard the world so clear before
You ran your bath and you began to sing
I felt so good I couldn't feel a thing
I stood there with my ear against the wall...
And I can't wait to tell you to your face
And I can't wait for you to take my place
You are The Naked Angel In My Heart
You are The Woman With Her Legs Apart
It's written on the walls of this hotel
You go to heaven once you've been to hell
A heavy burden lifted from my soul
I heard that love was out of my control



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    This is a song about cheating and voyeurism. The cuckold, or husband on whom the wife is cheating, is an image from classic literature, such as leopold bloom in james joyce's _ulysses_. In this song from leonard cohen, the cuckold witnesses the cheating woman and her mate ("the grunt of unity when he came in"), but his witness brings him closer to the truth ("i never heard the world so clear") while oddly alienating him from his experience ("you go to heaven once you've been to hell / a heavy burden lifted from my soul"). Why the cuckold is such a recurring image in cohen's work is another question.

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