...to leave out a verse as powerful as this? The following is a verse that Leonard Cohen decided was not good enough for inclusion in the finished song. I copied it quite some time ago and I cannot remember which song it was excluded from - but what does it matter, this verse is so complete in itself. And so terrifying.
I'm finished and I'm broken
And the words are all unspoken
And the screams are waiting patient in my throat
And the doctors at the table
With their masks and miles of cable
Are preparing to be noble and remote