In dark times, poetry and music often become more important to us, providing the kind of transcendence we need to interpret painful events in a wider context. I am reminded of Leonard Cohen lately who wrote Anthem, (some like to call it Ring the Bells) one of his most beautiful and hopeful songs. Since Cohen’s death on November 7 2016, the lyrics of Anthem have resonated across the internet. If you don’t remember him, it may be because many of his best songs were covered by many others including, I’m Your Man (Joe Cocker), Avalanche (Nick Cave, probably the best cover for Cohen’s many lyrics), or Hallelujah (best covered by Jeff Buckley), but Cohen’s gravelly voice lends itself particularly well to Anthem. The lyrics are below.