WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE – Parody of Leonard Cohen’s Waiting for the Miracle

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A parody of Leonard Cohen’s famous song by the same name. The subject matter deals with the new breed of “poll watchers” who gather around the ballot drop boxes with masks and weapons to “protect election integrity,” calling the people who come to drop their ballot, Mules. Executive Producers for Parody Project Don Caron and Jerry Pender

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How long have we been waiting?
Some watch and others pray
Where those prayers are falling
For sure no one can say
Election day is coming
Hear the beating of that drum
We’re just waiting for the miracle
For the miracle to come

They gather by the boxes
Shouting threats and taking names
They’re calling you a mule
As they play their reindeer games
Their faces, they keep hidden
Holding weapons they can strum
And me I’m up there waiting for the miracle
For the miracle to come

I don’t believe you’d like it
They wanna see your fear
They claim their loss is rigged
Before the count is even clear
The noises from their leader
Sound a lot like bubble gum
When he’s talkin’ ‘bout the miracle,
The miracle to come

Waiting for the miracle
There’s nothing left to do
The line of no return
Will be crossed before they’re through
Nothing left to do when you know you’ve been taken
Nothing left to do when you’re begging for a crumb
Nothing left to do when you’ve got to go on waiting
Waiting for the miracle to come

They dream of being righteous
And they dream of being right
They’re sure that they’ve been cheated
When the final count is tight
The sands of time are falling
Between a finger and a thumb
As they’re waiting for the miracle
For the miracle to come

They decided to get busy
They’d been waiting far too long
They tore away the system
Just to see if it was strong
Yeah, they did something crazy
Something absolutely wrong
Tired of the waiting for the miracle
For the miracle to come

Nothing left to do when you know you’re forsaken
Nothing left to do when you’re begging for a crumb
Nothing left to do when you’ve got to go on waiting
Waiting for the miracle to come

When you’ve fallen on the highway
And you’re lying in the rain
They won’t ask you how you’re doing
You’re the source of all their pain
All that quiet longing
For a tune they could not hum
That’s why they’re out there waiting
For the miracle
For the miracle to come

Waiting for the Miracle – Leonard Cohen

Waiting for the Miracle was featured on COhen’s album, The Future. The Future is the ninth studio album by the Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, released in 1992. Almost an hour in length, it was Cohen’s longest album up to that date. Both the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 1992 Los Angeles riots took place while Cohen was writing and recording the album, which expressed his sense of the world’s turbulence. The album was recorded with a large cast of musicians and engineers in several different studios; the credits list almost 30 female singers. The album built on the success of Cohen’s previous album, I’m Your Man, and garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews. The Future made the Top 40 in the UK album charts, went double platinum in Canada, and sold a quarter of a million copies in the U.S., which had previously been unenthusiastic about Cohen’s albums.

After touring successfully in support of his “comeback” album I’m Your Man (1988), Cohen took a year off to help his son Adam convalesce after a serious car accident in the West Indies left the young man in a coma for four months. Cohen also began a romantic relationship with the actress Rebecca De Mornay. Anthony Reynolds notes in his book Leonard Cohen: A Remarkable Life that work on Cohen’s ninth studio album “was not forged in one concentrated effort. The number of studios used ran into double figures and was spread between Montreal and Los Angeles, although the original plan was to record it in Montreal only, with the same personnel that had worked on I’m Your Man. The cast brought to bear on the album was more akin to a movie production and included both a choir and an orchestra…” The songwriting process had not gotten easier for Cohen over the years; in an interview with Q, the singer admitted, “I’ve never found it easy to write. Period. I mean, I don’t want to whine about it or anything but…it’s a bitch! It’s terrible work. I’m very disciplined in that I can settle down into the work situation but coming up with the words is very hard. Hard on the heart, hard on the head and it just drives you mad. Before you know it, you’re crawling across the carpet in your underwear trying to find a rhyme for ‘orange’. It’s a terrible, cruel job. But I’m not complaining.”

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4 Responses

  1. Lillian Wright

    Don, this is a masterpiece and your best parody with all elements perfectly blended. The simplicity of the decor is in sharp contrast to Leonard Cohen’s haunting music, the sinister visuals, and the poetic lyrics remaining us that the past is never finished as well as your brilliant performance.

    No miracle here, just hard work by a remarkably skillful artist. For now and forever❤️

  2. Katherine Lake

    Don, you do a killer Leonard Cohen! Excellent, but dystopian parody. The REAL miracle I’m waiting for is the survival of democracy.