McCabe And Mrs Miller

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Western movie from 1971, directed by Robert Altman and starring Julie Christie and Warren Beatty.

Wikipedia describes the film thus: "A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene." Some more information about can also be found on the back of the soundtrack single, see below

The movie soundtrack features three songs by Leonard Cohen, including "Sisters of Mercy", from which The Sisters got their name.

Andrew Eldritch referred to this film during an interview on German TV. You may find this here (in German) from about 3:50.

For some more comprehensive information about McCabe & Mrs Miller see:

Mc Cabe & Mrs Miller - Soundtrack Single Cover (front)

McCabe & Mrs Miller Soundtrack Single

Release Notes

  • Label: CBS ‎
  • Catalogue#: CBS 9162
  • Format: 7" vinyl single, 45 RPM
  • Released: 1971 (UK)

Track List

Track Duration
A1  Sisters Of Mercy 3:30
A2  Winter Lady 2:14
B  The Stranger Song           5:05

All songs written and composed by Leonard Cohen.

Apart from the fact, that The Sisters of Mercy derived their band name from Sisters of Mercy,
some quotes from the lyrics were later also used for bootleg titles like Oh, The Sisters Of Mercy They Are Not Departed Or Gone or And You Won't Make Me Jealous.

Mc Cabe & Mrs Miller - Soundtrack Single Cover (back)

Sisters of Mercy - Lyrics

Oh 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
Oh I hope you run into them
you who've been travelling so long

Yes you who must leave everything
that you cannot control
it begins with your family
but soon it comes round 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

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

Sisters of Mercy - Leonard Cohen (Live Montreaux 1976)

When I left they were sleeping
I hope you run into them soon
Don't turn on the lights
you can read their address by the moon
And you won't make me jealous
if I hear that they sweetened 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

Words & Music: Leonard Cohen

Lyrics and music are property and copyright of their respective rights holders and provided only for study purposes.