Full lyrics here. Or, you know, not. According to the documentary, he wrote 80 verses for this song, the creation of which drove him up a wall and over a cliff. I hope someone publishes them all one day.
If the universe would bend to my Will and give me what I want? It would have by now produced a version sung full-out by a loud, passionate, black Pentecostal gospel choir, featuring either Tom Waits or Al Green on lead. I remain Hopeful that this will happen before I die. Also, it would be nice to have versions by Alison Krauss and Sweet Honey in the Rock and NIN.
(By the way, Sweet Honey In the Rock will be at the Chandler in performance with the Alvin Ailey dance troupe on March 18! Muppet Dance!)
A close second to the power of Cohen's original is the John Cale's version: