Leonard Cohen recorded this beautiful song in 1968. According to Wikipedia, Cohen's girlfriend, in trying to help him out of depression, handed him his guitar. He went onto compose this song.
For me, the most powerful line in the song is "I have tried in my own way to be free."
Whether or not we call it depression, isn't our own "guitar" the pathway to personal freedom? Maybe our guitar is auto mechanics or sewing or painting or laying bricks. Or maybe, it's writing.
When we're in that black hole of despair, when the future looks bleak, when hope is something that keeps slipping away, when confusion throttles the life from our soul and no one is there to hand us a guitar, what should we do? Most of us know where that guitar is. With every ounce of our being we should muster our strength, embrace the guitar and try really hard to make our own music.
This is Katey Sagal's (Married with Children & Sons of Anarchy) cover.