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Leonard Cohen

Cohen in 2008
Background information
Birth name Leonard Norman Cohen
Born September 21, 1934 (1934-09-21) (age 75)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Folk, folk rock, rock, blues, world music
Occupations Musician, songwriter, poet, novelist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1956 - Present
Labels Columbia
.Leonard Norman Cohen, CC, GOQ (born September 21, 1934) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist.^ He was born on September 21, 1934 in Montreal.
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^ Michael Loccisano / Getty Images Leonard Cohen held them close and raptured at New York's Beacon Theatre on Thursday evening as the legendary Canadian poet, musician and songwriter kicked off the second North American leg of his ...
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.Cohen published his first book of poetry in Montreal in 1956 and his first novel in 1963. His work often deals with the exploration of religion, isolation, sexuality and interpersonal relationships.^ Youve written novels and books of poetry.
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^ His first collection of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies, was published in 1956, followed by The Spice Box of Earth in 1961.
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^ He continued to publish, issuing a pair of novels, -The Favorite Game (1963) and -Beautiful Losers (1966), with a pair of poetry collections, -Flowers for Hitler (1964) and -Parasites of Heaven (1966) around them.
  • Leonard Cohen tickets, concerts and tour dates. Official Ticketmaster site. 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.ticketmaster.com.au [Source type: General]

[1] .Famously reclusive,[2] having once spent several years in a Zen Buddhist monastery, and possessing a persona frequently associated with mystique,[3][4] he is extremely well-regarded by critics for his literary accomplishments, for the richness of his lyrics, and for producing an output of work of high artistic quality over a five-decade career.^ Is that musical work as well as lyrical work?
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^ Not a conventional live album, it was a compendium of performances from various venues across several years and focused on highlights of his output from 1969 onward.
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[5][6][7]
.Musically, Cohen's earliest songs (many of which appeared on the 1967 album, Songs of Leonard Cohen) were rooted in European folk music.^ Leonard Cohen Sheet music books .
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^ Cohen's debut album, 68s Songs of Leonard Cohen, was soon on the shelves.
  • Interview: Leonard Cohen | From the Observer | The Observer 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The Lyrics Of Leonard Cohen Lyrics only The Lyrics Of Leonard Cohen is a collection of over 100 song lyrics by the legendary songwriter.When his first album made him an unlikely star in the late 1960's, Leonard Cohen was hailed as the new poet of song.
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[8] In the 1970s, his material encompassed pop, cabaret and world music. Since the 1980s, his high baritone voice has evolved into lower registers (bass baritone and bass), with accompaniment from a wide variety of instruments and female backup singers.
.Over 2,000 renditions of Cohen's songs have been recorded.^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
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^ Joan Baez subsequently recorded the song, and in her hands it was a bit more upbeat and inspiring to the listener; Cohen's rendition made it much more difficult to get past the costs presented by the singer's persona.
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^ Hammond got Cohen signed to Columbia Records and he created The Songs of Leonard Cohen, which was released just before Christmas of 1967.
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.Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour.^ Earlier this year, when Cohen was inducted into the US Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, his old friend Lou Reed put it most succinctly: "We're so lucky to be alive at the same time Leonard Cohen is."
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^ (THE GUARDIAN UK) "It's a show which, as you might hope, illustrates both the gravity of Cohen's music and the great warmth of his wit.
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^ In the beginning, Cohen was both a member of a Canadian country group called the Buckskins and a member of what is now known as the Montreal School of Poetry.
  • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

While giving the speech at Cohen's induction into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008, Lou Reed described Cohen as belonging to the "highest and most influential echelon of songwriters."[9]

Contents

Early life

.Cohen was born in 1934 in Westmount, Montreal, Quebec, into a middle-class Jewish family.^ He was born Leonard Norman Cohen into a middle-class Jewish family in the Montreal suburb of Westmount.
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^ He was born on September 21, 1934 in Montreal.
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^ Real Name: Leonard Norman Cohen Profile: * 21 September 1934 in Montreal, Canada Canadian singer.
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His mother, of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry, emigrated from Lithuania while his great-grandfather emigrated from Poland.[10] .He grew up in Westmount on the Island of Montreal.^ I’m an old lady who grew up in Montreal, where he first lived and performed.
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.His father, Nathan Cohen, owned a substantial Montreal clothing store, and died when Leonard was nine years old.^ His father, a clothing merchant (who also held a degree in engineering), died in 1943, when Cohen was nine years old.
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^ His father died when he was nine.
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^ Earlier this year, when Cohen was inducted into the US Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, his old friend Lou Reed put it most succinctly: "We're so lucky to be alive at the same time Leonard Cohen is."
  • Leonard Cohen tickets, concerts and tour dates. Official Ticketmaster site. 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.ticketmaster.com.au [Source type: General]

On the topic of being a Kohen he said that, "I had a very Messianic childhood," he told Richard Goldstein in 1967. "I was told I was a descendant of Aaron, the high priest."[11] He attended Herzliah High School, where he studied with poet Irving Layton. .As a teenager he learned to play the guitar, subsequently forming a country-folk group called the Buckskin Boys.^ His relationship to music was more tentative -- he took up the guitar at age 13, initially as a way to impress a girl, but was good enough to play country & western songs at local cafes, and he subsequently formed a group called the Buckskin Boys.
  • Leonard Cohen tickets, concerts and tour dates. Official Ticketmaster site. 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.ticketmaster.com.au [Source type: General]

^ When I first started playing guitar and writing songs, one of the first songs I ever learned was "Suzanne."
  • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

^ When he wasnt playing folk songs on his guitar, he was lyrically chanting his poetry.
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His father's will provided Leonard with a modest trust income, sufficient to allow him to pursue his literary ambitions.

Poetry

.In 1951, Cohen enrolled at McGill University, where he became president of the McGill Debating Union.^ At 17, he enrolled in McGill University as an English major -- by this time, he was writing poetry in earnest and became part of the university's tiny underground "bohemian" community.
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.His literary influences during this time included Yeats, Irving Layton, Whitman, Federico Garcia Lorca and Henry Miller.^ Now that they’re all in the mood, the time is opportune for Take This Waltz, and as always, Lenny makes appropriate obeisance to Federico Garcia Lorca for writing the original lyrics in Spanish.
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[12] .His first published book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies (1956), was published under Louis Dudek as the first book in the McGill Poetry Series while Cohen was still an undergraduate student.^ His first collection of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies, was published in 1956, followed by The Spice Box of Earth in 1961.
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^ At seventeen he went to McGill University where he formed the Buckskin Boys and wrote his first book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies .
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^ But after graduating from McGill in 1956, and publishing a book of poems dedicated to his late father, he found a place on a postgraduate course at Columbia University, in the thriving heart of New York's Manhattan.
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.The Spice-Box of Earth (1961) made him well known in poetry circles, especially in his native Canada.^ His first collection of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies, was published in 1956, followed by The Spice Box of Earth in 1961.
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^ His second volume, published in 1961 and entitled The Spice Box of Earth , was acclaimed around the world.
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^ Down go his hands Into the spice-box of earth, And there he finds the fragrant sun For a wedding ring, And draws her wedding finger through.
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After completing an undergraduate degree, Cohen spent a term in McGill's law school and a year (1956-7) at Columbia University.
Cohen applied a strong work ethic to his early and keen literary ambitions. He wrote poetry and fiction through much of the 1960s, and preferred to live in quasi-reclusive circumstances. .After moving to Hydra, a Greek island, Cohen published the poetry collection Flowers for Hitler (1964), and the novels The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966).^ He continued to publish, issuing a pair of novels, -The Favorite Game (1963) and -Beautiful Losers (1966), with a pair of poetry collections, -Flowers for Hitler (1964) and -Parasites of Heaven (1966) around them.
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^ I just know that I had written what I thought was a pretty good novel, Beautiful Losers.
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^ The following year, he also published a new poetry collection, -The Energy of Slaves.
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.The Favourite Game is an autobiographical bildungsroman about a young man who discovers his identity through writing.^ It often is a young mans game, or as Browning said, "The first fine careless frenzy."
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^ This gutter people always in the news, But who really gets to laugh behind the black mans back When he makes his little crack about the Jews?
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.Cohen's writing process, he told an interviewer in 1998, is "...like a bear stumbling into a beehive or a honey cache: I'm stumbling right into it and getting stuck, and it's delicious and it's horrible and I'm in it and it's not very graceful and it's very awkward and it's very painful and yet there's something inevitable about it."^ I knew nothing about Cohen, information was much harder to come by when there was no Internet.
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^ (ME) i really wanted to go up the front towards the end and the security was a pain in the ass, i mean it was nt like there was gonna to be a crowd crush or anything… .
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[13]

Recording career

1960s and 1970s

.In 1967, Cohen moved to the United States to pursue a career as a folk music singer-songwriter.^ It was only a matter of time until the words and the music came together and Cohen became a songwriter.
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^ The interviews were orginally published in SongTalk, the journal of the National Academy of Songwriters, which has since merged with the Songwriters Guild of America Paul Zollo is a singer-songwriter, music journalist and author.
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^ In songs such as "Suzanne" and "Sisters of Mercy," Cohen moved beyond the realm of the popular song to reach into places previously untouched with words and music.
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During the 60s, he was a fringe figure in Andy Warhol's Factory crowd. .Warhol speculated that Cohen had spent time listening to Nico in clubs and that this had influenced his musical style.^ It was only a matter of time until the words and the music came together and Cohen became a songwriter.
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[14] .His song "Suzanne" became a hit for Judy Collins and was for many years his most covered song.^ There will always be songs that we would love to hear – it’s hard to cover nigh on 50 years in 3 glorious hours.
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^ The miraculous "Suzanne" for example, is a song towards which many songwriters have aspired, and it is Cohens descriptive use of details, along with one of his most haunting melodies, that distinguishes this astonishing song.
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^ Many years later, I turned to these songs in times of confusion and found a lot of answers in his writing sometimes to questions I wasn’t even asking.
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.After performing at a few folk festivals, he came to the attention of Columbia Records representative John H. Hammond.^ When John Hammond, the same guy who discovered Dylan, Springsteen, and Billie Holiday, heard some of Leonards early songs, he told him, "Youve got it," and signed him to Columbia records.
  • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

.Cohen's first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), was too dark to be a commercial success but was widely acclaimed by folk music buffs.^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
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^ But his own work has extended across generations and decades, packing as much brilliance into 1992s The Future as he instilled into his first album in 1967.
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^ For one thing it’s been done to death but mostly it tickles taste buds which are the opposite of the ones my favorite Leonard Cohen songs hit.
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[citation needed] He became a cult name in the UK, where the album spent over a year on the album charts.[15] .He followed it with Songs from a Room (1969) (featuring the often-recorded "Bird on the Wire"), Songs of Love and Hate (1971), Live Songs (1973) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974).^ Bird On A Wire was the first Cohen song I ever heard, lying under the coffee table and listening to my mother’s scratchy old Songs From A Room LP. “Like a baby still-born, like a beast with his horn, I have torn everyone who reached out for me.” At 11 or whatever i was, I had never heard anything like that.
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^ I love what his changing voice has added to his back catalogue – everything old is new again, and the (relatively) new has the wisdom of the ancients.
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^ New Skin For Old Ceremony 292238 condition: New Copy/ Cd 31 7 1990 Colum Condition: New Copy/ / Style: Pop Usa Quant.
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In 1971, Cohen's music was used in the soundtrack to Robert Altman's film McCabe & Mrs. Miller. .Cohen had been in Nashville when Altman phoned to ask permission to use some tracks off Songs of Leonard Cohen.^ And a number of Cohen's finest songs appeared here, including the luminous "Suzanne," the subtly venomous "Master Song" and "Sisters of Mercy," which would later be used to memorable effect in Robert Altman's film McCabe and Mrs. Miller.
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^ More products on Songs of Leonard Cohen [Bonus Tracks] » Back to the top External Links Purchase Tickets to Leonard Cohen Events Purchase Leonard Cohen albums on Amazon.com Back to the top Related Searches .
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^ While it's a fine LP, it ultimately feels neither as striking nor as assured as Songs of Leonard Cohen .
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.Coincidentally, earlier that same day, Cohen saw Altman's film, Brewster McCloud in a Nashville theater.^ A film title from the 1950’s and the day I finally got to see the legend that is Leonard Cohen.
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.He hadn't paid attention to the credits, though; when Altman asked permission to use Cohen's songs in his new film, Cohen asked him who, exactly, he was.^ And a number of Cohen's finest songs appeared here, including the luminous "Suzanne," the subtly venomous "Master Song" and "Sisters of Mercy," which would later be used to memorable effect in Robert Altman's film McCabe and Mrs. Miller.
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^ Then I praise da song of his, "I and I," and asked him how long it had taken and he said, "Fifteen minutes."
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^ I have to say I do like Cohen singing Hallelujah, even though the song has been done to death as you say.
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Altman mentioned MASH, but Cohen had never heard of it. Altman then told him of the lesser-known Brewster McCloud. Cohen replied, "Listen, I just came out of the theater. I saw it twice. You can have anything of mine you want!"[16]
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Cohen toured the United States, Canada and Europe. Beginning around 1974, his collaboration with pianist and arranger John Lissauer created a live sound praised by the critics. .During this time, Cohen toured twice with Jennifer Warnes as a back-up singer (in 1972 and 1979).^ Field Commander Cohen - Tour Of 1979 (CD) .
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^ Field Commander Cohen - Tour Of 1979 (Album) ◄ (3 versions) .
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^ Field Commander Cohen - Tour Of 1979 (CD, Album, CD-) .
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.Warnes would become a fixture on Cohen's future albums and she recorded an album of Cohen songs in 1987, Famous Blue Raincoat.^ Cohen played songs from his first two albums, debuted a few -- including "Suzanne," -- recited poems, and told stories.
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^ If Songs of Love and Hate isn't Cohen's best album, it comes close enough to be essential to anyone interested in his work.
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^ With a heavy emphasis on the debut Songs of Leonard Cohen and its follow-up Songs From a Room, the set includes such masterpieces as "Suzanne," "So Long, Marianne" and "Bird on the Wire," as well as later efforts including "Chelsea Hotel" and "Famous Blue Raincoat."
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[17]
.In 1977, Cohen released Death of a Ladies' Man (note the plural possessive case; one year later, in 1978, Cohen released a volume of poetry with the coyly revised title, Death of a Lady's Man).^ [This special 2008 edition adds a bonus disc which includes "Death of a Ladies Man," "Seems So Long Ago, Nancy" and five other songs.
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^ There's just one song ("Famous Blue Raincoat") from Songs of Love and Hate , and no songs at all from Death of a Ladies Man .
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^ Death Of A Ladies' Man (LP) .
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.The album was produced by Phil Spector, known as the inventor of the "wall of sound" technique, which backs up pop music with many layers of instrumentation, an approach very different from Cohen's usually minimalist instrumentation.^ Usually, yes, the line will have a kind of rhythm that will indicate, at the very least, where the voice will go up and where the voice will go down.
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.The recording of the album was fraught with difficulty—Spector reportedly mixed the album in secret studio sessions, and Cohen said Spector once threatened him with a crossbow.^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
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Cohen thought the end result "grotesque,"[18] but also "semi-virtuous."[19]
In 1979, Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs. Produced by Cohen himself and Henry Lewy (Joni Mitchell's sound engineer) the album included performances by a jazz-fusion band introduced to Cohen by Mitchell and oriental instruments (oud, Gypsy violin and mandolin). .In 2001 Cohen released an album of live recordings of songs from his 1979 tour, entitled Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979.^ Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979 .
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^ At the store today, I found Cohen’s Live in London, recorded July 17th 2008.
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^ Then again, his live renditions of every song was better than the album versions.
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1980s

Leonard Cohen (1988).
.In 1984, Cohen released Various Positions, including "Dance Me to the End of Love" and the often recorded "Hallelujah". Columbia declined to release the album in the United States, where Cohen's popularity had declined in previous years.^ In songs such as "Suzanne" and "Sisters of Mercy," Cohen moved beyond the realm of the popular song to reach into places previously untouched with words and music.
  • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
  • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

^ When the girls open with the familiar syncopated lilting start of Dance Me , from his mid-period masterpiece Various Positions, we know this is going to be a journey through Cohen’s huge labyrinth of poetic songmaking.
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Throughout his career, Cohen's music has sold better in Europe and Canada than in the U.S. He once satirically expressed how touched he is at the modesty the American company showed in promoting his records.
.In 1986, he appeared in the episode "French Twist" of the TV series Miami Vice. In 1987, Jennifer Warnes's tribute album Famous Blue Raincoat helped restore Cohen's career in the U.S., and the following year he released I'm Your Man, which marked a drastic change in his music.^ As he once said to Jennifer Warnes, "Your most particular answer will be your most universal one."
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^ I met him in a dream sitting in his car waiting for Mrs. Cohen to finish the supermarket shop and as we were both killing time, even felt free to ask him the burning question about Famous Blue Raincoat.
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^ With a heavy emphasis on the debut Songs of Leonard Cohen and its follow-up Songs From a Room, the set includes such masterpieces as "Suzanne," "So Long, Marianne" and "Bird on the Wire," as well as later efforts including "Chelsea Hotel" and "Famous Blue Raincoat."
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Synthesizers ruled the album and Cohen's lyrics included more social commentary and dark humour. .It was Cohen's most acclaimed and popular since Songs of Leonard Cohen. "First We Take Manhattan" and the title song became two of his most popular songs.^ Leonard Cohen takes Manhattan, again Canada.com Network .
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^ Leonard Cohen takes Manhattan, again .
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^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
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[citation needed]

1990s

.The use of the album track "Everybody Knows" (co-written by Sharon Robinson) in the 1990 film Pump Up the Volume helped expose Cohen's music to a younger audience.^ I don’t know what part of my sub consciousness that came from but the dream features in track 8 on my Losers & Sinners album.
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^ Pump Up The Volume (Comp) ◄ (4 versions) .
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^ Leonard Cohen Discography at Discogs Sign Up Log In Help .
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The song also featured prominently in fellow countryman Atom Egoyan's 1994 film, Exotica. In 1992, Cohen released The Future, which urges (often in terms of biblical prophecy) perseverance, reformation, and hope in the face of grim prospects. .Three tracks from the album - "Waiting for the Miracle", "The Future" and "Anthem" - were featured in the movie Natural Born Killers.^ I don’t know what part of my sub consciousness that came from but the dream features in track 8 on my Losers & Sinners album.
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^ Music From And Inspired By Natural Born Killers, An Oliver Stone Film (CD, Album, Comp) .
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^ Music From And Inspired By Natural Born Killers, An Oliver Stone Film (Album, Comp) ◄ (4 versions) .
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In the title track, Cohen prophesies impending political and social collapse, reportedly as his response to the L.A. unrest of 1992: "I've seen the future, brother: It is murder." In "Democracy", Cohen criticizes America but says he loves it: "I love the country but I can't stand the scene." .Further, he criticizes the American public's lack of interest in politics and addiction to television: "I'm neither left or right/I'm just staying home tonight/getting lost in that hopeless little screen."^ Not just TV, but the hopeless, little screen.
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^ Not "watching TV." Sitting in my room "with that hopeless little screen."
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Nanni Moretti's film Caro diario (1993) features "I'm Your Man", as Moretti himself rides his Vespa along the streets of Rome.
In 1994, following a tour to promote The Future, Cohen retreated to the Mt. Baldy Zen Center near Los Angeles, beginning what became five years of seclusion at the center.[17] .In 1996, Cohen was ordained as a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk and took the Dharma name Jikan, meaning "silence". He served as personal assistant to Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi.^ After 1993 Leonard Cohen lived several years at the Zen Center on Mount Baldy (a Buddhist monastery) in California.
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He left Mount Baldy in 1999. Japanese songwriter and poet Masato Tomobe stated he admires Cohen and made him more recognized in Japan around this time.

2000s

Ten New Songs

In 2001, following the five years' seclusion at the Mt. .Baldy Zen Center, Cohen returned to music with Ten New Songs, featuring a heavy influence from producer and co-composer Sharon Robinson.^ After that, it’s Boogie Street, from Ten New Songs, released when he left the Zen monastery and discovered he’d been ripped off and all his money was gone.
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^ Buy rare leonard cohen - New Skin For The Old Ceremony cds, vinyl records, out of print and hard to find music at MusicStack.
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^ In songs such as "Suzanne" and "Sisters of Mercy," Cohen moved beyond the realm of the popular song to reach into places previously untouched with words and music.
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.With this album, Cohen shed the relatively extroverted, engaged, and even optimistic outlook of The Future (the sole political track, "The Land of Plenty", abandoning stern commandment for yearning but helpless prayer) to lament and seek acceptance of varieties of personal loss: the approach of death and the departure of love, romantic and even divine.^ A solitary survivor caught by the spell of love and death, Cohen shoots for the moon in his best songs.
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^ Field Commander Cohen - Tour Of 1979 (CD, Album, CD-) .
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^ Field Commander Cohen - Tour Of 1979 (Album) ◄ (3 versions) .
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.The cohesive musical style of Ten New Songs' (perhaps absent from Cohen's albums since Recent Songs) owes much to Robinson’s involvement.^ After that, it’s Boogie Street, from Ten New Songs, released when he left the Zen monastery and discovered he’d been ripped off and all his money was gone.
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^ In songs such as "Suzanne" and "Sisters of Mercy," Cohen moved beyond the realm of the popular song to reach into places previously untouched with words and music.
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^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
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.March 2010" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] The album includes the song "Alexandra Leaving", a striking transformation of the poem "The God Abandons Antony", by the Greek poet Constantine P. Cavafy.^ They leave the heart, they abandon the heart to the Milky Way, that drunkard's glittering line to a physical god ...
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Although not Cohen’s bitterest album, it may rank as his most melancholic.

Dear Heather

In October 2004, Cohen released Dear Heather, largely a musical collaboration with jazz chanteuse (and current romantic partner) Anjani Thomas, although Sharon Robinson returns to collaborate on three tracks (including a duet). .As light as the previous album was dark, Dear Heather reflects Cohen's own change of mood - he has said in a number of interviews that his depression has lifted in recent years, which he attributes to the aid of Zen Buddhism.^ After 1993 Leonard Cohen lived several years at the Zen Center on Mount Baldy (a Buddhist monastery) in California.
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^ Dear Heather (Album) ◄ (3 versions) .
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^ Dear Heather (CD, Album) .
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.Dear Heather is perhaps his least cohesive, and most experimental and playful album to date, and the stylings of some of the songs (especially the title track) frustrated many fans.^ Cohen played songs from his first two albums, debuted a few -- including "Suzanne," -- recited poems, and told stories.
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^ The sound of the album is clean and uncluttered, and for the most part the music stays out of the way of the lyrics, which dominate the songs.
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^ And then play the song over and over again, try to find some form.
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.In an interview following his induction into the Canadian Songwriters' Hall of Fame, Cohen explained that the album was intended to be a kind of notebook or scrapbook of themes, and that a more formal record had been planned for release shortly afterwards, but that this was put on ice by his legal battles with his ex-manager.^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
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^ Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 (Performer).
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Blue Alert

.Blue Alert, an album of songs co-written by Anjani and Cohen, was released on May 23, 2006 to positive reviews.^ If Songs of Love and Hate isn't Cohen's best album, it comes close enough to be essential to anyone interested in his work.
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^ Cohen played songs from his first two albums, debuted a few -- including "Suzanne," -- recited poems, and told stories.
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^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
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.The album is sung by Anjani, who according to one reviewer "...sounds like Cohen reincarnated as woman...though Cohen doesn't sing a note on the album, his voice permeates it like smoke."^ I’m one of those people who don’t like Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah , and so I’m a bit disappointed when that’s what he sings, but hey, it’s his song, and he can do whatever he wants with it.
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^ Read More In "Chelsea Hotel #2," a remembrance of a departed lover, the artist reaffirms his kinship "for the ones like us who are obsessed by the figures of beauty."
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^ Johnston also had trouble coaxing strong vocal performances from Cohen; his singing here sounds tentative and his meter is uncertain, which regardless of how one feels about Cohen's much-debated vocal prowess is not the case with his other work.
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[20] .The album includes a recent musical setting of Cohen's "As the mist leaves no scar", a poem originally published in The Spice-Box of Earth in 1961 and adapted by Spector into "True Love Leaves No Traces" on Death of a Ladies' Man.^ His first collection of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies, was published in 1956, followed by The Spice Box of Earth in 1961.
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^ His second volume, published in 1961 and entitled The Spice Box of Earth , was acclaimed around the world.
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^ Down go his hands Into the spice-box of earth, And there he finds the fragrant sun For a wedding ring, And draws her wedding finger through.
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Book of Longing

.Cohen's book of poetry and drawings, Book of Longing, was published in May 2006; in March a Toronto-based retailer offered signed copies to the first 1500 orders placed online.^ At seventeen he went to McGill University where he formed the Buckskin Boys and wrote his first book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies .
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All 1500 sold within hours. The book quickly topped bestseller lists in Canada. On May 13, 2006, Cohen made his first public appearance for thirteen years, at an in-store event at a bookstore in Toronto. Approximately 3000 people turned up for the event, causing the streets surrounding the bookstore to be closed. .He sang two of his earliest and best-known songs: "So Long, Marianne" and "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye", accompanied by the Barenaked Ladies and Ron Sexsmith.^ [This special 2008 edition adds a bonus disc which includes "Death of a Ladies Man," "Seems So Long Ago, Nancy" and five other songs.
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^ But, no, Anthem" was written a long time before that Dylan song.
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^ Even if its bad -- those two happen to be good, Im presenting the best of my discarded work -- but even the bad ones took as long to write as the good ones.
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Also appearing with him was Anjani, the two promoting her new CD, along with his book.[21]

2008 concert tour

2008 concert tour
.January 13, 2008, Cohen quietly announced a long-anticipated concert tour [22].^ Offload June 24th, 2008 2:11 pm I have never gone to a concert a second time in one tour.
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^ Jennifer June 17th, 2008 2:13 pm Best concert review I’ve ever read.
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.The tour, Cohen's first in 15 years, began May 11 in Fredericton, NB to wide critical acclaim, and was prolonged until spring of 2010.[23] The schedule encompassed Canada and Europe, including performances at The Big Chill (music festival),[24] the Montreal Jazz Festival, and on the Pyramid Stage at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival on 29 June 2008.[25] His performance at Glastonbury was hailed by many as the highlight of the festival[26], and his performance of "Hallelujah" as the sun went down received a rapturous reception and a lengthy ovation from a packed Pyramid Stage field.^ Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979 .
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^ Leonard Cohen: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, June 6 .
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[27] .He also played in Dublin in what has come to be regarded as a "milestone concert."^ We flew to Dublin from Glasgow for the concert on the 13th, as we’re on holiday when he plays Edinburgh Castle next month.
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The London performance was later released on CD and DVD under the title Live in London.
The Sydney Entertainment Centre show on January 28 sold out rapidly, which motivated promoters to later announce a second show at the venue. .The first performance was well-received, and the audience of 12,000 responded with five standing ovations.^ During the nearly three-hour show (with one intermission) he was uniformly gracious, doffing his hat to the audience after each song, and receiving a standing ovation for nearly every o`ne in return.
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Cohen gave generous credit to his touring band, his long-time collaborator and vocalist Sharon Robinson, and the "sublime" Webb Sisters.[citation needed] In January 2009, the tour arrived in New Zealand. Simon Sweetman in The Dominion Post (Wellington) of 21 January wrote "It is hard work having to put this concert in to words so I'll just say something I have never said in a review before and will never say again: this was the best show I have ever seen." The first concert of the Australian tour took place at Rochford Winery in Victoria's Yarra Valley on January 24 in perfect weather in front of an audience of about 7,000.

Hallelujah

.On March 7, 2008, Jeff Buckley's version of Cohen's "Hallelujah", went to number 1 on the iTunes chart after Jason Castro performed the song on the seventh season of the television series American Idol.^ June 17th, 2008 10:31 am Sorry to be contrary here but Hallelujah wouldn’t make my top twenty Cohen songs and Buckley’s version wouldn’t make my top twenty Cohen covers.
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^ I’m not sure what you mean by saying that he sang Buckley’s version of Hallelujah, though, he sang his own version (with all the verses!
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^ He did the version that Jeff Buckley made popular.
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[28] .Another major boost for Cohen's song exposure came when singer-songwriter Kate Voegele released her version of "Hallelujah" from her 2007 album Don't Look Away and appeared as a regular character, named Mia, on season five of the teenage television show One Tree Hill.^ There are so many great Jewish songwriters, yet its so rare that any of them mention being Jewish in a song -- [Laughs] I smiled to myself when that line came.
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^ [Laughter] Dylan said, around the time that "Hallelujah" came out, that your songs were almost like prayers.
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^ I will drag you upstairs after the vacuuming stops and I will show you version after version after version of some of the tunes on this new album.
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A few days later, Cohen was inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in recognition of his status among the "highest and most influential echelon of songwriters."[9]. He was introduced by fellow musician Lou Reed.
In December 2008, two versions of "Hallelujah" placed No. 1 and 2 in the UK Christmas singles chart, with X Factor winner Alexandra Burke at No. 1 and Jeff Buckley at No. 2, following an campaign by Buckley fans to get his version to no. 1 rather than the X Factor version. As a result, online downloads of Cohen's original version placed it at No. 36, 24 years after its initial release. .Not since the early days of the UK Singles Chart had three versions of the same song charted simultaneously.^ In the early days, did a song such as "Suzanne" come easy to you?
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^ I saw that the song could develop in about three or four different ways and there actually exist about three or four versions of "Democracy."
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John Cale performed this song in the 2001 Dreamworks movie Shrek. The cover when watching the actual movie was by John Cale, but the original soundtrack for the movie had a Rufus Wainwright version. John Cale's version was also featured on the television series Scrubs.
The Jeff Buckley version of "Hallelujah" was used during the final minutes of the West Wing episode Posse Comitatus, the last episode of season 3. On February 12, 2010, k.d. lang performed this song at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada.

Live in London

.On March 21, 2009, Cohen released Live in London, recorded on July 17, 2008 at London's O2 Arena and released on DVD and as a two-CD set.^ At the store today, I found Cohen’s Live in London, recorded July 17th 2008.
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^ Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 (CD/DVD) .
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^ Back to the top Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 (CD/DVD) Review by Thom Jurek, All Music Guide Released: October 20, 2009 Label: Columbia/Legacy Styles: Singer/Songwriter On August 31, 1970, Leonard Cohen was scheduled to play the third Isle of Wight Festival.
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.The album contains 27 songs and is over two-and-a-half hours long.^ Cohen played songs from his first two albums, debuted a few -- including "Suzanne," -- recited poems, and told stories.
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2009 concerts

.On February 19, 2009, Cohen played his first American concert in fifteen years at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.^ Maryanne keane July 22nd, 2009 10:45 pm We travelled from Ireland to see him in concert in London on 17 July last year….
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^ Cohen played songs from his first two albums, debuted a few -- including "Suzanne," -- recited poems, and told stories.
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^ Irish KC ] » Kansas City Irish Festivals, Music, Pubs, & Events by an Artist in Ireland » Best Irish Blog Post - The Shortlist February 12th, 2009 9:14 am [...
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[29] .He also performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 17, 2009, in front of one of the largest Outdoor Theatre crowds in the history of the festival.^ Irish KC ] » Kansas City Irish Festivals, Music, Pubs, & Events by an Artist in Ireland » Best Irish Blog Post - The Shortlist February 12th, 2009 9:14 am [...
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His performance of Hallelujah was widely regarded as one of the highlights of the festival.
.In February 2009, in response to hearing about the devastation to the Yarra Valley region of Victoria in Australia, he donated $200,000 to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal in support of those affected by the extensive Black Saturday bushfires that razed the area just weeks after his performance at the Rochford Winery in the A Day on the Green concert.^ Ruairi February 13th, 2009 9:20 pm Hey – best of luck at the blog awards next week – great post .
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^ Lerner instinctually reset a camera just before his performance and got most of Cohen's show, the vibe of which transformed the festival's last day.
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[30] Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper reported: "Tour promoter Frontier Touring said $200,000 would be donated on behalf of Cohen, [fellow performer Paul] Kelly and Frontier to aid victims of the Victorian bushfires."[31]
A scheduled concert in Ramallah was cancelled after Palestinian human-rights activists objected to the fact that Cohen had also scheduled a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel, contrary to a proposed cultural boycott of Israel.[32] .Tickets for the Tel Aviv concert, Cohen's first performance in Israel since 1975, went on sale on August 1, 2009, and sold out in less than 24 hours.^ I’ve given the staff at the Bockschloss half an hour off to celebrate winning the Post of the Month award for the Lenny Cohen concert review.
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^ We just found out that Lenny will be in Australia early next year, and have managed to get tickets for the Melbourne concert.
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^ August 23rd, 2008 5:46 pm I saw Cohen in his first concert in Dublin in 1972 & every time he performed here since But this visit was just fantastic.
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[33] .It was announced that proceeds from the sale of the 47,000 tickets would go into a charitable fund in partnership with Amnesty International and would be used by Israeli and Palestinian peace groups for projects providing health services to children and bringing together Israeli veterans and former Palestinian fighters and the families of those killed in the conflict.^ In the most unlikely circumstance, I was told, on Thursday that there was a possibility of a spare ticket being available for the Friday concert and was asked if I would go.
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.January 2010" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] However on August 17, 2009, Amnesty International released a statement saying they were withdrawing from any involvement with the concert or its proceeds.^ Maryanne keane July 22nd, 2009 10:45 pm We travelled from Ireland to see him in concert in London on 17 July last year….
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^ They say that the Torah was written with black fire on white fire.
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[34] Amnesty International later stated that its withdrawal was not due to the boycott but "the lack of support from Israeli and Palestinian NGOs."[35] The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) led the call for the boycott, claiming that Cohen "is intent on whitewashing Israel's colonial apartheid regime by performing in Israel."[36]
.On September 18, at a concert in Valencia, Spain, Cohen collapsed halfway through performing his song "Bird on the Wire".[37] It was reported that Cohen had stomach problems, and possibly food poisoning.^ Then, of course, I noticed that birds came to the wires and that was how that song began.
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^ Song: Bird on the Wire .
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[38]
On September 24 at the Ramat Gan Stadium, Israel, Cohen was highly emotional about the Israeli-Palestinian NGO Bereaved Families for Peace. .He mentioned the organization twice, saying "It was a while ago that I first heard of the work of the 'Bereaved Parents for Peace'. That there was this coalition of Palestinian and Israeli families who had lost so much in the conflict and whose depth of suffering had compelled them to reach across the border into the houses of the enemy.^ But his own work has extended across generations and decades, packing as much brilliance into 1992s The Future as he instilled into his first album in 1967.
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.Into the houses of those, to locate them who had suffered as much as they had, and then to stand with them in aching confraternity, a witness to an understanding that is beyond peace and that is beyond confrontation.^ I understand those Roman girls who danced around a shaft of stone and kissed it till the stone was warm.
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.So, this is not about forgiving and forgetting, this is not about laying down one's arms in a time of war, this is not even about peace, although, God willing, it could be a beginning.^ In other words, its something you do every day and you cant get too far from it, otherwise you forget what its about It wasnt that way for you prior to that time?
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^ So this was a miracle, Dancing down all these wars and truces Yellow as a first-day butterfly, Nothing of time or massacre In its bright flutter.
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This is about a response to human grief. A radical, unique and holy, holy, holy response to human suffering. Baruch Hashem, thank God, I bow my head in respect to the nobility of this enterprise."[39] At the end of the show he blessed the crowd by the Priestly Blessing, a Jewish blessing offered by Kohanim, Cohen being of the Priestly caste.[40]
Altogether, the tour earned a reported $9.5 million, putting Cohen at number 39 on Billboard magazine's list of the year's top musical "money makers."[41]

Themes

Recurring themes in Cohen's work include love and sex, religion, psychological depression, and music itself. He has also engaged with certain political themes, though sometimes ambiguously so. "Suzanne" mixes a wistful type of love song with a religious meditation, themes that are also mixed in "Joan of Arc". "Famous Blue Raincoat" is from the point of view of a man whose marriage has been broken (in exactly what degree is ambiguous in the song) by his wife's infidelity with his close friend, and is written in the form of a letter to that friend, to whom he writes, "I guess that I miss you/ I guess I forgive you … Know your enemy is sleeping/ And his woman is free", while "Everybody Knows" deals in part with social inequality ("...the poor stay poor/ And the rich get rich"), and the harsh reality of AIDS: "… the naked man and woman/ Are just a shining artifact of the past".
"Sisters of Mercy", according to the sleeve notes of his Greatest Hits evokes his encounter with two women named Barbara and Lorraine in a hotel room in Edmonton, Canada. .Claims that "Chelsea Hotel #2" treats his affair with Janis Joplin without sentimentality are countered by claims that the song reveals a much more complicated and mixed set of feelings than straightforward love.^ Much more than now.
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^ That song was written for Janis Joplin?
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^ His following albums continued to resound with beautiful, intimate poetry while stretching the boundaries of songwriting, in such classic songs as "Chelsea Hotel No.
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.Cohen discusses the song in an interview filmed for the tribute-concert movie Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man.^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
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^ Like Dylan, Simon, and few others, Leonard Cohen has expanded the vocabulary of the popular song into the domain of poetry.
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^ Songs of Leonard Cohen .
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He confirms that the subject is indeed Janis with some evident embarrassment. ."She wouldn't mind", he declares, "but my mother would be appalled". The title of "Don't Go Home with Your Hard-On" speaks for itself.^ Don't Go Home With Your Hard-On .
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^ But I had no idea what hard work was until something changed in my mind.
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^ The Sleeping Beauty "You are brave", I told the Sleeping Beauty, "to climb these steps into my home, but I regret your man, the Kissing Prince, is gone."
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.Cohen comes from a Jewish background, most obviously reflected in his song "Story of Isaac", and also in "Who by Fire", whose words and melody echo the Unetaneh Tokef, an 11th century liturgical poem recited on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.^ The miraculous "Suzanne" for example, is a song towards which many songwriters have aspired, and it is Cohens descriptive use of details, along with one of his most haunting melodies, that distinguishes this astonishing song.
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^ As we recover, here comes Who By Fire, Cohen’s marvellous adaptation of an ancient Jewish prayer , and he closes on Heart with No Companion.
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^ People who had undergone the baptism of fire sang "Lili Marlene" though they thought it was the corniest song in the world.
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.Broader Judeo-Christian themes sound throughout the album Various Positions.^ Various Positions (Album) ◄ (8 versions) .
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^ Various Positions (CD, Album, RE) .
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^ Various Positions (CD, Album) .
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.Hallelujah, which has music as a secondary theme, begins by evoking the biblical king David composing a song that "pleased the Lord", and continues with references to Bathsheba and Samson.^ And we are lying beneath the thrones Far from the roof, the king, David, begins the ageless psalm which rings through caves and tears the cobwebs from the sleeper's face.
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.The lyrics of "Whither Thou Goest", performed by him and released in his album Live in London, are adapted from the Bible (Ruth 1:16-17, King James Version).^ Here he sang Marianne, but not Closing Time, and he finished with a Biblica adaption of ‘Whither Goest Thou’.
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^ Then again, his live renditions of every song was better than the album versions.
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^ Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 (Album) ◄ (4 versions) .
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If it be Your Will also has a strong air of religious resignation.
.In his concert in Ramat Gan, Israel, on the 24th of September 2009 Cohen spoke to the audience in Hebrew when using Jewish prayers and blessings.^ As we recover, here comes Who By Fire, Cohen’s marvellous adaptation of an ancient Jewish prayer , and he closes on Heart with No Companion.
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He opened the show with the first sentence of Ma Tovu. At the middle he used Baruch Hashem, and he ended the concert reciting the blessing of Birkat Cohanim.[42]
In his early career as a novelist, Beautiful Losers grappled with the mysticism of the Catholic/Iroquois Catherine Tekakwitha. Cohen has also been involved with Buddhism at least since the 1970s and in 1996 he was ordained a Buddhist monk. However, he still considers himself also a Jew: "I'm not looking for a new religion. I'm quite happy with the old one, with Judaism."[43]
He is described as an observant Jew in an article in The New York Times:
Mr. Cohen is an observant Jew who keeps the Sabbath even while on tour and performed for Israeli troops during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. So how does he square that faith with his continued practice of Zen?
."Allen Ginsberg asked me the same question many years ago," he said.^ Many years later, I turned to these songs in times of confusion and found a lot of answers in his writing sometimes to questions I wasn’t even asking.
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."Well, for one thing, in the tradition of Zen that I've practiced, there is no prayerful worship and there is no affirmation of a deity.^ One is distracted by this notion that there is such a thing as inspiration, that it comes fast and easy.
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^ I can’t actually remember what exact verses he sang (was sure there was one that wasn’t sung by Buckley) – that’s despite singing along to the whole thing.
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So theologically there is no challenge to any Jewish belief."[44]
.Having suffered from depression during much of his life (although less so with the onset of old age), Cohen has written much (especially in his early work) about depression and suicide.^ Much has been written about it.
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^ I knew nothing about Cohen, information was much harder to come by when there was no Internet.
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The wife of the protagonist of Beautiful Losers commits a gory suicide; "Seems So Long Ago, Nancy" is about a suicide; the darkly comic "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong" mentions suicide; "Dress Rehearsal Rag" is about a last-minute decision not to commit suicide; a general atmosphere of depression pervades such songs as "Please Don't Pass Me By" and "Tonight Will Be Fine". As in the aforementioned "Hallelujah", music itself is the subject of many songs, including "Tower of Song", "A Singer Must Die", and "Jazz Police".
Social justice often shows up as a theme in his work, where he seems, especially in later albums, to expound a leftist politics, albeit with culturally conservative elements. In "Democracy", he laments "the wars against disorder/ … the sirens night and day/ … the fires of the homeless/ … the ashes of the gay. He concludes that the United States is actually not a democracy. .He has made the observation (in Tower of Song) that, "the rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor/ And there's a mighty judgment coming."^ I dont know where the good songs come from or else Id go there more often.
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.In the title track of The Future he recasts this prophecy on a pacifist note: "I've seen the nations rise and fall/ …/ But love's the only engine of survival."^ And your second last photo is one of the best shots of a gig I’ve seen, it catches the mood and the falling light brilliantly.
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In "Anthem", he promises that "the killers in high places [who] say their prayers out loud/ … [are] gonna hear from me."
.Several Cohen songs speak of abortion, always either as something distasteful or even atrocious.^ I have to say I do like Cohen singing Hallelujah, even though the song has been done to death as you say.
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.In "The Future", he sings sarcastically "Destroy another fetus now/ We don't like children anyhow."^ I’m one of those people who don’t like Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah , and so I’m a bit disappointed when that’s what he sings, but hey, it’s his song, and he can do whatever he wants with it.
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In "Stories of the Street" Cohen speaks of "The age of lust is giving birth/ And both the parents ask/ The nurse to tell them fairy tales/ from both sides of the glass."
."Diamonds in the Mine" is often described as a song about abortion because of the lyric, "The only man of energy/ Yes the revolution's pride/ He trained a hundred women/ Just to kill an unborn child."^ Song: Diamonds in the Mine .
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.However, extensive research suggests this song is actually about the demise of the hedonism of the 1960s.^ I saw that the song could develop in about three or four different ways and there actually exist about three or four versions of "Democracy."
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The "man of energy" referred to is Charles Manson and the "unborn child" is Sharon Tate's unborn baby when the Manson "Family" committed the atrocities in 1969.[citation needed]
In "The Land of Plenty", he characterizes the United States (if not the opulent West in general) of benightedness: "May the lights in The Land of Plenty/ Shine on the truth some day."
.War is an enduring theme of Cohen's work that—in his earlier songs and early life—he approached ambivalently.^ And like both Simon and Dylan, Cohen will work and rework his songs until he achieves a kind of impossible perfection.
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.Challenged in 1974 over his serious demeanor in concerts and the military salutes he ended them with, Cohen remarked: "I sing serious songs, and I'm serious onstage because I couldn't do it any other way...I don't consider myself a civilian.^ The first group of songs, including Dance Me to the End of Love , Bird On a Wire and Everybody Knows , were done in grand, and faintly '80s, style, geared by sax and backing vocals, which is one way to corral Leonard Cohen's dark matter into concert mode.
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^ But on the keyboard, because you can set up patterns and rhythms, I can mock up songs in a way that I couldnt do with my guitar.
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^ I’m one of those people who don’t like Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah , and so I’m a bit disappointed when that’s what he sings, but hey, it’s his song, and he can do whatever he wants with it.
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I consider myself a soldier, and that's the way soldiers salute."[45] .In "Field Commander Cohen" he imagines himself (perhaps metaphorically) as a soldier/spy socializing with Fidel Castro in Cuba—where he had actually lived at the height of US-Cuba tensions in 1961, allegedly sporting a Che Guevara-style beard and military fatigues.^ Song: Field Commander Cohen .
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^ Lover, Lover, Lover Field Commander Cohen Why Don...
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.This song was actually written immediately following Cohen's front-line stint with the Israeli air force, the "fighting in Egypt" documented in an (again perhaps metaphorical) passage of "Night Comes On". In 1973, Cohen, who had traveled to Jerusalem to sign up on the Israeli side in the Yom Kippur War, had instead been assigned to a USO-style entertainer tour of front-line tank emplacements in the Sinai Desert, coming under fire.^ There aint anybody that Ive ever read who can come up with anything like the savagery, and I might say the accuracy that we laid on each other.
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^ But there are some old guys who hang in there and come up with some very interesting work.
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^ Song: Night Comes On .
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A poetic mention of then-General Ariel Sharon delivered in the same mode as his Fidel Castro allusions, has given birth to the legend that Cohen and Sharon shared cognac together during Cohen's term in the Sinai.
.Deeply moved by encounters with both Israeli and Arab soldiers, he left the country to write "Lover Lover Lover", which has often been interpreted as a personal renunciation of any part in such conflict, nonetheless ending with the hope his song will serve an unspecified listener as "a shield against the enemy". He would later remark, "'Lover, Lover, Lover' was born over there; The whole world has its eyes riveted on this tragic and complex conflict.^ Maybe some sense that this whole enterprise is limited, that there was an end in sight.
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Then again, I am faithful to certain ideas, inevitably. I hope that those of which I am in favour will gain."[46] Asked which side he supported in the Arab-Israeli conflict, Cohen responded, "I don't want to speak of wars or sides ... Personal process is one thing, it's blood, it's the identification one feels with their roots and their origins. The militarism I practice as a person and a writer is another thing. ... I don't wish to speak about war."[47]
His recent politics continue a lifelong predilection for the underdog, the "beautiful loser." .Whether recording "The Partisan", a French Resistance song by Anna Marly and Emmanuel d'Astier, or singing his own "The Old Revolution", written from the point of view of a defeated royalist, he has throughout his career through his music expressed his sympathy and support for the oppressed.^ So to find a song that I can sing, to engage my interest, to penetrate my boredom with myself and my disinterest in my own opinions, to penetrate those barriers, the song has to speak to me with a certain urgency.
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.Although Cohen's fascination with war is often as metaphor for more explicitly cultural and personal issues, as in New Skin for the Old Ceremony, by this measure his most "militant" album.^ New Skin For The Old Ceremony (LP, W/Lbl, Promo) .
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^ New Skin For The Old Ceremony (LP) .
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^ New Skin For The Old Ceremony (LP, Album, RE) .
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Cohen blends a good deal of pessimism about political/cultural issues with a great deal of humour and (especially in his later work) gentle acceptance. His wit contends with his stark analyses, as his songs are often verbally playful and even cheerful: In "Tower of Song", the famously raw-voiced Cohen sings ironically that he was "… born with the gift/ Of a golden voice." The generally dark "Is This What You Wanted?" nonetheless contains playful lines "You were the whore and the beast of Babylon/ I was Rin Tin Tin." In concert, he often plays around with his lyrics (for example, "If you want a doctor/ I'll examine every inch of you" from "I'm Your Man" will become "If you want a Jewish doctor …")He may introduce one song by using a phrase from another song or poem—for example, introducing "Leaving Green Sleeves" by paraphrasing his own "Queen Victoria": "This is a song for those who are not nourished by modern love."
.Cohen has also recorded such love songs as Irving Berlin's "Always" or the more obscure soul number "Be for Real" (originally sung by Marlena Shaw), chosen in part for their unlikely juxtaposition to his own work.^ I was just working on a line this morning for a song called "I Was Never Any Good at Loving You."
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^ In songs such as "Suzanne" and "Sisters of Mercy," Cohen moved beyond the realm of the popular song to reach into places previously untouched with words and music.
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^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
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[citation needed]

Lawsuits

On October 8, 2005, Cohen alleged that his longtime former manager, Kelley Lynch, misappropriated over US $5 million from Cohen's retirement fund leaving only $150,000.[48] Cohen was sued in turn by other former business associates.[48] These events placed him in the public spotlight, including a cover feature on him with the headline "Devastated!" in Canada's Maclean's magazine. In March 2006, Cohen won the civil suit and was awarded US $9 million by a Los Angeles County superior court. Lynch, however, ignored the suit and did not respond to a subpoena issued for her financial records.[49] As a result it has been widely reported that Cohen may never be able to collect the awarded amount.[50] In 2007, U.S. District Judge Lewis T. Babcock dismissed a claim by Cohen for more than US $4.5 million against Colorado investment firm Agile Group, and in 2008 he dismissed a defamation suit that Agile Group filed against Cohen.[51] Cohen has been under new management since April 2005.

Family life

In the 1960s, during his stay at Hydra, Cohen befriended the Scandinavian novelists Axel Jensen and Göran Tunström. He lived there with Axel's wife Marianne Jensen (now: Ihlen Stang) and their son Axel after they broke up. The song "So Long, Marianne" is about her.
According to biographer and filmmaker Harry Rasky, Cohen has been married once, to Los Angeles artist Suzanne Elrod. Although the two did have an important relationship in the 1970s, Cohen himself has said that "cowardice" and "fear" have prevented him from ever actually marrying[52][53]. .He had two children with Elrod: a son, Adam, was born in 1972 and a daughter, Lorca, named after poet Federico García Lorca, was born in 1974. Adam Cohen began his own career as a singer-songwriter in the mid-1990s and currently fronts a band called Low Millions.^ When I began songwriting, asked about my influences, the four people I always mentioned were Leonard Cohen, John Prine, John Irving and Guy Clark.
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.Elrod took the cover photograph on Cohen's Live Songs album and is pictured on the cover of the Death of a Ladies' Man album.^ I have to say I do like Cohen singing Hallelujah, even though the song has been done to death as you say.
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^ Then again, his live renditions of every song was better than the album versions.
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^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
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.Cohen and Elrod had split by 1979. Contrary to popular belief, "Suzanne", one of his best-known songs, refers to Suzanne Verdal, the former wife of his friend, the Québécois sculptor Armand Vaillancourt, rather than Elrod.^ Then I met Suzanne, who was the wife of Armand Villancour, a friend of mine.
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^ When I first started playing guitar and writing songs, one of the first songs I ever learned was "Suzanne."
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^ For one thing it’s been done to death but mostly it tickles taste buds which are the opposite of the ones my favorite Leonard Cohen songs hit.
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[54] In 1990, Cohen was romantically linked to actress Rebecca De Mornay. He is now romantically involved with (and working with) Anjani Thomas.

Titles and honours

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  • In 1968, Cohen refused a Governor General's Award (in category for English language poetry or drama) for Selected Poems 1956–1968.
  • In 1991, Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
  • In 1993, Cohen won the Juno Award for Male Vocalist of the Year.
  • In 1994, Cohen won another Juno Award this time for Songwriter of the Year.
  • In 1996, he was ordained a Rinzai Buddhist monk.
  • In 2002, Cohen was awarded a SNEP Award for more than 100,000 copies sold of Ten New Songs in France.
  • In 2003, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour.
  • In 2004, Beautiful Losers was chosen for inclusion in Canada Reads 2005.^ It was more than a couple of years.
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    ^ After 1993 Leonard Cohen lived several years at the Zen Center on Mount Baldy (a Buddhist monastery) in California.
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    ^ There he wrote another collection of poetry, Flowers for Hitler (1964), and two novels, The Favorite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966).
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    .It was selected and originally to be championed by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright; however, tour commitments meant that Wainwright had to be replaced by singer Molly Johnson.
  • In 2006, Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • In 2007, Cohen received a Grammy for Album of the Year as a featured artist on Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters.^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
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  • .
  • In 2008, Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.^ The Live Experience by psychonausea The Rock'N'Roll Hall Of Fame by stassen edit YouTube Videos .
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    ^ Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 (Performer).
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  • In June 2008 he was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec.[57]
  • .
  • In 2009 his album Live in London was Long Listed for the Polaris Music Prize[58]
  • In 2010, Cohen received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.^ Cohen Live (CD, Album) .
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    ^ Live In London (2xCD, Album) .
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    ^ Live In London (Album) ◄ (4 versions) .
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Discography

Studio albums

Title Release date
Songs of Leonard Cohen December 27, 1967
Songs from a Room April 1969
Songs of Love and Hate March 1971
New Skin for the Old Ceremony August 1974
Death of a Ladies' Man November 1977
Recent Songs September 1979
Various Positions December 1984
I'm Your Man February 1988
The Future November 24, 1992
Ten New Songs October 9, 2001
Dear Heather October 26, 2004

Tribute albums

Title Release date
I'm Your Fan 1991
Tower of Song 1995
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man 2006
Cohen - The Scandinavian Report 2009
.Many other cover albums have been recorded by many artists[60].^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
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Books

Film and Television

  • Cohen was the subject of the 1965 documentary Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen, directed by Donald Brittain and Don Owen and produced by the National Film Board of Canada. .This film, which pre-dates Cohen's career as a songwriter, explores his career as a well-known Canadian poet.^ In the beginning, Cohen was both a member of a Canadian country group called the Buckskins and a member of what is now known as the Montreal School of Poetry.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    [61] Cohen also appeared in Owen's 1967 film The Ernie Game, which was entered into the 18th Berlin International Film Festival.[62]
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  • Cohen's music also appeared the following year in the 1966 NFB animated short Angel.
  • In 1968 Cohen performed on the BBC, both on the Julie Felix Show and in his own special, split into two thirty minute shows.^ In songs such as "Suzanne" and "Sisters of Mercy," Cohen moved beyond the realm of the popular song to reach into places previously untouched with words and music.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    .The first clip still exists, while the second is only available as a bootleg CD [63].
  • His song The Partisan was in 1971 the theme from the RAI- TV (Italy) broadcast Habitat: l'uomo e l'ambiente (Habitat: Man and the Environment).
  • Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man was released in the United States on June 21, 2006. It prominently features a 2005 tribute concert to Cohen, "Came So Far For Beauty", held at the Sydney Opera House; the concert was produced by Hal Willner.^ After returning to America, he began his career as a singer, recording 11 studio albums: In 1992, a tribute with 18 songs was released, featuring REM, John Cale, Nick Cave, Ian McCulloch, The Pixies, House of Love and Lloyd Cole among others.
    • Leonard Cohen Discography at Discogs 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Real Name: Leonard Norman Cohen Profile: * 21 September 1934 in Montreal, Canada Canadian singer.
    • Leonard Cohen Discography at Discogs 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The Sleeping Beauty "You are brave", I told the Sleeping Beauty, "to climb these steps into my home, but I regret your man, the Kissing Prince, is gone."
    • Poetry - Leonard Cohen - The Spice-Box Of Earth 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: Original source]

    .The film, directed by Lian Lunson, has appearances by Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Antony of Antony and the Johnsons, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, and a performance of "Tower of Song" by Cohen and U2.^ Tower Of Song: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen (Cass, Comp) .
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    ^ Tower Of Song: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen (Comp) ◄ (3 versions) .
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    ^ Tower Of Song: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen (CD, Comp) .
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    .The film also features Cohen recalling significant parts of his life and career.
  • The Favourite Game (Le Jeu de l'ange), based on his novel of the same title, was released in Canada in 2003.
  • In 1985, Cohen co-wrote and co-composed Night Magic (starring Carole Laure) with fellow Quebecer, Lewis Furey.
  • Cohen narrated a documentary called The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life.
  • Cohen makes a cameo appearance performing "The Stranger Song" in the Canadian film The Ernie Game (1968), which is based on the stories of Bernard Cole Spencer.
  • Cohen is referenced in the Canadian film Looking for Leonard.
  • Three of Cohen's songs from his album The Future ("Waiting for the Miracle", "Anthem", and "The Future") are used in Oliver Stone's 1994 film Natural Born Killers.^ Les Succès De 1968 (LP) .
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    ^ Real Name: Leonard Norman Cohen Profile: * 21 September 1934 in Montreal, Canada Canadian singer.
    • Leonard Cohen Discography at Discogs 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ After returning to America, he began his career as a singer, recording 11 studio albums: In 1992, a tribute with 18 songs was released, featuring REM, John Cale, Nick Cave, Ian McCulloch, The Pixies, House of Love and Lloyd Cole among others.
    • Leonard Cohen Discography at Discogs 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    Songs from this album have also appeared in the films Wonder Boys (2000), starring Michael Douglas and The Life of David Gale (2003), starring Kevin Spacey.
  • Cohen is the subject of a two-part documentary, Leonard Cohen: Under Review 1934-1977 (2007) and Leonard Cohen: Under Review 1978-2006 (2008), available separately on DVD.
  • Cohen appeared in the role of villain Francois Zolan in the "French Twist" episode of the American television series Miami Vice (season 2, episode 17), originally broadcast on February 21, 1986.
  • The Song Of Leonard Cohen, a 1980 documentary by Harry Rasky, featuring Irving Layton, includes highlights from Cohen's 1979 tour and tracks from the LP Recent Songs.
  • I Am A Hotel, a Canadian-produced 25-minute song cycle/video starring Cohen and dancer Robert Desrosiers

See also

References

  1. ^ de Melo, Jessica (2009-12-11). "Leonard Cohen to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 2010 Grammys". Spinner Canada. Archived from the original on 2010-02-24. http://www.webcitation.org/5nmaflNd4. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ "Anjani: Songs of love and Leonard". The Independent (London). 2007-04-20. Archived from the original on 2010-02-23. http://www.webcitation.org/5nlSoyNjJ. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  3. ^ PopMatters, "Leonard Cohen's Back on Tour and He's Outstanding", 27 April 2009
  4. ^ Chamberlain, Adrian (2009-04-16). "A Leonard Cohen primer". Canwest News Service. Archived from the original on 2010-02-23. http://www.webcitation.org/5nlTqd5zA. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  5. ^ allmusic ((( Leonard Cohen > Biography )))
  6. ^ "Hall induction an 'unlikely occasion' for Leonard Cohen". The Toronto Star. 2008-03-11. Archived from the original on 2010-02-23. http://www.webcitation.org/5nlTIfDyB. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  7. ^ Hampson, Sarah (November 2007). "He Has Tried in His Way to Be Free". Shambhala Sun. Archived from the original on 2010-02-23. http://www.webcitation.org/5nlTMNCFf. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  8. ^ Richard Rees Jones, Leonard Cohen, Minnewaterpark, Bruges, Belgium, 10 July 2008, "Cohen’s music is a highly appealing form of central European folk, with clouds of acoustic and percussive invention augmented by achingly perfect vocal harmonies and touches of countryish electric and pedal steel guitar." Link
  9. ^ a b Rock and Roll Hall of Fame press release, "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces its Inductees for 2008," December 13, 2007. http://www.rockhall.com/pressroom/2008-inductee-announcement
  10. ^ Cohen, Leonard. Interview with Ray Martin. The Midday Show With Ray Martin. ABC. Sydney. May 24, 1985. Retrieved on 2008-10-01.
  11. ^ Williams, P. (n.d.) Leonard Cohen: The Romantic in a Ragpicker's Trade
  12. ^ Adria, Marco, "Chapter and Verse: Leonard Cohen," Music of Our Times: Eight Canadian Singer-Songwriters (Toronto: Lorimer, 1990), p. 28.
  13. ^ Listening to Leonard Cohen | Utne Reader
  14. ^ Warhol, Andy: Popism. Orlando: Harcourt Press, 1980.
  15. ^ "Sixties cronner Leonard Cohen makes comeback concert tour". London Evening Standard. 2008-03-13. Archived from the original on 2010-02-23. http://www.webcitation.org/5nlWizAPg. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  16. ^ Nadel, Ira B. Various Positions: a life of Leonard Cohen. New York: Random House,1996. Print
  17. ^ a b "On the Road, for Reasons Practical and Spiritual". The New York Times. 2009-02-24. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/arts/music/25cohe.html. 
  18. ^ de Lisle, T. (2004)Hallelujah: 70 things about Leonard Cohen at 70
  19. ^ Fitzgerald, J. (2001) Beautiful loser, beautiful comeback. The National Post, 24 March 2001.
  20. ^ (n.d.) "blue alert 2006" - Reviews.
  21. ^ (2006) "Cohen returns to limelight with bestselling book" CBC Online. Sunday, May 14, 2006.
  22. ^ leonardcohenforum.com • View topic - Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008
  23. ^ 2008 Tour schedule
  24. ^ Leonard Cohen reveals details of world tour | News | NME.COM
  25. ^ Glastonbury headliners revealed
  26. ^ BBC - Glastonbury 2008 - Leonard Cohen
  27. ^ Glastonbury says 'Hallelujah' to Leonard Cohen
  28. ^ The Idol Countdown: Five Essential Moments From Last Night's "American Idol". Rolling Stone. March 5, 2008. Retrieved on March 7, 2008.
  29. ^ "Leonard Cohen Dazzles At New York Tour Warm-Up". http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/leonard-cohen-dazzles-at-new-york-tour-warm-1003943330.story. Retrieved February 20, 2009. 
  30. ^ "Leonard Cohen donates £90,000 to Australian bushfire victims". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/feb/10/leonard-cohen-australian-bushfire-donation. 
  31. ^ "Leonard Cohen donates concert profits to bushfire relief fund". Herald Sun. 2009-02-11. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25037004-5012974,00.html. 
  32. ^ http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1246443798463&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull.
  33. ^ "Leonard Cohen's blessed summer finale". Jerusalem Post. September 26, 2009. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1253820682564&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  34. ^ 17/Aug/2009 - Amnesty International and the Leonard Cohen Fund for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace
  35. ^ A concert for tolerance and peace? For shame! by Chris Selley, National Post, September 08, 2009.
  36. ^ Leonard Cohen's Ramallah gig called off by Rachelle Kliger, Jerusalem Post, July 13, 2009.
  37. ^ "Leonard Cohen OK after fainting on stage". CBC News. 2009-09-19. http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/story/2009/09/19/cohen-collapse.html. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  38. ^ "Leonard Cohen collapses on stage". BBC News. 2009-09-19. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8264447.stm. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  39. ^ YouTube - Cohen laudes the Bereaved Families for Peace
  40. ^ YouTube - Cohen blesses crowd with the Priestly Blessing
  41. ^ "Music's Top 40 Money Makers". Billboard. 2010-02-26. http://www.billboard.com/#/news/money-makers-page-1-1004071200.story. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  42. ^ Cohen using Jewish prayers and blessings in Hebrew in his concert in Israel
  43. ^ "Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen's head?" The Guardian. September 17, 2004.
  44. ^ See Larry Rohter. On the Road, for Reasons Practical and Spiritual. The New York Times, February 25, 2009.For an extended discussion of the Jewish mystical and Buddhist motifs in Cohen's songs and poems, see Elliot R. Wolfson, New Jerusalem Glowing: Songs and Poems of Leonard Cohen in a Kabbalistic Key, Kabbalah: A Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts 15 (2006): 103-152.
  45. ^ http://www.webheights.net/speakingcohen/spain1.htm
  46. ^ (2001) "Cohen: Lover Lover Lover est né là-bas... Le monde entier a les yeux rivés sur ce conflit tragique et complexe. Alors, je suis fidèle à certaines idées, forcément. J'espère que ceux dont je suis partisan vont gagner.." L'Express, France, 04 octobre 2001
  47. ^ (1974)[1] 1974 in Barcelona, Spain. Published in 'Leonard Cohen' by Alberto Manzano, published in 1978.
  48. ^ a b Glaister, Dan (2005-10-08). "Cohen stays calm as $5m disappears". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/oct/08/usa.topstories3. 
  49. ^ "Leonard Cohen awarded $9 million in civil suit". CTV.ca. March 2, 2006. http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060302/leonard_cohen_060302/20060302?hub=Canada. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  50. ^ "Leonard Cohen 'unlikely' to recover stolen millions: Funds taken by ex-manager going to be hard to recover". NME. March 3, 2006. http://www.nme.com/news/leonard-cohen/22406. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  51. ^ "Defamation Suit Against Songwriter Cohen Is Dropped (Update2)". Bloomberg News. June 17, 2008. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601082&sid=aYT7tI_tphK4&refer=canada. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  52. ^ http://www.webheights.net/speakingcohen/sl2001.htm
  53. ^ "Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen's head?". The Guardian. September 17, 2004. http://arts.guardian.co.uk/fridayreview/story/0,12102,1305765,00.html. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  54. ^ ""And she feeds you tea and oranges..." The Story of Suzanne". The National. CBC. 3 February 2006. http://www.cbc.ca/national/news/suzanne/. 
  55. ^ Leopold, Todd (4 February 2008). "Herbie Hancock rides on the 'River'". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/02/04/herbie.hancock/index.html. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  56. ^ "Indictees for 2008". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame official website. 2007-12-13. http://www.rockhall.com/pressroom/2008-inductee-announcement/. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  57. ^ "Quarante-neuf personnalités nommées ou promues dans l'Ordre national du Québec" (in French). Government of Quebec. 2008-06-03. http://www.premier-ministre.gouv.qc.ca/salle-de-presse/communiques/2008/juin/2008-06-03-en.shtml. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  58. ^ ^ "CBC Radio3 Announces Polaris Prize Longlist", June 15, 2009.
  59. ^ "Clark Terry Receives 2010 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award". All About Jazz. January 25, 2010. http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=48485. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  60. ^ http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/covers.html
  61. ^ Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen, NFB.ca
  62. ^ "IMDB.com: Awards for The Ernie Game". imdb.com. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060375/awards. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  63. ^ Leonard Cohen BBC-TV Summer 1968

Further reading

  • (French) Gilles Tordjman, Leonard Cohen, Le Castor Astral, Paris, 2006. ISBN 978-2-85920-671-X

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Here I stand, I'm your man.
.Leonard Norman Cohen (born 1934-09-21) is a Canadian poet, songwriter, singer, and novelist.^ September 21, 1934: Leonard Cohen is born in Montreal, Canada.
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^ Leonard Cohen '09 .
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^ Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist.
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Ah, you loved me as a loser, but now you're worried that I just might win...
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I do not think that a saint dissolves the chaos even for himself, for there is something arrogant and warlike in the notion of a man setting the universe in order.
^ I do not think that a saint dissolves the chaos even for himself, for there is something arrogant and warlike in the notion of a man setting the universe in order.
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^ That the old man engaging in the young man’s tour game is as much about practicality as anything else echoes something he said 24 years ago: “I don’t think there is any other consideration but practical.
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^ Aurora : I have a sense that the songs on I'm Your Man are more direct than some of your previous works, that there's something less allegorical about them.
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It is a kind of balance that is his glory...
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I don't consider myself a pessimist at all.
^ I don't consider myself a pessimist at all.
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^ "Only in Canada could somebody with a voice like mine win 'Vocalist of the Year'."-first words of his speech accepting the Juno Award for Best Male Vocalist in Canada (1992) "I don't consider myself a pessimist at all.
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^ Of course, I am like my songs; but I don't consider myself sad, so I don't think my songs are sad.
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.I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain.^ I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain.
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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And I feel completely soaked to the skin.
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I never set out to be difficult or obscure.
^ I never set out to be difficult or obscure.
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^ Interview with BBC Radio 1FM (1994) People used to say my music was too difficult or too obscure, and I never set out to be difficult or obscure.
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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.I just set out to write what I felt as honestly as I could, and I am delighted when other people feel a part of themselves in the music.
  • What is a saint?^ I just set out to write what I felt as honestly as I could, and I am delighted when other people feel a part of themselves in the music.
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    ^ You could say that God is speaking to you or the cosmos, or your lover.
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    ^ I'd never been your lover "Song", The Spice-Box of Earth (1961) Rust rust rust in the engines of love and time "Front Lawn", Flowers for Hitler (1964) What is a saint?
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    .A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility.^ A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility.
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    .It is impossible to say what that possibility is.^ It is impossible to say what that possibility is.
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    .I think it has something to do with the energy of love.
    Contact with this energy results in the exercise of a kind of balance in the chaos of existence.^ Contact with this energy results in the exercise of a kind of balance in the chaos of existence.
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    ^ I think that it has something to do with the energy of love.
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    ^ I think it has something to do with the energy of love.
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    .A saint does not dissolve the chaos; if he did the world would have changed long ago.^ A saint does not dissolve the chaos; if he did the world would have changed long ago.
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    ^ His iconic status is nothing new; the famous ladies man established himself as one of the world's poetic greats long ago.
    • The icon 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.canada.com [Source type: News]

    ^ I long ago discovered that I inevitably tested new friends with Cohen’s music when first they would visit my home, (wherever that has been over the years).
    • Sandalford Wines | Leonard Cohen Forum | Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.sandalford.com [Source type: General]

    .I do not think that a saint dissolves the chaos even for himself, for there is something arrogant and warlike in the notion of a man setting the universe in order.^ I do not think that a saint dissolves the chaos even for himself, for there is something arrogant and warlike in the notion of a man setting the universe in order.
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    ^ That the old man engaging in the young man’s tour game is as much about practicality as anything else echoes something he said 24 years ago: “I don’t think there is any other consideration but practical.
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    ^ Aurora : I have a sense that the songs on I'm Your Man are more direct than some of your previous works, that there's something less allegorical about them.
    • Aurora online with Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC aurora.icaap.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It is a kind of balance that is his glory.
    He rides the drifts like an escaped ski.^ He rides the drifts like an escaped ski.
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    ^ It is a kind of balance that is his glory.
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    ^ It is a kind of balance that is his glory...
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .His course is the caress of the hill.^ His course is the caress of the hill.
    • LEONARD COHEN BIOGRAPHY 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.sing365.com [Source type: General]

    .His track is a drawing of the snow in a moment of its particular arrangement with wind and rock.^ His track is a drawing of the snow in a moment of its particular arrangement with wind and rock.
    • MySpace - Leonard Cohen - 75 - Male - New York - myspace.com/leonardcohen131 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • LEONARD COHEN BIOGRAPHY 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.sing365.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Something in him so loves the world that he gives himself to the laws of gravity and chance.^ Something in him so loves the world that he gives himself to the laws of gravity and chance.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • LEONARD COHEN BIOGRAPHY 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.sing365.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Leonard is a class act and I thank him sincerely for giving me something I will never forget.
    • Leonard Cohen concert nothing short of a religious experience 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.vancouversun.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It sounds as though this would distance him from the audience, but it didn’t; it’s his way of reaching deep within himself to give the greatest emotional power to each song.
    • neo-neocon » Blog Archive » Leonard Cohen comes to Boston 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC neoneocon.com [Source type: General]

    .Far from flying with the angels, he traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape.
    His house is dangerous and finite, but he is at home in the world.^ Far from flying with the angels, he traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ His house is dangerous and finite, but he is at home in the world.
    • MySpace - Leonard Cohen - 75 - Male - New York - myspace.com/leonardcohen131 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • LEONARD COHEN BIOGRAPHY 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.sing365.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Far from flying with angels, he traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape.
    • MySpace - Leonard Cohen - 75 - Male - New York - myspace.com/leonardcohen131 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]
    • LEONARD COHEN BIOGRAPHY 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.sing365.com [Source type: General]

    .He can love the shape of human beings, the fine and twisted shapes of the heart.^ He can love the shape of human beings, the fine and twisted shapes of the heart.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • LEONARD COHEN BIOGRAPHY 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.sing365.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It is good to have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love.
  • God is alive.^ It is good to have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is good to have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love."
    • MySpace - Leonard Cohen - 75 - Male - New York - myspace.com/leonardcohen131 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: General]
    • LEONARD COHEN BIOGRAPHY 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.sing365.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Beautiful Losers (1966) God is alive.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Magic is afoot.
    God is alive.^ God Is Alive Magic Is Afoot lyrics 49.
    • Leonard Cohen Lyrics 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.kovideo.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ God Is Alive Magic Is A Foot lyrics 47.
    • Leonard Cohen Lyrics 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.kovideo.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Magic is afoot. God is afoot. Magic is alive. Alive is afoot. .Magic never died.^ Magic never died.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]

    .God never sickened.^ God never sickened.
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]

    .Many poor men lied.^ Many sick men lied.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Many poor men lied.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]

    .Many sick men lied.^ Many poor men lied.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Many sick men lied.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]

    .Magic never weakened.^ Magic never weakened.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]

    .Magic never hid.^ Magic never hid.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]

    .Magic always ruled.^ Magic always ruled.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]

    God is afoot. .God was ruler though his funeral lengthened.^ God was ruler though his funeral lengthened.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]

    .Though his mourners thickened Magic never fled...^ Though his mourners thickened Magic never fled ...
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Though his mourners thickened Magic never fled...
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • Beautiful Losers (1966)
  • It was only when you walked away I saw you had the perfect ass.^ And I feel completely soaked to the skin."-from interview with The Daily Telegraph (1993) "It was only when you walked away I saw you had the perfect ass.
    • Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Beautiful Losers (1966) God is alive.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Beautiful Losers (1966) It was only when you walked away I saw you had the perfect ass.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Forgive me for not falling in love with your face or your conversation.^ Forgive me for not falling in love with your face or your conversation.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Forgive me for not falling in love with your face or your conversation."-from The Energy of Slaves (1972) "Well, maybe there's a God above/ But all I've ever learned from love/ Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya"-from "Hallelujah" (1984) .
    • Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • The Energy of Slaves (1972)
  • Only in Canada could somebody with a voice like mine win 'Vocalist of the Year'.
    • First words of his speech accepting the Juno Award for Best Male Vocalist in Canada (1992)
  • I am so often accused of gloominess and melancholy.^ By 1993 he had learned to laugh at his voice and his country, accepting a Juno Award: “Only in a country like Canada could I get the best male vocalist of the year.” In 2003 he was made a Companion to the Order of Canada by now Governor-General Clarkson.
    • He's our man 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.canada.com [Source type: General]

    ^ "Only in Canada could somebody with a voice like mine win 'Vocalist of the Year'."-first words of his speech accepting the Juno Award for Best Male Vocalist in Canada (1992) "I don't consider myself a pessimist at all.
    • Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ First words of his speech accepting the Juno Award for Best Male Vocalist in Canada (1992) I am so often accused of gloominess and melancholy.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .And I think I'm probably the most cheerful man around.^ And I think I'm probably the most cheerful man around.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I don't consider myself a pessimist at all.^ I don't consider myself a pessimist at all.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Only in Canada could somebody with a voice like mine win 'Vocalist of the Year'."-first words of his speech accepting the Juno Award for Best Male Vocalist in Canada (1992) "I don't consider myself a pessimist at all.
    • Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

    .I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain.^ I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .And I feel completely soaked to the skin.
    ...^ And I feel completely soaked to the skin."-from interview with The Daily Telegraph (1993) "It was only when you walked away I saw you had the perfect ass.
    • Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ And I feel completely soaked to the skin.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I think those descriptions of me are quite inappropriate to the gravity of the predicament that faces us all.^ I think those are the details that delight us.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I think those descriptions of me are quite inappropriate to the gravity of the predicament that faces us all.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Peter Whitmey April 20, 2009 - 8:37 PM Flag this as Inappropriate I am very envious of all those who were at the concert.
    • Leonard Cohen concert nothing short of a religious experience 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.vancouversun.com [Source type: General]

    I've always been free from hope. .It's never been one of my great solaces.^ It's never been one of my great solaces.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ One of my favorite Cohen songs, "Do I Have To Dance All Night" was performed many times in concerts but was never released in the US .
    • LeonardCohenSearch — Leonard Cohen Web Directory and Custom Search Engine 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC leonardcohensearch.com [Source type: General]

    ^ With that all I can say is that I will never forget this concert and just like several other people before me I will count it as one of the best experiences of my life.
    • Leonard Cohen Sells Out Fox Theatre Tuesday | Atlanta Music Scene 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC blogs.ajc.com [Source type: General]

    .I feel that more and more we're invited to make ourselves strong and cheerful.^ I feel that more and more we're invited to make ourselves strong and cheerful.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .... .I think that it was Ben Jonson who said, I have studied all the theologies and all the philosophies, but cheerfulness keeps breaking through.^ I think that it was Ben Jonson who said, I have studied all the theologies and all the philosophies, but cheerfulness keeps breaking through.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But I think it was Noel Harrison who came up to me in the LA Troubadour and said ‘How d’you like living with Beethoven?’” .
    • The 2008 Leonard Cohen Field Guide 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC 1heckofaguy.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • Now, I don't want to give you the impression that I'm a great musicologist, but I'm a lot better than what I was described as for a long, long time; you know, people said I only knew three chords when I knew five.^ You know, people said I only knew three chords when I knew five."
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It took you a long time to finish?
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You are a better interpretor than me.
    • Leonard Cohen: Anthem – 朱平:生意人,悅日人,漣漪人 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC pingchu.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .
    • Interview with BBC Radio 1FM (1994)
  • I feel that, you know, the enormous luck I've had in being able to make a living, and to never have had to have written one word that I didn't want to write, to be able to have satisfied that dictum I set for myself, which was not to work for pay, but to be paid for my work — just to be able to satisfy those standards that I set for myself has been an enormous privilege.^ Interview with BBC Radio 1FM (1994) I feel that, you know, the enormous luck I've had in being able to make a living, and to never have had to have written one word that I didn't want to write, to be able to have satisfied that dictum I set for myself, which was not to work for pay, but to be paid for my work — just to be able to satisfy those standards that I set for myself has been an enormous privilege.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Interview with BBC Radio 1FM (1994) People used to say my music was too difficult or too obscure, and I never set out to be difficult or obscure.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is pleasant to work with people that you know.
    • Record of the Year: Leonard Cohen - Steve Klingaman - Open Salon 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC open.salon.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • Interview with BBC Radio 1FM (1994)
  • People used to say my music was too difficult or too obscure, and I never set out to be difficult or obscure.^ Interview with BBC Radio 1FM (1994) People used to say my music was too difficult or too obscure, and I never set out to be difficult or obscure.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I never set out to be difficult or obscure.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Interview with BBC Radio 1FM (1994) I feel that, you know, the enormous luck I've had in being able to make a living, and to never have had to have written one word that I didn't want to write, to be able to have satisfied that dictum I set for myself, which was not to work for pay, but to be paid for my work — just to be able to satisfy those standards that I set for myself has been an enormous privilege.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I just set out to write what I felt as honestly as I could, and I am delighted when other people feel a part of themselves in the music.
    • As quoted in Los Angeles Times (24 September 1995)
  • This is the very contrary of dropping out.^ As quoted in Los Angeles Times (24 September 1995) This is the very contrary of dropping out.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I just set out to write what I felt as honestly as I could, and I am delighted when other people feel a part of themselves in the music.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "I feel myself a very minor writer," he told the Los Angeles Times' Robert Hilburn in 1995.
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]
    • Take this longing from my tongue - Salon.com 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: General]

    .Most people can't wait to get home to their house or apartment and shut that door and turn on the TV. To me, that's dropping out.^ Most people can't wait to get home to their house or apartment and shut that door and turn on the TV. To me, that's dropping out.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • On his living at a Zen center, as quoted in Los Angeles Times (24 September 1995)
  • "You have loved enough, now let me be the lover."^ "Love Itself" You whisper, "You have loved enough, Now let me be the Lover."
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ On his living at a Zen center, as quoted in Los Angeles Times (24 September 1995) "You have loved enough, now let me be the lover."
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As quoted in Los Angeles Times (24 September 1995) This is the very contrary of dropping out.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .You could say that God is speaking to you or the cosmos, or your lover.^ You could say that God is speaking to you or the cosmos, or your lover.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Jan 26 2010 7:01 PM "You will see it with your own eyes and say, 'Great is YAHWEH -- even beyond the borders of Israel!'
    • Leonard Cohen on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ October 22, 2009 2:51 pm Link The least you could do is tell us what the plaque says.
    • Chelsea Hotel Will Remember Leonard Cohen Well - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

    .It just means, like, Forget it.^ It just means, like, Forget it.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ With that all I can say is that I will never forget this concert and just like several other people before me I will count it as one of the best experiences of my life.
    • Leonard Cohen Sells Out Fox Theatre Tuesday | Atlanta Music Scene 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC blogs.ajc.com [Source type: General]

    .Lean back and be loved by all that is already loving you.^ Lean back and be loved by all that is already loving you.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I loved you, baby, way back when.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ 'And she shows you where to look Among the garbage and the flowers There are heroes in the seaweed There are children in the morning They are leaning out for love And they will lean that way forever' .
    • Cohen, Leonard - Fun Facts, Answers, Factoids, Info, Information 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.funtrivia.com [Source type: General]

    .It is your effort at love that is preventing you from experiencing it.
    It is like if you ever taught kids how to swim.^ It is like if you ever taught kids how to swim.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is your effort at love that is preventing you from experiencing it.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ 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.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The most difficult thing is Goddam to understand that they will float, if they relax, if they hold their breath and relax, they will actually float.^ The most difficult thing is Goddam to understand that they will float, if they relax, if they hold their breath and relax, they will actually float.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .For most kids it is difficult to swim.^ For most kids it is difficult to swim.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .They feel they are going to sink like a stone to the bottom of the lake.^ They feel they are going to sink like a stone to the bottom of the lake.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    • On the lyrics to "You Have Loved Enough" in an interview released at the Ten New Songs site (2001)

Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river...
Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower...
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
I told you when I came I was a stranger.
Please understand, I never had a secret chart
to get me to the heart of this
or any other matter.
.
But let's not talk of love or chains and things we can't untie,
your eyes are soft with sorrow,
Hey, that's no way to say goodbye.
  • Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river.
    You can hear the boats go by,
    You can spend the night beside her,
    And you know that she's half crazy
    But that's why you want to be there,
    And she feeds you tea and oranges
    That come all the way from China.^ When it all comes down to dust I will help you if I must, I will kill you if I can.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Especially if you go to No Fun.
    • Leonard Cohen | The Volume 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www3.timeoutny.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I know that you will have many more to come.


    .And just when you mean to tell her
    That you have no love to give her
    Then she gets you on her wavelength
    And she lets the river answer
    That you've always been her lover.
    ^ And just when you mean to tell her That you have no love to give her Then she gets you on her wavelength And she lets the river answer That you've always been her lover.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I've always loved country music.
    • Aurora online with Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC aurora.icaap.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Love Itself" You whisper, "You have loved enough, Now let me be the Lover."
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .And you want to travel with her,
    And you want to travel blind,
    And you know that she will trust you,
    For you've touched her perfect body with your mind.
  • And she shows you where to look
    Among the garbage and the flowers.

    There are heroes in the seaweed,
    There are children in the morning,
    They are leaning out for love,
    And they will lean that way forever,
    While Suzanne holds the mirror.^ And you want to travel with her, And you want to travel blind, And you know that she will trust you, For you've touched her perfect body with your mind.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I loved you, baby, way back when.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There are heroes in the seaweed, There are children in the morning, They are leaning out for love, And they will lean that way forever, While Suzanne holds the mirror.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • "Suzanne"
  • And Jesus was a sailor
    When he walked upon the water
    And he spent a long time watching
    From his lonely wooden tower
    And when he knew for certain
    Only drowning men could see him
    He said "All men will be sailors then
    Until the sea shall free them"
    But he himself was broken
    Long before the sky would open
    Forsaken, almost human
    He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
    • "Suzanne"
  • It's true that all the men you knew were dealers
    who said they were through with dealing
    Every time you gave them shelter.^ But I would not at all want to see this at Coachella.
    • Leonard Cohen '09 - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Message Board 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC coachella.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You never knew who’d be there.
    • | fyimusic.ca 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC fyimusic.ca [Source type: General]

    ^ "You said to me then, you preferred handsome men, but for me you would make an exception ...
    • Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen's head? | Music | The Guardian 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]


    .I know that kind of man
    It's hard to hold the hand of anyone
    who is reaching for the sky just to surrender.
    ^ I just know that the work got really hard.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I know that kind of man It's hard to hold the hand of anyone who is reaching for the sky just to surrender.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Some standouts include the gorgeous “Boogie Street,” the hard-edged “Everybody Knows,” “Who By Fire,” as transformed by Javier Mas, “I’m Your Man” as transformed by Leonard, and “Whither Thou Goest” as transformed by the Webb sisters.
    • Record of the Year: Leonard Cohen - Steve Klingaman - Open Salon 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC open.salon.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • "The Stranger Song" (1966)
  • Like any dealer he was watching for the card
    that is so high and wild
    he'll never need to deal another.^ "The Stranger Song" (1966) Like any dealer he was watching for the card that is so high and wild he'll never need to deal another.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But we would need good political songs - songs like “We shall overcome”, “Blowin’ in the wind”, or “The times, they are a-changin’” during the Civil Rights era.

    ^ There are songs like "Dress Rehearsal Rag" that I recorded once and I will never sing.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]


    .He was just some Joseph looking for a manger.^ PM on September 5, 2005 His manager was just some Joseph looking for a manger.
    • Leonard Cohen is broke. | MetaFilter 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: General]

    ^ He was just some Joseph looking for a manger.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • "The Stranger Song"
  • I told you when I came I was a stranger.
    • "The Stranger Song"
  • It's you my love, you who are the stranger.^ "The Stranger Song" It's you my love, you who are the stranger.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ On the lyrics to "You Have Loved Enough" in an interview released at the Ten New Songs site (2001) [ edit ] Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) .
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I remember Marianne looking at my notebook, seeing this song and asking, "Whod you write this for?"
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • "The Stranger Song"
  • Please understand, I never had a secret chart
    to get me to the heart of this
    or any other matter.

    When he talks like this
    you don't know what he's after.^ You never liked to get The letters that I sent.
    • Leonard Cohen .PL 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC leonardcohen.pl [Source type: General]

    ^ It don't matter how you worship.
    • Aurora online with Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC aurora.icaap.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Please understand, I never had a secret chart to get me to the heart of this or any other matter.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • "The Stranger Song"
  • 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.^ They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "The Stranger Song" Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ His first wave material, songs like “Suzanne,” “So Long, Marianne,” and “Sisters of Mercy,” do not crowd out the later material by any stretch.
    • Record of the Year: Leonard Cohen - Steve Klingaman - Open Salon 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC open.salon.com [Source type: General]


    .And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.^ And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .Oh I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long.^ Oh I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Then I think you’re playing far too rough for a lady who’s been to the moon; I’ve lain by this window long enough to get used to an empty room.
    • neo-neocon » Blog Archive » Dance me to Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC neoneocon.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ And you want to travel with her, And you want to travel blind, And you know that she will trust you, For you've touched her perfect body with your mind.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • "Sisters of Mercy"
  • Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control,
    It begins with your family, and soon it comes round to your soul.^ So yes, look for that to be coming to a theatre near you REAL soon.
    • .: chromewaves.net v7.5 » Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.chromewaves.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "Sisters of Mercy" Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control, It begins with your family, and soon it comes round to your soul.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "When things went wrong, does it make any sense that you would make your warnings available to the only person in the cosmos who had an interest in deceiving me?


    .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.
    • "Sisters of Mercy"
  • When they lay down beside me I made my confession to them.^ "Sisters of Mercy" When they lay down beside me I made my confession to them.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ 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.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I've got to say my prayers.
    • Poetry - Leonard Cohen - The Spice-Box Of Earth 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: Original source]


    .They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.^ They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .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"
  • When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon.^ 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.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As soon as he did, they loved him.
    • Interview: Leonard Cohen | From the Observer | The Observer 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    ^ "Sisters of Mercy" When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .Don't turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon.^ Don't turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Since I don’t, you should head over to his website and pick it up for yourselves — and if you get the new one, too, let me know how it turned out, will you?
    • Leonard Cohen — Cover Lay Down 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC coverlaydown.com [Source type: General]


    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.
    • "Sisters of Mercy"
  • I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm,
    Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm,
    Yes many loved before us, I know that we are not new,
    In city and in forest they smiled like me and you,
    But let's not talk of love or chains and things we can't untie,
    your eyes are soft with sorrow,
    Hey, that's no way to say goodbye.
    • "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye"

Songs from a Room (1969)

.
Like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.
  • Like a bird on the wire,
    like a drunk in a midnight choir
    I have tried in my way to be free.
    • "Bird on the Wire"
  • You who build these altars now
    to sacrifice these children,
    you must not do it anymore.^ "Bird on the Wire" You who build these altars now to sacrifice these children, you must not do it anymore.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Bird On A Wire was the first Cohen song I ever heard, lying under the coffee table and listening to my mother’s scratchy old Songs From A Room LP. “Like a baby still-born, like a beast with his horn, I have torn everyone who reached out for me.” At 11 or whatever i was, I had never heard anything like that.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ "Sisters of Mercy" Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control, It begins with your family, and soon it comes round to your soul.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .A scheme is not a vision
    and you never have been tempted
    by a demon or a god.
    ^ A scheme is not a vision and you never have been tempted by a demon or a god.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • "Story of Isaac"
  • When it all comes down to dust I will kill you if I must, I will help you if I can.^ When it all comes down to dust I will help you if I must, I will kill you if I can.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Story of Isaac" When it all comes down to dust I will kill you if I must, I will help you if I can.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Sisters of Mercy" Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control, It begins with your family, and soon it comes round to your soul.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .When it all comes down to dust I will help you if I must, I will kill you if I can.^ When it all comes down to dust I will help you if I must, I will kill you if I can.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Story of Isaac" When it all comes down to dust I will kill you if I must, I will help you if I can.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Sisters of Mercy" Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control, It begins with your family, and soon it comes round to your soul.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    • "Story of Isaac"
  • Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows
    • "The Old Revolution"

Various Positions (1984)

There's a blaze of light in every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah
.
I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you.
  • Now I've heard there was a secret chord
    That David played, and it pleased the Lord
    But you don't really care for music, do you?

    It goes like this the fourth, the fifth
    The minor fall, the major lift
    The baffled king composing Hallelujah
  • You say I took the name in vain
    I don't even know the name
    But if I did, well really, what's it to you?^ But now it feels like you’ve given it back to me Bock.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ There's a blaze of light in every word It doesn't matter which you heard The holy or the broken Hallelujah "Hallelujah" I did my best, it wasn't much I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I’ve given up trying to convey a sense of what the evening was like, and saying you had to be there is pure provocation to the hard-done-by.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]


    .There's a blaze of light in every word
    It doesn't matter which you heard
    The holy or the broken Hallelujah
    • "Hallelujah"
  • I did my best, it wasn't much
    I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
    I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you.^ There's a blaze of light in every word It doesn't matter which you heard The holy or the broken Hallelujah "Hallelujah" I did my best, it wasn't much I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There's a blaze of light in every word It doesn't matter which you heard The holy or the broken Hallelujah I did my best, it wasn't much I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You know that weird musician friend of yours that would be huge if he wasn't such an asshole and didn't smoke so much pot?
    • Leonard Cohen News - Topix 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.topix.net [Source type: General]


    And even though it all went wrong
    I'll stand before the Lord of Song
    With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah.
    • "Hallelujah"
  • Complain, complain, that's all you've done ever since we lost,
    If it's not the crucifixion then it's the holocaust
    • "The Captain"

Warsaw concert (1985)

Concert at Congress Hall in the Palace of Culture, Warsaw, Poland (22 March 1985)
.I respect your struggles.^ I respect your struggles.
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Concert at Congress Hall in the Palace of Culture, Warsaw, Poland (22 March 1985) I respect your struggles.
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

And it may surprise you, but I respect both sides of this struggle.
.
I would like to say to you, to the leaders of the left, and the leaders of the right, I sing...
^ Would you like to comment?
  • Leonard Cohen on Flickr - Photo Sharing! 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.flickr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I would like to say to you, to the leaders of the left, and the leaders of the right, I sing...
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I’ve given up trying to convey a sense of what the evening was like, and saying you had to be there is pure provocation to the hard-done-by.
  • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

I sing for everyone. My song has no flag, my song has no party.
.
I know there is an eye that watches all of us.
^ Introducing "Chelsea Hotel #2" I know there is an eye that watches all of us.
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I know there is an eye that watches all of us.
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.There is a judgment that weighs everything we do.
  • I come from a country where we do not have the same struggles as you have.^ There is a judgment that weighs everything we do.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I come from a country where we do not have the same struggles as you have.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Sisters of Mercy" Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control, It begins with your family, and soon it comes round to your soul.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I respect your struggles.^ I respect your struggles.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Concert at Congress Hall in the Palace of Culture, Warsaw, Poland (22 March 1985) I respect your struggles.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .And it may surprise you, but I respect both sides of this struggle.
    It seems to be that in Europe there needs to be a left foot and a right foot to move forward.^ And it may surprise you, but I respect both sides of this struggle.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is on both sides of the struggle men of good will.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It seems to be that in Europe there needs to be a left foot and a right foot to move forward.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    I wish that both feet move forward and the body moves towards its proper destiny. .This is an intense country; the people are heroic, the spirit is independent.^ This is an intense country; the people are heroic, the spirit is independent.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It is a difficult country to govern, it needs a strong government and a strong union.^ It is a difficult country to govern, it needs a strong government and a strong union.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ... .I would like to say to you, to the leaders of the left, and the leaders of the right, I sing...^ I’ve given up trying to convey a sense of what the evening was like, and saying you had to be there is pure provocation to the hard-done-by.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Earlier you said that you could only write something that you would be able to sing, that -- Im not trying to suggest that this has any dimension or hierarchy of better, worse.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You also have the line "The maestro says its Mozart, but it sounds like bubble-gum."
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    I sing for everyone. .My song has no flag, my song has no party.^ Everyone basked in the glory and memory of the lifetime of songs, no doubt recalling highlights and lowlights from my own existence.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    .And I say the prayer, that we said in our synagogue, I say it for the leader of your union and the leader of your party.^ And I say the prayer, that we said in our synagogue, I say it for the leader of your union and the leader of your party.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .May the Lord put a spirit, a wisdom and understanding into the hearts of your leaders and into the hearts of all their counsellors.^ May the Lord put a spirit, a wisdom and understanding into the hearts of your leaders and into the hearts of all their counsellors.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Let the rivers fill Let the hills rejoice Let your mercy spill On all these burning hearts in hell If it be your will To make us well .
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If you crave folk/rock music that speaks from the heart, invite Allison Crowe into your home this Christmas season.
    • Allison Crowe Tidings Christmas Leonard Cohen Rolling Stones Joni Mitchell Beatles 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.allisoncrowe.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • Introducing "Who by Fire"
  • I have no program, I have no five-year plan. ...^ Oh and If I hear you've been at the Chelsea Hotel there'll be no doubt about who by fire.

    ^ As my deceased friend who introduced me to Leonard 15 years ago would have said, “It was a religious experience”.
    • Leonard Cohen Sells Out Fox Theatre Tuesday | Atlanta Music Scene 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC blogs.ajc.com [Source type: General]

    ^ As we recover, here comes Who By Fire, Cohen’s marvellous adaptation of an ancient Jewish prayer , and he closes on Heart with No Companion.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    .It doesn’t mean that you shouldn't have one!^ "Christina moment" (I'm a firm believer in 'Just because you can, doesn't mean you should'.
    • Allison Crowe Tidings Christmas Leonard Cohen Rolling Stones Joni Mitchell Beatles 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.allisoncrowe.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Just because he was a talented performer at one time of his life doesn't mean he should play Coachella.
    • Leonard Cohen '09 - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Message Board 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC coachella.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I just move from hotel to hotel, and from bar to bar, and by the grace of the One above occasionally a song comes, and I remember sitting at this particularly obnoxious Polynesian restaurant where they served a kind of coconut drink that was particularly lethal and sinister which contained no alcohol but a certain chemical that demoralized you entirely.^ I just move from hotel to hotel, and from bar to bar, and by the grace of the One above occasionally a song comes, and I remember sitting at this particularly obnoxious Polynesian restaurant where they served a kind of coconut drink that was particularly lethal and sinister which contained no alcohol but a certain chemical that demoralized you entirely.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ His following albums continued to resound with beautiful, intimate poetry while stretching the boundaries of songwriting, in such classic songs as "Chelsea Hotel No.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I remember Marianne looking at my notebook, seeing this song and asking, "Whod you write this for?"
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    .And I remember writing on one of their very badly designed napkins, "I remember you well at the Chelsea Hotel..."^ Of course, it’s far from opulent and you’re probably not guaranteed the sort of time Leonard Cohen immortalized in his song, “Chelsea Hotel No 2″.
    • .: chromewaves.net v7.5 » Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.chromewaves.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I remember Marianne looking at my notebook, seeing this song and asking, "Whod you write this for?"
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I was very close to the stage tonight and I also shed tears, during the "reading" of A Thousand Kisses and Chelsea Hotel.

    so .I dedicate this song to one of the great singers, Janis Joplin.^ That song was written for Janis Joplin?
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ His song Chelsea Hotel No 2, about Janis Joplin, may be the only song overtly written by one pop star about sex with another.
    • Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen's head? | Music | The Guardian 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

    ^ (The song "To a Teacher", on his latest album, Dear Heather, is dedicated to one of his early mentors, the Canadian writer AM Klein.
    • Leonard Cohen: Out of the monastery and back on the road - Features, Music - The Independent 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.independent.co.uk [Source type: General]

    .
    • Introducing "Chelsea Hotel #2"
  • I know there is an eye that watches all of us.^ Introducing "Chelsea Hotel #2" I know there is an eye that watches all of us.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I know there is an eye that watches all of us.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And okay, I just had a look at the set list for the show and am a little pained to have missed “Anthem”, “Everybody Knows” and “Chelsea Hotel” but still, no regrets.
    • .: chromewaves.net v7.5 » Leonard Cohen 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.chromewaves.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .There is a judgment that weighs everything we do.
    And before this great force, which is greater than any government I stand in awe and I kneel in respect and it is to this great judgment that I dedicate this next song, "Hallelujah".
  • I don't know which side is anybody on any more.^ Introducing " Hallelujah " I don't know which side is anybody on any more.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And before this great force, which is greater than any government I stand in awe and I kneel in respect and it is to this great judgment that I dedicate this next song, "Hallelujah".
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is a judgment that weighs everything we do.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I don't really care.^ I don't really care.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now I've heard there was a secret chord That David played, and it pleased the Lord But you don't really care for music, do you?
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .There is a moment when we have to transcend the side we're on and understand that we are creatures of a higher order.
    That doesn't mean that I don't wish you courage in your struggle.^ That doesn't mean that I don't wish you courage in your struggle.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It doesn’t mean that you shouldn't have one!
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is a moment when we have to transcend the side we're on and understand that we are creatures of a higher order.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .There is on both sides of the struggle men of good will.^ There is on both sides of the struggle men of good will.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And it may surprise you, but I respect both sides of this struggle.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    That is important to remember. On both sides of the struggle, some struggling for freedom, some struggling for safety and solemn testimony of that unbroken faith which binds generations one to another I sing this song, "If It Be Your Will"
    • Introducing "If It Be Your Will"

I'm Your Man (1988)

.
They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them.
^ They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom For trying to change the system from within I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom For trying to change the system from within I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them.
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Lenny, I want to tell him , I came to you as a pilgrim when you played here twenty years ago, and you’re an even bigger man now than you were then.
  • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]


First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.
I'm guided by a signal in the heavens
I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin
I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons ...
.
How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.
  • I'm guided by a signal in the heavens
    I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin
    I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons
    First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.
    • "First We Take Manhattan"
  • Ah, you loved me as a loser, but now you're worried that I just might win
    You know the way to stop me, but you don't have the discipline
    How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin
    First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.^ It was as if Leonard Cohen had come to see us.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom For trying to change the system from within I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ah, you loved me as a loser, but now you're worried that I just might win...
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • "First We Take Manhattan" (1986)
  • Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
    Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
    Everybody knows that the war is over
    Everybody knows the good guys lost
    Everybody knows the fight was fixed
    The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
    That's how it goes
    Everybody knows.
  • Everybody knows that you love me baby
    Everybody knows that you really do
    Everybody knows that you've been faithful
    Ah give or take a night or two
    Everybody knows you've been discreet
    But there were so many people you just had to meet
    without your clothes
    And everybody knows
    • "Everybody Knows"
  • If you want a lover
    I'll do anything you ask me to.^ How did you get there?
    • | fyimusic.ca 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC fyimusic.ca [Source type: General]

    ^ Everybody Knows " (co-written with Sharon Robinson ) - YouTube video Everybody knows that you love me baby Everybody knows that you really do Everybody knows that you've been faithful Ah give or take a night or two Everybody knows you've been discreet But there were so many people you just had to meet without your clothes And everybody knows "Everybody Knows" If you want a lover I'll do anything you ask me to.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "First We Take Manhattan" (1986) Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows that the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it goes Everybody knows.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .And if you want another kind of love
    I'll wear a mask for you.
    ^ And if you want another kind of love I'll wear a mask for you.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Further, he is able to comment within the songs (you always wanted handsome men but for me you'll make an exception) and across the songs (I tried to leave you opened the final encore).
    • Jim DeRogatis: Jim DeRogatis: December 2009 Archives 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If you want a lover I’ll do anything you ask me to And if you want another kind of love I’ll wear a mask for you If you want a partner Take my hand Or if you want to strike me down in anger Here I stand I’m your man .
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • "I'm Your Man"
  • Here I stand, I'm your man.
    • "I'm Your Man"
  • My friends are gone and
    My hair is grey.^ My friends are gone and my hair is grey, I ache in the places where I used to play .
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If you want a lover I’ll do anything you ask me to And if you want another kind of love I’ll wear a mask for you If you want a partner Take my hand Or if you want to strike me down in anger Here I stand I’m your man .
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The Sleeping Beauty "You are brave", I told the Sleeping Beauty, "to climb these steps into my home, but I regret your man, the Kissing Prince, is gone."
    • Poetry - Leonard Cohen - The Spice-Box Of Earth 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: Original source]


    .I ache in the places where I used to play.^ My friends are gone and my hair is grey, I ache in the places where I used to play .
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ "Now my friends have gone and my hair is grey," he sang on Tower of Song in 1988, "I ache in the places where I used to play."
    • Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen's head? | Music | The Guardian 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]


    And I'm crazy for love but
    I'm not coming on.
    .I'm just paying my rent everyday
    In the Tower Of Song.
    • "Tower Of Song"
  • You can say that I've grown bitter but of this you can be sure.^ But its just the tower of song.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I was just working on a line this morning for a song called "I Was Never Any Good at Loving You."
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But on the keyboard, because you can set up patterns and rhythms, I can mock up songs in a way that I couldnt do with my guitar.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]


    .The rich have get their channels in the bedrooms of the poor.^ The rich have get their channels in the bedrooms of the poor.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .And there's a mighty Judgement coming
    but I may be wrong
    • "Tower Of Song"
  • I see you standing on the other side.^ And there's a mighty Judgement coming but I may be wrong "Tower Of Song" I see you standing on the other side.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you're squeezed for information, that's when you've got to play it dumb: You just say you're out there waiting for the miracle, for the miracle to come.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And it may surprise you, but I respect both sides of this struggle.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .I don't know how the river got so wide.

    I loved you, baby, way back when.^ I don't know how the river got so wide.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I loved you, baby, way back when.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ When he talks like this you don't know what he's after.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .And all the bridges are burning that
    We might have crossed and I feel so close to everything that we've lost.
    ^ There's something to be said for this unadorned approach -- for example, you might just feel comfortable playing this all year round.
    • Allison Crowe Tidings Christmas Leonard Cohen Rolling Stones Joni Mitchell Beatles 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.allisoncrowe.com [Source type: General]


    .We'll never, we'll never have to lose it again.^ We'll never, we'll never have to lose it again.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Now I bid You farewell, I don't when I'll be back.^ But now it feels like you’ve given it back to me Bock.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ As the crowd dance and cheer, he’s gone again, doffing his fedora, but he’s back in a second, and now he’s doing That Don’t Make it Junk.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]


    .They're moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track.^ They're moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They wish us out with an a capella version of I Tried To Leave You, and we’re standing there, bereft.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]


    But you'll be hearing from me, baby, long after I'm gone.
    I'll speaking to you sweetly
    From a window in the Tower Of Song
    • "Tower Of Song"

The Future (1992)

.
If you're squeezed for information,
that's when you've got to play it dumb:
You just say you're out there waiting
for the miracle, for the miracle to come.
  • I've seen the future, brother:
    it is murder.^ If you're squeezed for information, that's when you've got to play it dumb: You just say you're out there waiting for the miracle, for the miracle to come.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I’ve checked, and he sang Waiting for the Miracle .
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ "The Future" Waiting for the miracle There's nothing left to do.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • "The Future"
  • Waiting for the miracle
    There's nothing left to do.^ "The Future" Waiting for the miracle There's nothing left to do.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Waiting for the Miracle" (co-written with Sharon Robinson) We're drinking and we're dancing but there's nothing really happening.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Else one day, there might be nothing left for us to talk about except the oldies.
    • Leonard Cohen — Cover Lay Down 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC coverlaydown.com [Source type: General]


    .I haven't been this happy
    since the end of World War II.
    • "Waiting for the Miracle" (co-written with Sharon Robinson)
  • If you're squeezed for information,
    that's when you've got to play it dumb:
    You just say you're out there waiting
    for the miracle to come.
    • "Waiting for the Miracle" (co-written with Sharon Robinson)
  • We're drinking and we're dancing
    but there's nothing really happening.^ If you're squeezed for information, that's when you've got to play it dumb: You just say you're out there waiting for the miracle, for the miracle to come.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I’ve checked, and he sang Waiting for the Miracle .
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ "The Future" Waiting for the miracle There's nothing left to do.
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Leonard Cohen - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC cs.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    The place is dead as Heaven on a Saturday night. .
    • "Closing Time"
  • Ring the bells that still can ring.^ Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]


    .Forget your perfect offering.^ Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]


    .There is a crack in everything.^ Just remember...there is a crack in everything.
    • Leonard Cohen on Flickr - Photo Sharing! 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.flickr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ On Anthem (1992), he wrote: "There is a crack, a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."
    • Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen's head? | Music | The Guardian 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]


    That's how the light gets in.
    • "Anthem"
  • Every heart to love will come
    But like a refugee.
    • "Anthem"
  • But I’m stubborn as those garbage bags
    that time cannot decay,
    I’m junk but I’m still holding up
    this little wild bouquet:
    Democracy is coming to the U.S.A."
    • "Democracy"

Ten New Songs (2001)

  • I smile when I'm angry, I cheat and I lie.
    I do what I have to do to get by.
    .But I know what is wrong and I know what is right,
    and I'd die for the truth in my secret life.
    ^ It justifies my personal ethics about right and wrong, or love, or justice, or goodness etc.
    • Can anyone splain to me - Philosophy, Sociology & Psychology - Shroomery Message Board 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.shroomery.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In 1988 he was full of enthusiasm for a song he was writing called My Secret Life, but it took him another 13 years to get it right.
    • Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen's head? | Music | The Guardian 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

    ^ Marching through the night, Moving cross the borders Of My Secret Life … .
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • "In my Secret Life"
  • And here you are hurried,
    And here you are gone;
    And here is the love,
    That it's all built upon.^ Before the phone starts ringing, before your civilian life returns to you with all its bewildering complexities.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you want a lover I’ll do anything you ask me to And if you want another kind of love I’ll wear a mask for you If you want a partner Take my hand Or if you want to strike me down in anger Here I stand I’m your man .
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ He put his arm around my shoulder, pressed the muzzle into my neck and said, "Leonard, I love you."
    • Interview: Leonard Cohen | From the Observer | The Observer 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    • "Here It Is"
  • Here is your cross,
    Your nails and your hill;
    And here is your love,
    That lists where it will
    • "Here It Is"
  • May everyone live,
    And may everyone die.
    Hello, my love,
    And my love, Goodbye.
    • "Here It Is"
  • The light came through the window,
    Straight from the sun above,
    And so inside my little room
    There plunged the rays of Love.
    .In streams of light I clearly saw
    The dust you seldom see,
    Out of which the Nameless makes
    A Name for one like me.
    ^ The Cuckold's Song If this looks like a poem I might as well warn you at the beginning that it's not meant to be one.
    • Poetry - Leonard Cohen - The Spice-Box Of Earth 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Since I don’t, you should head over to his website and pick it up for yourselves — and if you get the new one, too, let me know how it turned out, will you?
    • Leonard Cohen — Cover Lay Down 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC coverlaydown.com [Source type: General]

    ^ 'He named me "Jikan" after one of his teachers that he liked very much.
    • Interview: Leonard Cohen | From the Observer | The Observer 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    .
    • "Love Itself"
  • All busy in the sunlight
    The flecks did float and dance,
    And I was tumbled up with them
    In formless circumstance.
    • "Love Itself"
  • I'll try to say a little more:
    Love went on and on
    Until it reached an open door -
    Then Love Itself
    Love Itself was gone.^ After moving mountains to try to fix the warm weather woes, Olympic organizers say to bring on the games - they'll have the snow.
    • Leonard Cohen takes Manhattan, again 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.nationalpost.com [Source type: General]
    • Leonard Cohen | Related Topics | National Post 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.nationalpost.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I’ve given up trying to convey a sense of what the evening was like, and saying you had to be there is pure provocation to the hard-done-by.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I love the verse that has "Im stubborn as the garbage bags that refuse to decay / Im junk but Im still holding up this little wild bouquet."
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • "Love Itself"
  • You whisper, "You have loved enough,
    Now let me be the Lover."
    • "You Have Loved Enough"
  • I swept the marble chambers,
    But you sent me down below.^ If you want a lover I’ll do anything you ask me to And if you want another kind of love I’ll wear a mask for you If you want a partner Take my hand Or if you want to strike me down in anger Here I stand I’m your man .
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You love it because it pulls gentle enough to call you master, strong enough to call you fool; because it lives like a desperate trained falcon in the high sweet air, and you can always haul it down to tame it in your drawer.
    • Poetry - Leonard Cohen - The Spice-Box Of Earth 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The Flowers that I Left in the Ground The flowers that I left in the ground, that I did not gather for you, today I bring them all back, to let them grow forever, not in poems or marble, but where they fell and rotted.
    • Poetry - Leonard Cohen - The Spice-Box Of Earth 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: Original source]


    .You kept me from believing
    Until you let me know:
    That I am not the one who loves —
    It's love that chooses me.
    ^ Who knows you?
    • Poetry - Leonard Cohen - The Spice-Box Of Earth 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If I am hungry then I am great, and I love like the passionate scientist who knows the sky is made only of wavelengths.
    • Poetry - Leonard Cohen - The Spice-Box Of Earth 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A kite is the last poem you've written, so you give it to the wind, but you don't let it go until someone finds you something else to do.
    • Poetry - Leonard Cohen - The Spice-Box Of Earth 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: Original source]


    When hatred with his package comes,
    You forbid delivery.
    • "You Have Loved Enough"

Other Lyrics

These need to be better sorted and organized
  • Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.
    It is easy to display a wound, the proud scars of combat. It is hard to show a pimple. .
    • "The Favorite Game"
  • I fought against the bottle
    but I had to do it drunk
    • "That Don't Make It Junk", Ten New Songs (2001)
  • So the great affair is over/ but whoever would have guessed/ it would leave us all so vacant/ and so deeply unimpressed/ It's like our visit to the moon/ or to that other star/ I guess you go for nothing/ if you really want to go that far
    • "Death of a Ladies' Man" (1977)
  • And sometimes when the night is slow/ The wretched and the meek/ We gather up our hearts and go/ A Thousand Kisses Deep.^ But I would not at all want to see this at Coachella.
    • Leonard Cohen '09 - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Message Board 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC coachella.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ He stayed by you all the night.
    • Poetry - Leonard Cohen - The Spice-Box Of Earth 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And a great review Bock – whoever you are!
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • "A Thousand Kisses Deep" (2001)
  • Transparent, weightless, luminous/ Uncovering the two of us/ On that fundamental ground/ Where love's unwilled, unleashed, unbound/ And half the perfect world is found."^ I loved it so much, I wrote a poem….and although in total rapture the entire evening, I only cried once, during the recitation of “A Thousand Kisses Deep”, so that’s the meter I followed for this.
    • Leonard Cohen Sells Out Fox Theatre Tuesday | Atlanta Music Scene 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC blogs.ajc.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I had two thoughts: to leave my love and join their wandering, join their holiness; or take my love to the city they had fled: That impoverished world of boil-afflicted flesh and rotting fields could not tempt us from each other.
    • Poetry - Leonard Cohen - The Spice-Box Of Earth 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Half The Perfect World (13xFile, AAC, iTu) .
    • Leonard Cohen Discography at Discogs 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • "Half the Perfect World" (2006)
  • And clenching your fist for the ones like us who are oppressed by the figures of beauty, you fixed yourself, you said, "Well never mind, we are ugly but we have the music."^ You never knew who’d be there.
    • | fyimusic.ca 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC fyimusic.ca [Source type: General]

    ^ He said: "I have one word of advice for you.
    • Interview: Leonard Cohen | From the Observer | The Observer 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

    ^ You quoted Dylan once when you said, "I know my song well before I start singing."
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    • "Chelsea Hotel #2"

Unsourced

  • We taught him how to dress, and he taught us how to live, forever.

Quotes about Cohen

.
  • What if I had to
    Live here without you
    Oh, I don't really want to know
    Where you goin', Lenny Cohen?^ I know all about passion and honour but unfortunately this had really nothing to do with either: oh there was passion I'm only too sure and even a little honour but the important thing was to cuckold Leonard Cohen.
    • Poetry - Leonard Cohen - The Spice-Box Of Earth 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.scribd.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You dont really want to say "the tree," you want to say "the sycamore."
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I dont know whether thats something you want parking in our garage, but it seems to have a kind of armored energy.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Adam Again, "l.c." (1995). possibly referring to .Cohen's 1994 retreat to Mount Baldy Zen Center
  • This was a man where,within a Pop Song,there were some big ideas
  • He's of almost Biblical importance.I don't think theres going to be another Leonard Cohen
  • He's got your young idealism,he's got You when You can't face the world.He's got You at all stages
  • I tell you who I also think is wonderful is a chap called Leonard Cohen … do you know him?^ You never knew who’d be there.
    • | fyimusic.ca 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC fyimusic.ca [Source type: General]

    ^ Nick Cave "I tell you who I also think is wonderful is a chap called Leonard Cohen.
    • Leonard Cohen tickets, concerts and tour dates. Official Ticketmaster site. 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.ticketmaster.com.au [Source type: General]

    ^ Do you know him?
    • Leonard Cohen tickets, concerts and tour dates. Official Ticketmaster site. 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.ticketmaster.com.au [Source type: General]

    […] He's remarkable. .I mean, the orchestration is fantastic and the words, the lyrics and everything, he's a remarkable man, and has this incredibly sort of laid back gravelly voice, it's terrific stuff I think.^ I mean, the orchestration is fantastic and the words, the lyrics and everything, he's a remarkable man."
    • Leonard Cohen tickets, concerts and tour dates. Official Ticketmaster site. 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.ticketmaster.com.au [Source type: General]

    ^ I love what his changing voice has added to his back catalogue – everything old is new again, and the (relatively) new has the wisdom of the ancients.
    • Leonard Cohen In Dublin – Concert Review - Bock The Robber 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC bocktherobber.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It is simply the case of two women with beautiful voices sharing a passion for a somewhat laid back, jazz based style of pop rock.
    • Allison Crowe Tidings Christmas Leonard Cohen Rolling Stones Joni Mitchell Beatles 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.allisoncrowe.com [Source type: General]

    .I enjoy jazz and things…
  • In the Canadian film Hardcore Logo, a Canadian punk rocker suggests "Faster, Leonard Cohen!^ Prince Charles "Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld/ so I can sigh eternally."
    • Leonard Cohen tickets, concerts and tour dates. Official Ticketmaster site. 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.ticketmaster.com.au [Source type: General]

    ^ Real Name: Leonard Norman Cohen Profile: * 21 September 1934 in Montreal, Canada Canadian singer.
    • Leonard Cohen Discography at Discogs 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The same year we inducted Joni Mitchell into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, we inducted Leonard Cohen.
    • | fyimusic.ca 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC fyimusic.ca [Source type: General]

    Die! Die!" as a possible band name. This also refers to the film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! .Kill!.
  • But I was caught, like a fleeting thought
    Stuck inside Leonard Cohen's mind
  • No one says naked like Leonard Cohen.^ Prince Charles "Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld/ so I can sigh eternally."
    • Leonard Cohen tickets, concerts and tour dates. Official Ticketmaster site. 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.ticketmaster.com.au [Source type: General]

    ^ The title came from the Nirvana song Pennyroyal Tea: "Give me Leonard Cohen afterworld/ So I can sigh eternally."
    • Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen's head? | Music | The Guardian 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

    ^ The actress Gillian Anderson chose covers of two Cohen songs - Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah and Roberta Flack's Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye.
    • Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen's head? | Music | The Guardian 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

    .
    • Tom Robbins, in liner notes on the Cohen tribute album, "Tower of Song."
  • I don't want, no I really don't want
    To be John Lennon or Leonard Cohen
    I just want to be my Dad.^ But its just the tower of song.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Leonard Cohen album .
    • Leonard Cohen Album - Ask.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.ask.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Cohen's debut album, 68s Songs of Leonard Cohen, was soon on the shelves.
    • Interview: Leonard Cohen | From the Observer | The Observer 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

  • No one ever listens to me. .I might as well be a Leonard Cohen record.^ Official website Leonard Cohen on iLike Leonard Cohen on MySpace Legacy Recordings Facebook Tickets Sounds like .
    • Music en Facebook | Leonard Cohen - free music, pictures, videos 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC apps.facebook.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ His first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen , was an extraordinary debut for any songwriter and recording artist.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah (Shrek) - 2-Part 2 part choir Featured in the Dreamworks motion picture Shrek, this well-crafted arrangement emphasizes the plaintive, haunting melody written by Leonard Cohen.
    • Leonard Cohen sheet music books store (buy online). 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.free-scores.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • Lament by the character Neil in British comedy series The Young Ones
  • A nation comes to freedom in thousands of steps — some of them huge leaps, the others little.^ Some keys will place the voice a little deeper than others.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    .And the evening with Leonard Cohen more than twenty years ago was an evening of hope.^ It was more than a couple of years.
    • Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles 1992, from Songwriters On Songwriting by Paul Zollo 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.leonardcohenfiles.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Price: $21.98      15 Reviews Nearly 40 summers ago on August 31, 1970, 35-year-old Leonard Cohen was awakened at 2 a.m.
    • Leonard Cohen Album - Ask.com 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.ask.com [Source type: General]

    ^ What a wonderful evening of music, memories, madcap humor, lyrical lyrics, voices of angels, and most of all, Leonard Cohen’s incomparable talent and expression.
    • Leonard Cohen Sells Out Fox Theatre Tuesday | Atlanta Music Scene 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC blogs.ajc.com [Source type: General]

    Difficult as much to him as it was to us. Not necessarily political but intimate. And I learned to appreciate the power of intimacy. There are moments when nothing can get between you and the other person. .And when this person is Leonard Cohen himself you feel blessed.^ Nick Cave "I tell you who I also think is wonderful is a chap called Leonard Cohen.
    • Leonard Cohen tickets, concerts and tour dates. Official Ticketmaster site. 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.ticketmaster.com.au [Source type: General]

    ^ Now you can sing and play your favourite Leonard Cohen hits on guitar in no time...with just a handful of simple, easy chords for each song!
    • Leonard Cohen sheet music books store (buy online). 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.free-scores.com [Source type: General]

    ^ As was his won't, Cohen spent years between albums, and in 1973 he seemed to take stock of himself as a performer by issuing Leonard Cohen: Live Songs.
    • Leonard Cohen tickets, concerts and tour dates. Official Ticketmaster site. 2 February 2010 15:19 UTC www.ticketmaster.com.au [Source type: General]

    .And you feel free.^ Please feel free to add your comments after you read this interview, Lisa will appreciate the feedback.
    • | fyimusic.ca 7 January 2010 14:014 UTC fyimusic.ca [Source type: General]

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Leonard Cohen
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Cohen in 2008
Background information
Birth name Leonard Norman Cohen
Born September 21, 1934 (1934-09-21) (age 76)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Folk, folk rock, rock, world
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, poet, novelist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1956 - Present
Labels Columbia

Leonard Cohen is a Canadian singer, musician, poet and writer.

Titles and honors

  • In 1968, Cohen refused a Governor General's Award (in category for English language poetry or drama) for Selected Poems 1956–1968.
  • In 1991, Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
  • In 1993, Cohen won the Juno Award for Male Vocalist of the Year.
  • In 1994, Cohen won another Juno Award this time for Songwriter of the Year.
  • In 1996, he was ordained a Rinzai Buddhist monk.
  • In 2001, Cohen was awarded a SNEP Award for more than 100,000 copies sold of Ten New Songs in France. Photo of the award.
  • In 2003, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour.
  • In 2004, Beautiful Losers was chosen for inclusion in Canada Reads 2005. It was selected and originally to be championed by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright; however, tour commitments meant that Wainwright had to be replaced by singer Molly Johnson.
  • In 2006, Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • In 2007, Cohen received a Grammy for Album of the Year as a featured artist on Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters. [1]
  • In 2008, Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[2]
  • In June 2008 he was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec [1]

References

  1. GRAMMY.com
  2. "Indictees for 2008". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame official website. 2007-12-13. http://www.rockhall.com/pressroom/2008-inductee-announcement/. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 


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