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June 28, 2008


This song always moves me to tears... both Cohen's rendition and Jeff Buckley's version. Thanks for sharing.

Now that I'd like to see. Hear. Experience.

Wow! Even so 'virtual' a rendition gets across. The tour has been represented as a reluctant return to touring in order to top up the coffers after the massive managerial rip-off. Little evidence of that here, even in flickering black-and-white.

The Guardian has just published a set of his lyrics as part of a series they're doing on great songwriters. Unsurprisingly for a poet, they stand up perfectly well sans music. Interestingly, however, as I read them they went in, not as familiar songs, but as verse on the page. Even 'Suzanne' lost its tune in the reading.

Thanks, ps pirro and mb - I've always found Cohen's music moving; it cuts right to the bone. Wish I could have justified spending the money on a ticket to his own concert performance.

Dick, so glad you enjoyed the clip. I've been a fan of Cohen as both musician and poet since those "formative years" back in the 60s, and like you I think the lyrics hold up very well. But what impresses me is how good the recent stuff is, both in performance and in verse. He writes about getting older in a way that I think a lot of us can identify with - and has that wry smile to boot. Still a very sexy guy.

"The ponies run, the girls are young,
The odds are there to beat.
You win a while, and then it’s done –
Your little winning streak.
And summoned now to deal
With your invincible defeat,
You live your life as if it’s real,
A Thousand Kisses Deep."

Without question Leonard is king and if you would like to hear sing her version try K. D. Lang's on YouTube.

The one in Vancover.

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