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Can we link to some of our favorite Leonard Cohen songs in his honor?

Asked by janbb (57229points) November 10th, 2016

Leonard Cohen died today – one of our most prolific and profound songwriters. Who would like to participate in a “concert” in his memory?

Here’s one of mine: “Hallelujah.”

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josie's avatar

There is an entire book written about Hallelujah

I always liked Closing Time
Looks like freedom, but it feels like death
Its something in between I guess

I learned about Leonard Cohen from my (late, my mom’s sister) Aunt. Really amazing guy.

Jeruba's avatar

Oh, no. I will come back to this thread in a bit, but right now it’s just—oh, no. That blow seemed to come out of nowhere, from a side I didn’t even know was exposed.

janbb's avatar

@Jeruba Yes, a very sad one.

Seek's avatar

@josie – Is that a young James Franco in that video? At about 0:43

josie's avatar

Couldn’t tell you, but it definitely looks like him doesn’t it?

Mariah's avatar

Oh no. This is sad. My parents and I love him.

It’s a very dark song but my favorite of his is The Future.
I also love Famous Blue Raincoat and Suzanne.

josie's avatar

And I have heard The Future all the way from Somalia to Iraq to Afghanistan
As stated, pretty dark, but also occasionally apropos.
The link is edited for explicit language by the way. I couldn’t find the unedited version to link to

Mariah's avatar

The lyrics make my skin crawl. It is not nice in many ways. I love the music, and I think it is a very dark piece of poetry depicting one point of view.

cookieman's avatar

Here’s an amazing version of Hallelujah — a scene of people coming together, for a change.

Jeruba's avatar

I still love Suzanne and Bird on the Wire, but I think this one’s my favorite: Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.

Goodbye, Leonard.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I’ve loved Suzanne since I was a teenager.

I also love I’m your man

flutherother's avatar

Suzanne is the song I remember best. I also thought the letter he wrote earlier this year to Marianne Ihlen, his dying lover, was very poignant.

rojo's avatar

Goodbye Leonard, thanks for the memories:

Everybody Knows

I don’t usually go for cover versions but here is Tori Amos doing Famous Blue Raincoat and the original version

My personal favorite Avalanche

And one for these troubled times Democracy

ucme's avatar

I’d never heard of him til now, seems he was more of a “talk singer” better than Lee Marvin & Telly Savalas hahaha, but not a patch on Johnny Cash, in my humble opinion that is.

rojo's avatar

Been listening to him since finding his “Songs of Love and Hate” album in college during the 70’;s

zenvelo's avatar

I saw Cohen once, in early 2013, and despite his age it was enthralling.

And never really heard another song as sensuous as Dance Me to The End of Love.

An anthem of love to conquer the world, First We Take Manhattan

rojo's avatar

@ucme surprised you didn’t mention Lonnie Donegan in there somewhere.

rojo's avatar

Passing Through

I was with franklin roosevelt’s side on the night before he died.
He said, “one world must come out of world war two” (ah, the fool)
“yankee, russian, white or tan,” he said, “a man is still a man.
We’re all on one road, and we’re only passing through.”

ucme's avatar

Do forgive me, but who the fuck is Lonnie Donegan? :D

rojo's avatar

Your kidding right? Only the singer of one of the greatest songs of all time – My Old Man’s A Dustman

ucme's avatar

I know of that song, but it’s a cockney ditty, he sounds Irish surely…ah well.

Strauss's avatar

@ucme it’s a cockney ditty
There’s many a cockney ditty that shares its heritage with many an Irish tune!

Good songs, all!

In addition, I have always liked Sisters of Mercy.

I once met him at a gig in a small club in Chicago.

ucme's avatar

@Yetanotheruser Aye ya not wrang there marra, good point well made

stanleybmanly's avatar

The lyrics to Sisters of Mercy roll through my head at the strangest of times, and have been doing so for 50 years, along with Dylan’s Just like a woman. Cohen had a straight up genius for getting to the point, and for my money, the power and beauty of what he could weave with English will probably remain unmatched. This time it’s a very bright light that’s “winked out”.

tinyfaery's avatar

Chelsea Hotel
Everybody Knows (Some one already got this)

rojo's avatar

I lift my glass to the awful truth
Which you can’t reveal to the ears of youth
Except to say it isn’t worth a dime….

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