Videos Of Three Songs And “Invictus” From October 7, 2010 Leonard Cohen Moscow Concert

Leonard Cohen - Moscow 2010 (screenshot)

Leonard Cohen – Moscow 2010 (screenshot)

Now Available From Moscow – “Future,” “Darkness,” & “Dance Me To The End Of Love”

These performances from the curfew-shortened October 7, 2010 Leonard Cohen Moscow Concert  join those already online (“Closing Time” and “Tower Of Song” at  “Closing Time” and “Tower Of Song” Videos From Today’s Leonard Cohen Moscow Concert) just hours after the completion of that show.

“Invictus” Recitation Precedes “The Darkness”

“The Darkness” is, by my assessment, especially striking and is significantly enhanced by Leonard Cohen’s recitation of “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley as prologue.

This is at least the third time Leonard Cohen has quoted from the works of other poets on the 2010 Tour. At Lissadell House, where Yeats, who spent his childhood in Sligo, lived and wrote during his stay there in 1894 and 1895, Cohen quoted the opening verse of “In Memory Of Eva Gore-Booth And Con Markiewicz” by William Butler Yeats.1 In Stuttgart, apparently in response to civil unrest triggered by protests over the destruction of an area of trees, Cohen introduced “Born In Chains” with words from Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach.” Update 10/7/2010:  Review of the  videos from the Moscow show uploaded today show that Cohen recited “Dover Beach” prior to “Born In Chains” at the Moscow concert as well.

Leonard Cohen – The Darkness
Moscow: Oct 7, 2010
Video from cheburek1960

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Leonard Cohen – The Future
Moscow: Oct 7, 2010
Video from cheburek1960

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Moscow: Oct 7, 2010
Video from cheburek1960

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  1. See First Video Of Complete Yeats Quote – Anthem Performance From July 31, 2010 Leonard Cohen Lissadell House, Sligo Concert []