The Marianne Variations: Leonard Cohen’s “Your Eyes” Version Of So Long, Marianne

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Leonard Cohen’s Recurring Revisions Of So Long, Marianne

The Marianne Variations is a series of posts devoted to the major recurring variations of  Leonard Cohen’s “So Long, Marianne” that significantly differ from the versions found on the Songs Of Leonard Cohen and Field Commander Cohen albums. An introduction and links to all published posts in this series as well as the inclusion criteria and the original version of “So Long, Marianne” from the Songs Of Leonard Cohen album  can be found at The Marianne Variations Summary Page.

The “Your Eyes” Version Of So Long Marianne

The following verse is listed in the booklet from Leonard Cohen Greatest Hits (aka The Best Of Leonard Cohen) although it is not performed on that album’s “So Long, Marianne” track:1

Oh your eyes, well I forgot your eyes
Your body’s at home in every sea.
How come you gave away your news to everyone
That you said was a secret for me.

Performances featuring this verse (with some variations) first took place during the 1972 Tour, including the April 3, 1972 Stockholm show and the April 6, 1972 Frankfurt concert:2

Oh Tonight, I know I’m gonna forget tonight (Stockholm)
Ah your eyes, oh how could I forget your eyes (Frankfurt)
Your body’s at home in every sea.
How come you gave away your news to everyone
That you said was a secret for me.

Similar lyrics would also turn up in other Tours, including 1993 and, happily, at a 2009 concert filmed by Albert Noonan.  In this instance, the following lines appeared as the penultimate verse:

Your eyes, I will forget your eyes
Your body is at home in every sea
How come you gave away your news to everyone
I thought you said it was a secret just for me

Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne
San Jose: Nov 13, 2009
The pertinent verse begins at 2:20
Video by albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Jul 15, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. Source: GuitareTab.  In addition, another verse is also listed in the booklet and also not performed on the album (more about it later):

    If you leave, where will I keep you then
    In my heart as some men say
    But I who was born to love everyone
    Why should I keep you so far away? []

  2. Source: Leonard Cohen Prologues []