When you’re writing out of the total embrace of the experience of the emotion of the moment, what comes out of there is really authentic. People ask what does that song, Suzanne, really mean? The people who lay back and are ravished by the song know exactly what it means.
From Interview / Leonard Cohen By Alan Twigg. Essay Date: 1979, 1984, 1985. ABC Bookworld, Photo of Leonard Cohen performing in Amsterdam, 1980 by Pete Purnell. Originally posted Mar 26, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.
A discussion of related issues can be found at Three Characteristics That Make A Song A Leonard Cohen Song: #3. Artistic Design – Introduction