Video: Leonard Cohen’s Outstanding Performance Of There Is A War – Boston 1993

bostonThere is a war between the rich and poor,
A war between the man and the woman.
There is a war between the ones who say there is a war
And the ones who say there isn’t.
Why don’t you come on back to the war, that’s right, get in it,
Why don’t you come on back to the war, it’s just beginning.

Featuring Bob Metzger On Guitar

Leonard Cohen performs an impressive, animated rendition of There Is A War with a splendid guitar solo by Bob Metzger at Berklee Performing Center, Boston on July 16, 1993. The video includes Leonard’s introduction to the song:

About a thousand years ago, there was this brief period of about 11 or 12 minutes, that is now referred to as the sixties, a hated time, an intoxicating time. I enjoyed myself thoroughly for five or six minutes. It has become a kind of black hole in the sociological cosmos, a kind of Bermuda Triangle, into which all the noblest and worthwhile ideas disappeared forever. A seductive moment, however being the gloomy chap that you know me to be, I was able to resist it. I think it was back in 1971 when it reached its most acute phase, it was then that I was inspired to write this mournful and bitter ditty in response to all the flabby liars of the Aquarian Age.

The sound is excellent; the visual elements are imperfect but can be watched easily and enjoyably.

Leonard Cohen – There Is A War
Berklee Performing Center, Boston: 16 July 1993
Uploaded by messalina79  aka Ruth Pietroni

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