Leonard Cohen Alludes To Dylan Song In “Democracy”

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There is a line in Democracy that referred specifically to the Dylan song ‘Everybody is Broken.’ The line is ‘The singer says it’s broken and the painter says it’s gray.’quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Paul Zollo, Songwriters on Songwriting, Da Capo Press, 2003.

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One Reply to “Leonard Cohen Alludes To Dylan Song In “Democracy””

  1. Violeta

    From the logical point of view as the line”the singer says it’s broken and the painter says it’s gray” doesn’t exist in the Democracy song and the B.Dylan song is called Everything is broken ,that means that the democracy is grey!!