The Story Behind Leonard Cohen’s Plea To Marita + Updated, Tinderized Version

Original Version

Leonard originally scribbled his poem on the wall of Le Bistro Chez Lou Lou in Montreal1

Marita
Please find me
I am almost 30

This excerpt from Leonard Cohen Hits 70 by Philip Marchand (Toronto Star: Sept 2004) explains the circumstances:

[Leonard Cohen] does remember scrawling the poem on the wall of a Montreal bistro, after unsuccessfully trying to pick up one Marita La Fleche, an older woman who patted him on the head and said, “Go on your way, young man, and come back when you’re 30.”

Tinderized Version

Of course, if Leonard had been born a few years later, his verse to Marita might have appeared not on the wall of a bistro but on the screen of a dating app.

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  1. Image is a screen capture from NFB’s “Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen” []

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