Leonard Cohen Explains Why He Got Into Poetry

Jools Holland: And then what got you into poetry?

Leonard Cohen: Well, I don’t know. I thought that was the way to kind of win women’s hearts.

Jools Holland: Did it work?

Leonard Cohen: Yes it did.

From Later With Jools Holland Show (BBC: May 14, 1993). Watch video of this interview at Video: Leonard Cohen On Poetry As A Way To Win Women’s Hearts, His First Influence – Country Music, His Chop, His London Landlady, Los Angeles, & Catastrophe  Originally posted Jan 11, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Haunting Performance Of A Singer Must Die – Gothenburg 2010

singermAnd all the ladies go moist, and the judge has no choice
A singer must die for the lie in his voice
And I thank you, I thank you for doing your duty
You keepers of truth, you guardians of beauty
Your vision is right, my vision is wrong
I’m sorry for smudging the air with my song

Leonard Cohen – A Singer Must Die
Gothenburg: Aug 12, 2010

Note: Originally posted Aug 16, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“The only time we win is that moment when we drop the battle and we affirm the whole situation with this embrace” Leonard Cohen Talks About Hallelujah & Bernadette

[John McKenna:] Song of Bernadette works on several levels. There the young visionary of February and March 1858 with that apparition in her soul. A vision no-one believed. And, there are the rest of us with our own visions and dreams, which no-one, least of all ourselves, can believe in. Once we realise that visions don’t last – they disappear – and we end up running and falling, rather than flying. There’s Bernadette, true to her belief and finally rewarded with the knowledge that there is mercy in the world. There’s Leonard Cohen, acknowledging that each of us is torn by what we’ve done and can’t undo.

I think that we mostly do fail in these things, but the thing that makes these failures supportable are these moments like the one I tried to talk about in Hallelujah or the one I tried to talk about in Bernadette it’s those are the moments when the thing is resolved – the thing is reconciled – not actually by moving pieces around it’s not a chess game. As I say in my new version of Hallelujah, ‘I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch, but love is not a victory march, it’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah.’ Nobody’s going to win this, not the men not the women not the socialists, not the conservatives. Nobody’s going to win this deal. The only time we win is that moment when we drop the battle and we affirm the whole situation with this embrace.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns – Interview With Leonard Cohen Presented By John McKenna. RTE Ireland, May 9 & 12, 1988. Retrieved from LeonardCohenFiles. Originally posted November 22, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric