The Never Mind Variations: 2005 & 2006 Versions Of Leonard Cohen’s Poem


Gisa from Berlin, Germany points out that before Leonard Cohen’s Nevermind was a track on the Popular Problems album and before it appeared in changing versions as the theme song of True Detective (see The Nevermind Variations: 3 Episodes, 3 Versions Of True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen), Never Mind was a Leonard Cohen poem, an early draft of which was first posted at LeonardCohenFiles in 2005 and a final rendering of which was published in The Book Of Longing (2006).


Video: “Greece is a good place to look at the moon, isn’t it” – Leonard Cohen Recites Days Of Kindness

terrxace Leonard Cohen Recites Days Of Kindness

Days Of Kindness
By Leonard Cohen

Greece is a good place
to look at the moon, isn’t it
You can read by moonlight
You can read on the terrace
You can see a face
as you saw it when you were young
There was good light then
oil lamps and candles
and those little flames
that floated on a cork in olive oil
What I loved in my old life
I haven’t forgotten
It lives in my spine
Marianne and the child
The days of kindness
It rises in my spine
and it manifests as tears
I pray that loving memory
exists for them too
the precious ones I overthrew
for an education in the world

Hydra, 1985

My Mother Asleep: A Poem By Leonard Cohen

My Mother Asleep by Leonard Cohen
From Book Of Longing

remembering my mother
at a theatre in Athens
thirty-five years ago
a revue by Theodorakis
those great songs
she fell asleep
in the chair beside mine
in the open-air theatre
she had arrived that day
from Montreal
and the play started close to midnight
and she slept through
the mandolins
the climbing harmonies
and the great songs
I was young
I hadn’t had my children
I didn’t know how far away
your love could be
I didn’t know how
tired you could get

Note: Originally posted July 7, 2010 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric