Video: Leonard Cohen Asked & Answers “Why Was The King Baffled?” – Brooklyn 2012

Somehow it seems fitting that the question “Why was the king baffled?” from the lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

was asked of and answered by the song’s composer in Brooklyn as he was leaving the theater Dec 20, 2012, having completed the final concert of the 2012 Tour.

Leonard Cohen Question
Video: Tony Azios

Note: Originally posted Dec 22, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Superb Video: Leonard Cohen Performs The Partisan – Paris 2012

I took my gun and vanished.
I have changed my name so often,
I’ve lost my wife and children
but I have many friends,
and some of them are with me.

The Partisan – Leonard Cohen
Olympia Theatre, Paris – Sept 29, 2012
Video: albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Dec 11, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Essential 2012 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert Videos: Sisters of Mercy, Closing Time & Save The Last Dance

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How Good Are These Leonard Cohen Videos?

These Aug 22, 2012 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam performance videos by Albert Noonan are so good that you should

  • Wake the children, prop them in front of the computer, and compel them to watch these videos to embed within their minds and hearts a gold standard for great musical presentations.
  • Beg/pressure/trick your friends and family who think they don’t like Leonard Cohen’s music into viewing these videos. They could well begin appreciating his work, which would enhance their lives and bring world peace just that much closer to reality. And, if they still don’t care for Leonard Cohen’s music, at least you can give up the notion of ever winning them over, realizing that they are incapable of grasping Leonard’s work, most likely because of a profound psychological flaw or a severe neurological deficit, and thus deserve our compassion.
  • Watch them yourself a dozen times or so today – both for the sheer indulgent pleasure and to remind yourself precisely why you love Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Cohen – Sisters of Mercy
Amsterdam: Aug 22, 2012
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Leonard Cohen – Closing Time & Save The Last Dance
Amsterdam: Aug 22, 2012
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Note: Originally posted Aug 25, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Video Of The Day: Passing Through – Warsaw 1985

warsawPassing through, passing through.
Sometimes happy, sometimes blue,
Glad that I ran into you.
Tell the people that you saw me passing through.

Leonard Cohen – Passing Through
Warsaw: March 22, 1985
Video uploaded by messalina79

Note: Originally posted Mar 2, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

1976 Leonard Cohen Olympia, Paris Show: Watch Video Gems & Hear Complete Concert

6-Jun-1976-5The June 5, 1976 Leonard Cohen concert at the Olympia Theatre in Paris is the source for a number of delights, including the rare photo atop this post taken by Dominique BOILE (also see more of Dominique’s shots of this show).

Do I Have To Dance All Night Release

do i have to dance all night cover art french900Although Cohen sang Do I Have To Dance All Night frequently in 1976 and 1980 concerts, it was released only as a seven inch single of the  June 5, 1976 performance. (For more information, see Do I Have To Dance All Night – The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve (Probably) Never Heard). There was, however, no video – until I created one.

Is This What You Wanted Video

Because I could not find a high quality video of Is This What You Wanted online, I created one, again using the recording from the 1976 Olympia concert. (For more information, see Video: Is This What You Wanted by Leonard Cohen – Paris 1976)

Leonard Cohen: Is This What You Wanted

Complete 1976 Leonard Cohen Paris Show

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An Independence Day Post: Leonard Cohen Performs Democracy – “A Revelation In The Heart”

“I wanted a revelation in the heart” Leonard Cohen On Democracy

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I didn’t want to compromise the anthemic, hymn-like quality [of Democracy]. I didn’t want it to get too punchy. I didn’t want to start a fight in the song. I wanted a revelation in the heart rather than a confrontation or a call-to-arms or a defense.quotedown2

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The Verse Not Taken

First we killed the Lord and then we stole the blues
This gutter people always in the news
But who really gets to laugh behind the black man’s back
When he makes his little crack about the Jews?
Who really gets to profit and who really gets to pay?
Who really rides the slavery ship right into Charleston Bay?
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

This verse, completed for “Democracy” but omitted from the final version (the lines were performed as a spoken verse in two concerts: San Francisco – July 3, 1993 and Boston – July 16, 19931), is an artifact of the rigorous revising that was integral to Leonard Cohen’s songwriting process and offers insight into his insight and intent. Leonard’s response to the query “Why did you take that [verse] out?” The quotation shown above is Leonard’s response to the query “Why did you take that [verse] out?”1

Leonard Cohen – Democracy
London: July 17, 2008
Video by PBS

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  1. Tower Of Song – Interview (Feb 1992) by Paul Zollo. SongTalk: April 1993, []