Leonard Cohen | Live at Harbour Station | Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada | April 15, 2013
While Leonard Cohen sometimes sang Chelsea Hotel #2 in an ironic, almost sardonic manner, this rendition from his final tour (2013) is breathtakingly earnest.
Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel #2
Rome: July 7, 2013
Video by AintNoCureForLove
Note: Originally posted Jul 8, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
through the graves the wind is blowing,
freedom soon will come;
then we’ll come from the shadows.
Leonard Cohen – The Partisan
Melbourne: Nov 20, 2013
Video by alanm5049
Note: Originally posted Nov 23, 2013at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Well, my friends are gone and my hair is grey
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on
I’m just paying my rent every day in the Tower of Song
Leonard Cohen – Tower Of Song
Adelaide: Dec 11, 2013
Video by by alanm5049
Note: Originally posted Dec 12, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
In a LeonardCohenForum post about the Nov 26, 2013 Leonard Cohen concert, Bev aka B4real reported
Near the beginning of Going Home Leonard sang this line ‘He just doesn’t have the cojones to refuse‘
In the original lyrics that line reads
He just doesn’t have the freedom to refuse
Like many Cohen admirers, I’m intrigued by the changes he frequently makes in his lyrics. I am especially taken with the substitution of “cojones” for “freedom” because – well, mostly because it’s just so damn cool.
And, it’s not a trivial change. “He just doesn’t have the freedom to refuse” could, for example, be legitimately interpreted as a Calvinistic declaration that refusal is not and never could be an option because every human’s life and behavior has long ago been predetermined and free will is an illusion. The ability to refuse – if one has the courage – is, however, implicit in “He just doesn’t have the cojones to refuse.”
Yep, it takes cojones to make a change like that.
Note: Originally posted Nov 30, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric