Best Of The 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour: Anthem – Oakland 2010

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

Leonard Cohen – Anthem
Oakland: December 5, 2010

This is Leonard Cohen’s long version of Anthem with an preamble that begins with “a kid with a crazy dream” and band introductions that include the Rafael Gayol Saga that invariably triggers giggling from the drummer (for more see Leonard Cohen And The Saga Of Rafael Gayol).

Leonard Cohen – Anthem
Oakland: December 5, 2010
Video from arlenedick15

Note: Originally posted June 27, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“‘There’s a crack in everything, that’s where the light gets in.’ That’s the closest thing I could describe to a credo.” Leonard Cohen

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‘There’s a crack in everything, that’s where the light gets in.’ That’s the closest thing I could describe to a credo. That idea is one of the foundations, one of the fundamental positions behind a lot of the songs.quotedown2

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Sincerely, L. Cohen by Brian Cullman (Details for Men, January, 1993). Photo by Ted McDonnell.

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Anthem, Quotes Yeats – Sligo 2010

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Signature Sequence Of Leonard Cohen Lissadell House Concert

Leonard Cohen closed the first set of the July 31, 2010 Lissadell House concert by  quoting the opening lines from  “In Memory Of Eva Gore-Booth And Con Markiewicz” by William Butler Yeats –

The light of evening, Lissadell,
Great windows open to the south,
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle.

Leonard Cohen – Yeats Quote & Anthem
Lissadell House, Sligo: July 31, 2010
Video from albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Aug 6, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I want to serve you baby, but I’ve forgotten how to bend my knee” Leonard Cohen

wingLyrics to an early version of Anthem sung by Leonard Cohen in Exceptional Video: Portrait Of Leonard Cohen – 1992 Interview On Songwriting

Credit Due Department: Thanks to J.J. Harchaoui, who noted that the line correctly reads “I want to serve you baby, but I’ve forgotten how to bend my knee” rather than “I want to serve you baby, but I’ve forgotten how” as initially posted.

Leonard Cohen’s Lines From 1985 “Diamonds In The Mine” Variation Recur In 2016 “Treaty”

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Renik Van den Eynde has discovered that the variation of Diamonds In The Mine Leonard Cohen sang at the Feb 2, 1985 Wiesbaden concert correlates with the first verse of Treaty from the You Want It Darker album.

From Diamonds In The Mine:

I see you changed the water all into wine
That was a pretty trick to do
I sit at your table every night
Baby I just can’t get drunk with you.
And there are no letters in your mailbox
There are no grapes upon the vine

The verse starts at 3:36

From Treaty:

I’ve seen you change the water into wine
I’ve seen you change it back to water too
I sit at your table every night
I try but I just don’t get high with you

Leonard Cohen: “No alibi … You have to stand up and say Hallelujah”

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I wanted to write something in the tradition of the hallelujah choruses but from a different point of view. I think the other song that is closely related to that is ‘Anthem.’ It’s the notion that there is no perfection–that this is a broken world and we live with broken hearts and broken lives but still that is no alibi for anything. On the contrary, you have to stand up and say hallelujah under those circumstances.quotedown2

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From “Robert Hilburn Interviews Leonard Cohen” by Robert Hilburn (Los Angeles Times, September 24, 1995)

Note: Originally posted November 8, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric