By the same source as Video Animation Of “The Letters” By Leonard Cohen And Sharon Robinson
Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson – Boogie Street
Video from cronogeo
[Boogie Street is] ordinary human struggle and life, the place of work and desire. It’s where we’re meant to be, it’s what we’re born into. There are moments when the burden of the self is lifted, but those are only temporary situations. As I say in the song, ‘You kiss my lips and then it’s done/I’m back on Boogie Street.’ Whatever the experience is — the god, the woman, the insight, the epiphany, the penetration — those are temporary events. Or as my old teacher says, ‘You can’t live in Paradise — no toilets or restaurants.’
“Leonard Cohen Gave Me 200 Franc” by Martin Oestergaard (Euroman, Denmark September 2001). Note: Originally posted Feb 16, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Leonard Cohen (quoting from the lyrics of By the Rivers Dark): Be the truth unsaid and the blessings gone, if I forget my Babylon
Interviewer: Can you be a good Jew and love Babylon?
Well, you know, the Talmud was written in Babylon. A lot of good Jews lived and wrote and thought and prayed there. And that’s where we are – we’re on Boogie Street. We’re in Babylon. I think it’s appropriate to live completely where you are and not reserve some mythical or spiritual refuge as an alternative. That can produce a kind of dangerous spiritual schizophrenia. We have to make it here; we have to make Jerusalem in Babylon.
Something like that. I say it better in the song: ‘Kiss my lips and then it’s done, I’m back on Boogie Street.’ As Roshi says, you can’t live in paradise. No restaurants or toilets.
Exile on Main Street by Brett Grainger (Elm Street: Nov 2001)
That’s just a journalistic reportage of the process. We are made in love and in love we disappear. But that love is not the romantic love, it’s the impersonal, benign activity that governs creation and destruction.
Leonard Cohen – Felonious Monk by Sylvie Simmons (Mojo: November 2001)