“I wanted to write one of those tough guy songs, one of those saloon songs” Leonard Cohen On Everybody Knows

I wanted to write one of those tough guy songs, one of those saloon songs. If you look closely, you can see it is a guy on the road or in the bar affirming his feelings but in a friendly way. It’s not like someone spitting on your grave. It’s like we are all in this together — everybody knows.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Robert Hilburn Interviews Leonard Cohen by Robert Hilburn I (Los Angeles Times, September 24, 1995). Photo by Alberto ManzanoOriginally posted Feb 2, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Hear Leonard Cohen Talk About Lines Written Under “The Tyranny Of Rhyme,” Politics, Love As An Ailment, Anjani, Recycling His Art & More – 2006


This Feb. 7, 2006 interview offers an impressive range and depth of material (albeit organized in a somewhat random manner).

From CBC description:

Leonard Cohen has reasons to celebrate. Five of his songs are being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. As heard in this in-depth radio interview, the usually reserved artist reflects back on his life. He talks openly about his days at a Buddhist monastery, his love of wine, his failure at love and what this latest honour means for the 71-year-old artist.

The five songs by Leonard Cohen inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006 were

  • Ain’t No Cure For Love
  • Bird on the Wire
  • Everybody Knows (co-written with Sharon Robinson)
  • Suzanne
  • Hallelujah

Program: Sounds Like Canada
Broadcast Date: Feb. 7, 2006
Guest: Leonard Cohen
Host: Shelagh Rogers
Duration: 21:02

Videos: All Six Songs From 1988 Leonard Cohen Live At Roskilde TV Broadcast

Dance Me To The End Of Love, Everybody Knows, First We Take Manhattan, Take This Waltz, Hallelujah,  Suzanne

On July 2, 1988, Leonard Cohen appeared  at the 1988 Roskilde Festival, held south of Roskilde, Denmark. Six of those songs were broadcast on TV2 Denmark. a1000kissesdeep (aka Tom Sakic to ongoing readers) has uploaded these to YouTube. Although all six suffer from color distortion, these videos are fascinating, not only because of the impressive performances by Leonard Cohen and his musicians but also due to the exuberant, banner-waving audience. Worthy of special note is Everybody Knows, which offers a precursor to one of Leonard Cohen’s signature moves during the 2008-2013 tours – kneeling beside John Bilezikjian on the oud  as he would later kneel beside Javier Mas to establish face to face contact as he sings and Mas plays.

1. Dance Me To The End Of Love
2. Everybody Knows
3. First We Take Manhattan
4. Take This Waltz
5. Hallelujah
6. Suzanne

Embedded below is  a representative performance, Take This Waltz.

Leonard Cohen – Take This Waltz
Roskilde: July 2, 1988

Note: Originally posted Aug 6, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows” Helps Exotica Make Best Movies List

exoticaPaste magazine’s 90 Best Movies Of The 1990s by Michael Dunaway (posted July 10, 2012) lists Atom Egoyan’s Exotica:

54. Exotica (Atom Egoyan, 1994): Backed with Mychael Danna’s haunting score and the dark, pulsing rhythm of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows,” there’s no escaping the hypnotic trance of the puzzle that is Atom Egoyan’s Exotica. Folding a collection of stories over themselves in space and time, Egoyan probes the lives of initially mysterious characters in a strip club and an exotic pet store, moving ever closer to their misfortunes and mental scars. Filling the film with one- and two-way mirrors, Egoyan forges a ring of characters who can’t clearly view themselves and others at the same time.—Jeremy Mathews [bolding mine]

Exotica and Dancing At The Blue Iguana, another movie about strippers featuring Leonard Cohen’s music, are both discussed at A Contemplation Of Leonard Cohen’s Music In Soundtracks Of Two Movies About Strip Clubs

Note: Originally posted July 11, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Everybody Knows: The Fate Of The Long Stem Rose At The 2009 Leonard Cohen Nashville Concert


Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

From “Everybody Knows” by Leonard Cohen

Nashville Production Of “The Rose” – In Two Acts

Act I

From bridger15 posting at LeonardCohenForum,

Everybody Knows: At 1.25, LC picks up a long stem rose with attached small flags of Canada, US and the State of Tennessee that I had placed on the stage apron prior to the beginning of the song. LC places it on the drum riser as he often does with gifts.

The video below automatically begins at 1:25.

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Nashville TPAC: Nov 5, 2009
Video from bridgebud

Act II


From bridger15 posting at LeonardCohenForum,

I Tried to Leave You: At 5.20, Raphael starts his solo and fails to catch one of his sticks. Roscoe Beck presents him with my long stem rose that LC had placed on the drum riser earlier.

The video below automatically begins at 5:20.

Leonard Cohen – I Tried to Leave You
Nashville TPAC: Nov 5, 2009
Video from bridgebud

Note: Originally posted Nov 7, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric