Leonard Cohen Performs Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye On Swiss TV 1976

76heyYesterday’s posting of Stellar Video: Leonard Cohen’s Full French TV Performance – Lover, Lover, Lover 1976 prompted several viewers to alert me to another 1976 Leonard Cohen video from a French language broadcast. On July 1, 1976, Radio Television Suisse (RTS) broadcast Leonard Cohen performing Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye soon after his June 25 concert opened the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival and has now offered the video online. The descriptive language at the RTS site is somewhat ambiguous, at least in translation (“For his fans and all those who enjoyed it, extract of this concert, 01.07.1976, broadcast in the show“), but the performance captured on this video does not appear to be the concert performance.

The 1976 Tour musicians follow:

  • Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes – backup singers
  • Sid McGinnes – guitar
  • Johnny Miller – bass
  • Fred Thaylor – keyboards
  • Luther Rix – drums

Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” Featured In “Transparent”

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Excerpted from The Best Music Moments of ‘Transparent’ by Wondering Sound Staff Contributor (Wondering Sound: Nov 3, 2014)

Leonard Cohen, “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” (Episode 9)

In a ranking of best-named songs to fit plot points, this is easily the most brilliant. In Episode 9 (Looking Up), Shelly’s second husband Ed (Lawrence Pressman) is in a coma and Shelly is in agony waiting for him to die, as her kids are all too selfish to realize she needs help and is lonely, and Maura is the only one there to comfort her. While the Pfeffermans are in the kitchen plotting to off him with Percoset (save for Ali, who’s disgusted and the only one who’s shown any concern for Ed), we see Ed pull himself out of his bed and plunge toward the front door to escape. Then we cut to a scene early in Ed and Shelly’s relationship, where he tells a joke involving Alzheimer’s and the clap, and he says with a smile, “I’m just here to make you happy.” Ed raises his glass with a toast of “l’chaim” (“to life” in Hebrew), and “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” by Leonard Cohen plays through the credits. It’s a sweet ode to Ed, who, while unable to speak in the present day, has always come across as endearing (when he escaped early in the show, he returned with a caricature and cotton candy), even though Shelly wrote him off as a pain in her ass. “Yes many loved before us, I know that we are not new/ in city and in forest they smiled like me and you,” Cohen sings, “But let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t untie/ your eyes are soft with sorrow/ Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye.” — L.L.

Leonard Cohen – Hey That`s No Way To Say Goodbye

 

Leonard Cohen’s One-Performance Only Version Of “Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” Cologne 1988

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Leonard Cohen Sings To A Different Beat

While the visual aspects of this video are suboptimal, it captures Leonard Cohen1 singing “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” in a rhythm distinct from any other performance I have heard.

For purposes of comparison, a video of a  more typical performance of the song (from the 2013 Rotterdam concert) is also embedded below.

Leonard Cohen – Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
Cologne: April 10, 1988
Video by jikan78

For comparison,

Leonard Cohen – Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
Rotterdam: Sept 18, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Jul 13, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. Comparison video updated for this re-posting.
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  1. Band Members: Bob Furgo (keyboards, violin), Bob Metzger (guitars, pedal steel guitar), Steve Meadot (drums), Stephen Zirkel (bass, keyboards, trumpet), John Bilezikjian (oud, mandolin), Tom McMorran (keyboards), Julie Christensen (vocals), Perla Batalla (vocals) []

Video: Classic 1976 Performance – Leonard Cohen & Judy Collins Sing Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye

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Judy Collins : And we’d like to sing together for you…
Leonard Cohen : This is a song that we first sing together in a Hotel room in Newport..
Judy Collins: That’s right! That’s right, the Festival it was…
Leonard Cohen: We sang it all night
Judy Collins: I know ….

Leonard Cohen & Judy Collins – Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
Chicago Soundstage TV Broadcast: Jan 1976
Video by Beta Hi-Fi Archive

6-Camera Composite Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye – Rotterdam 2013

6ggoodI’m not looking for another as I wander in my time,
walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme
you know my love goes with you as your love stays with me,
it’s just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea,
but let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t untie,
your eyes are soft with sorrow,
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye.

This composite is formed from six videos shot live at the Sept 18, 2013 Leonard Cohen Rotterdam concert by albertnoonan; gosiorka; LisWantTwo; MaartenLC; OscarOoij; and Wirebirds. The editor of the final product is alanm5049

Worthy of special note are exquisite violin interludes by Alex Bublitchi.at the opening of the song and again a 2:38.

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Leonard Cohen – Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
Rotterdam: Sept 18, 2013
Video constructed by alanm5049

Note: Originally posted January 22, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric