“If you want a fighter in the hangar/If you want to strike me dead in anger” Leonard Cohen’s Handwritten Notes For I’m Your Man

I’ll Write Like A Doctor For You

The above graphic (click to enlarge) is an image of Leonard Cohen’s handwritten notes for an early version of I’m Your Man.

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If you want a heart
xxxxthat beats for you
If you want a fighter in the hangar
If you want to strike me dead in anger
xxxxHere I stand
xxxxI’m your man
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I’m Your Man
Leonard Cohen

Note: The second full line was initially interpreted as “If you want a fighter in the bargain,” but after reviewing email responses, I agree with the consensus  that  but the line is correctly read as “If you want a fighter in the hangar.”

Credit Due Department: The image by James Cassimus was an illustration for Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland (Musician, July 1988). Contributed by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted Dec 29, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Has Got The Moves – Nashville 2009

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The title of this video, Fancy Footwork, says it all, but just in case, I’ll explain:

This is the most fun you are going to get from feet in
25 seconds without invoking the word, “fetish.”

The video excerpt is, of course, the basis for the Leonard Cohen Animation atop this post, but the original recording, which includes the audio deleted in the gif, is particularly admirable.

Leonard Cohen, Nashville – Fancy Footwork
Video of “I’m Your Man” excerpt  from alkmrt, aka Linda Straub

Note: Originally posted Nov 22, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Whatever the relationships between men & women are, the fact is we are each other’s content” Leonard Cohen on I’m Your Man

1988

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I said to myself, ‘What would I do to be accepted by the woman and what does the woman want? What does a woman want from a man?’ Many men have addressed this problem: what kind of a man does she want me to be? And it’s only the hunger for the woman, the necessity to live in her presence, whether this is love or not. Whatever the relationships between men and women are, the fact is we are each other’s content. We cannot live without each other. So accepting that as one of the aspects of being in love, or dying of love, a man dying of love writes this song. Whatever you want me to be I’ll bequotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

I’m Your Man, by Alberto Manzano, originally published in Rockdelux (Spain), May 1988.

New Leonard Cohen Videos: Suzanne & I’m Your Man – Vancouver 2010

vacIf you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you
If you want a partner, take my hand, or
If you want to strike me down in anger
Here I stand
I’m your man

These quality videos were uploaded only yesterday.

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
Vancouver: December 2, 2010
Video by Marie Noonan

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
Vancouver: December 2, 2010
Video by Marie Noonan

Leonard Cohen Explains Love Song Intent To CBC

Cindy Buissaillon: “I’m Your Man”, it strikes me, I mean, yes feminists have given you a lot of flack, but to have such a man singing that song, it seems to me, is to be a fortunate woman. This is a woman who is allowed absolute freedom. This is a troubadour of the nineties singing to her, so it strikes me.

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Well, I certainly meant it that way, I didn’t write a love song to turn anybody off.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen, being interviewed by Cindy Buissaillon on CBC Radio (August 26, 1995). Note: Originally posted April 10, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Five Funniest Leonard Cohen Music Videos: 4. I’m Your Man & 5. Tower Of Song – Swedish TV 1988

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The Five Funniest Leonard Cohen Music Videos

The humor of these videos starring Leonard Cohen, aka Poet Laureate Of Pessimism, aka High Priest Of Pathos, aka Master Of Erotic Despair, aka Gloom Merchant, …1 is, one hopes, self-evident so only minimal annotations have been added. Today’s post features the #4 and #5 funniest videos; all posts in this series can be found at

The Criteria:

  1. The videos must feature Leonard Cohen in a professionally staged and directed performance intended to be viewed in the video medium.
  2. Videos of live performances, such as concerts, are ineligible.
  3. Home-brewed cut and paste videos, Leonard Cohen impersonations, and parodies are ineligible.
  4. “Funniest” includes funny-ha ha, funny-weird, and combinations of both.

5. Tower Of Song (Swedish TV 1988)

I will stipulate that entries #5 and #4 may well be more fun than funny. That specified, I stand by their rankings in this category. For details, see Videos: Leonard Cohen Sung To, Danced With, Fondled By Perla Batalla & Julie Christensen On Swedish TV from which this excerpt is taken:

This video of Leonard Cohen and backup singers, Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, performing “Tower Of Song” was also part of the 29/30 June 1988 episode of Jacob’s Backstage (Med Noje Pa Dalaro) Stockholm, Sweden [see #4 below] and was also incongruously set against the backdrop of a pleasant lake.

While the action lacks the fondling that was the keynote of the “I’m Your Man” production, Perla Batalla’s never-shifting gaze fixed on Cohen and Julie Christensen’s dreamy look with sometimes closed and sometimes half-closed eyes are sufficiently provocative.

 

4. I’m Your Man (Swedish TV 1988)

Again, for details, see Videos: Leonard Cohen Sung To, Danced With, Fondled By Perla Batalla & Julie Christensen On Swedish TV from which this excerpt is taken:

While all the obligatory flirtatious adoration of his back-up singers/willing accomplices associated with the salaciously provocative “I’m Your Man” is, other than the song itself, the high point of the video, at least two other tiny gems adorn this production.

1. I’d Say Please, Too: Just after 2:30 Leonard Cohen does his Roscoe Beck imitation, echoing his own “Pleeeeease.”

2. Someone Makes A Splash: At 1:54 a diver springs into the lake over Julie Christensen’s right shoulder. As a guide, the screen capture is shown below with the diver’s body circled in red and Photoshopped into high contrast.

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
Swedish TV: June 29/30, 1988
Video from Current Cohen (May be blocked in some countries)

Note: Originally posted Jun 24, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
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  1. There are plenty more nicknames where those came from – see Leonard Cohen, AKA … – The Nicknames []