Leonard Cohen on the voice singing in Arabic on Nevermind representing the oppressed

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In one of the more striking musical passages, Cohen brings in plaintive Arabic snippets of a female singer in Nevermind, in which he bemoans the anonymity of war victims with verses such as, “The story’s told with facts and lies / I had a name / But never mind.” Cohen, previewing the album at a New York nightclub, says the woman’s voice represented “the oppressed” who are absent from public discourse. ”Generally speaking, nothing anybody says in public anymore nourishes or resonates with any authentic sense that you have about things,” Cohen explains. ”So, same way about Syria or the general catastrophe that confronts us now. So that voice comes out of that unrepresented majority of people.”

From Folk Legend Leonard Cohen Turns 80, Releases New Album, a report on the New York preview of Popular Problems, in The Star: Sept 23, 2014. I’ve included the Nevermind video (audio only) below for convenience.

Leonard Cohen – Neverind

Note: Originally posted September 23, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“There are certain truths that are in a dormant stage that you can’t always locate or be nourished by. But they’re there.” What Leonard Cohen said about Nevermind before it became the True Detective Theme Song


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‘There’s truth that lives and truth that dies. I don’t know which, so never mind. There is no need that this survive, there’s truth that lives and truth that dies.’ It’s one of those phrases that resonates in some corner of the heart. And I don’t think it serves us well to explain it or to analyze it or to interpret it. It sounded right to me. There are certain truths that are in a dormant stage that you can’t always locate or be nourished by. But they’re there.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen on Longevity, Money, Poetry and Sandwiches By Gavin Edwards (Rolling Stone: Sept 19, 2014)

Posts about the changing versions of Nevermind serving as the True Detective Season 2 Theme Song can be found at True Detective