Leonard Cohen’s Notes On So Long, Marianne: “I didn’t think I was saying goodbye but I guess I was.”

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I began this on Aylmer Street in Montreal and finished it a year or so later at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. I didn’t think I was saying goodbye but I guess I was. She gave me many songs, and she has given songs to others too. She is a Muse. A lot of people I know think that there is nothing more important than making a song. Fortunately, this belief arises infrequently in their conversation.
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From “Some Notes On The Songs” on back cover of The Best of Leonard Cohen album (1975 )