Leonard Cohen Elaborates On “These are the final days, this is the darkness, this is the flood” From Gypsy’s Wife

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As I wrote in 1975 or 1976, ‘These are the final days, this is the darkness, this is the flood.’ I had this sense that some thing had happened, and that people were kind of hanging on to their little bits of furniture and bobbing about in the torrent. Therefore, descriptions like ‘conservative,’ ‘liberal,’ ‘pro-abortion’ or ‘anti-abortion,’ these definitions that were current and still define the political life, were entirely irrelevant, considering the catastrophe and the predicament people found themselves in.quotedown2

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Note: “These are the final days, this is the darkness, this is the flood” is a line from the lyrics of The Gypsy’s Wife, released on Leonard’s 1979 album Recent Songs.

From A Purple Haze To A Purple Patch by Adam Sweeting (The Canberra Times: July 24, 1994)

“These Are The Final Days” – Leonard Cohen On “Gypsy Wife” + 2008 Helsinki Performance

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On ‘Gypsy Wife’ I was saying these are the final days, this is the darkness, this is the flood. I know, from talking to my friends and my own feelings, that something has happened, that the milestones are gone, that the lights have gone out, and that people are floundering in a profound way. What I’m dealing with is post-apocalypse. There’s a tremendous gulf between public utterance and private understanding.quotedown2

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From No Line Before Its Time It Takes Leonard Cohen A While To Find The Right Words by Tom Moon, Philadelphia Inquirer: Nov 26, 1992

And where, where is my Gypsy wife tonight?
Too early for the rainbow, too early for the dove
These are the final days, this is the darkness, this is the flood
And there is no man or woman who can’t be touched
But you who come between them will be judged
And where, where is my Gypsy wife tonight?

Leonard Cohen – The Gypsy’s Wife
Helsinki: Oct 10, 2008
Video by albertnoonan