Outstanding Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Lover, Lover, Lover – Wallingford, CT 2013

And may the spirit of this song
May it rise up pure and free
May it be a shield for you
A shield against the enemy

Leonard Cohen – Lover, Lover, Lover
Wallingford, CT: April 2, 2013
Video from WorldStreams

Note: Originally posted Apr 3, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Performs Lover, Lover, Lover, A Song Born Of Conflict – Paris 1976

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‘Lover, Lover, Lover’ was born over there; the whole world has its eyes riveted on this tragic and complex conflict. Then again, I am faithful to certain ideas, inevitably. I hope that those of which I am in favour will gain.1quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

These words by Leonard Cohen reference the 1973 Yom Kippur War. I posted this video and those lines after the Nov 13, 2015 Paris terror attacks – and now I find myself turning to them again after the 2017 atrocities in Manchester and London.

And may the spirit of this song
May it rise up pure and free
May it be a shield for you
A shield against the enemy

Leonard Cohen – Lover Lover Lover
Backup Singers: Laura Branigan & Cheryl Barnes
Le Grand Echiquier on French TV: May 27, 19762

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Jo Meul who alerted me to this superior version of Leonard Cohen singing Lover Lover Lover on French TV in 1976.

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  1. “I’m Just A Minor Poet” By Gilles Medioni. L’Express, France, October 4, 2001. Found at Leonard Cohen French Web Site. []
  2. Le Grand Echiquier was a live tribute program presented by Jacques Chancel and dedicated to Charles Aznavour, featuring Bird on The Wire, Lover Lover Lover, and Suzanne. Source: Diamonds in the Mine []

Hear Leonard Cohen’s Lover, Lover, Lover Performed In Hebrew

 

Indie musician Shai Tsabari released a new rendition this week of Leonard Cohen’s 1974 song “Lover, Lover, Lover.” Shlomi Shaban is responsible for the Hebrew version of the song.

In this rendition of the song that Cohen wrote during the Yom Kippur War, the final lines are, literally: “And may the spirit of this song / waft in pure freedom / May it be a shield for you / against the enemy and the cold.” In rock pianist Shlomi Shaban’s translation into Hebrew, the lines rhyme.

From This Version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Lover, Lover, Lover’ Is Not Something You Hear Often (Haaretz: Feb 19, 2017)

Thanks to Batia Gilad, who alerted me to this video and to Jugurtha Harchaoui, who alerted me to the Haaretz article.

Video: Leonard Cohen & The 1973 Yom Kippur War

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Note: A video of “Leonard Cohen Sings to Israeli Troops in the Yom Kipur War” has recently been posted to YouTube, but appears to be a segment of the video below.

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Video from אורי שפירא

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Jo Meul & Linda Sturgess, who brought these videos to my attention. Note: Originally posted January 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Stellar Video: Leonard Cohen’s Full French TV Performance – Lover, Lover, Lover 1976

loverloverAnd may the spirit of this song
May it rise up pure and free
May it be a shield for you
A shield against the enemy

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‘Lover, Lover, Lover’ was born over there; the whole world has its eyes riveted on this tragic and complex conflict. Then again, I am faithful to certain ideas, inevitably. I hope that those of which I am in favour will gain.1quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

These words by Leonard Cohen reference the 1973 Yom Kippur War

bkup56Jo Meul alerts us to a improved version of Leonard Cohen singing Lover Lover Lover on French TV in 1976. An already outstanding video, which has been available for some time, is now stellar: the annoying subtitles are gone and, more importantly, the length is more than doubled.  It’s a gem.

Leonard Cohen – Lover Lover Lover
With Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes
Le Grand Echiquier on French TV: May 27, 19762

The 1976 Tour musicians follow:

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

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  1. “I’m Just A Minor Poet” By Gilles Medioni. L’Express, France, October 4, 2001. Found at Leonard Cohen French Web Site. []
  2. Le Grand Echiquier was a live tribute program presented by Jacques Chancel and dedicated to Charles Aznavour, featuring Bird on The Wire, Lover Lover Lover, and Suzanne. Source: Diamonds in the Mine []

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Lover, Lover, Lover Featuring Javier Mas – Kingston 2012

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And may the spirit of this song,
may it rise up pure and free.
May it be a shield for you,
a shield against the enemy.

This is another entry in our ongoing informal series, When Bad Seats Happen To Good Videographers. This video appears to have been taken over Charley Webb’s shoulder, but the result is a uniquely enjoyable perspective on the performance.

Leonard Cohen – Lover Lover Lover
Kingston: Dec 13, 2012
Video by JP Rayne

Credit Due Department: Thanks go to Laurence of Paris, who alerted me to this video