‘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.1
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.
- “I’m Just A Minor Poet” By Gilles Medioni. L’Express, France, October 4, 2001. Found at Leonard Cohen French Web Site. [↩]
- 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 [↩]