Leonard Cohen & Henry David Thoreau On An Antidote For Love

Thoreau’s words were written in his journal July 25, 1839 when he was enamored of Ellen Sewall.1 Leonard Cohen’s words are from the lyrics of “Ain’t No Cure for Love,” which was first released on Jennifer Warnes’ 1987 tribute album Famous Blue Raincoat. It was then released on Cohen’s 1988 album I’m Your Man.

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  1. Source: The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau []

“If you want a fighter in the hangar/If you want to strike me dead in anger” Leonard Cohen’s Handwritten Notes For I’m Your Man

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The above graphic (click to enlarge) is an image of Leonard Cohen’s handwritten notes for an early version of I’m Your Man.

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If you want a heart
xxxxthat beats for you
If you want a fighter in the hangar
If you want to strike me dead in anger
xxxxHere I stand
xxxxI’m your man
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I’m Your Man
Leonard Cohen

Note: The second full line was initially interpreted as “If you want a fighter in the bargain,” but after reviewing email responses, I agree with the consensus  that  but the line is correctly read as “If you want a fighter in the hangar.”

Credit Due Department: The image by James Cassimus was an illustration for Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland (Musician, July 1988). Contributed by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted Dec 29, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armor themselves against wonder.” The Favourite Game By Leonard Cohen

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Seven to eleven is a huge chunk of life, full of dulling and forgetting. It is fabled that we slowly lose the gift of speech with animals, that birds no longer visit our windowsills to converse. As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armor themselves against wonder.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen
The Favourite Game

Note: Originally posted February 13, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“You wanted to be the Superman who was never Clark Kent.” From Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen

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Note: Leonard Cohen was, like me, a comic book aficionado. For more about this often overlooked early influence on the Canadian singer-songwriter, see

Note: Originally posted April 5, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“From the church where the outcasts can hide/Or the mosque where the blood is dignified…” Unused Verse From Leonard Cohen’s Democracy

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From the church where the outcasts can hide
Or the mosque where the blood is dignified
Like the fingers on your hand
Like the hourglass of sand
We can separate but not divide
From the eye above the pyramid
And the dollar’s cruel display
From the law behind the law
Behind the law we still obey
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

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by Leonard Cohen

 

Source: Tower Of Song – Interview (Feb 1992) by Paul Zollo. SongTalk: April 1993. One of the verses Leonard Cohen discarded from “the 50 or 60 I discarded for ‘Democracy’” (Interview: Bob Harris’s Whispers: May 26, 1993). Originally posted Sep 2, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric