2016 Cohencentric Highlights: Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker”

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2016 Cohencentric Highlights: In 2016, posts about the deaths of Marianne Ihlen & Leonard Cohen, of course,garnered the most views by a wide margin. Of those posts on other topics, however, the video of Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker,” posted on , was the most popular,

Update: “You Want It Darker” is the title song from the new Leonard Cohen album coming out this fall. All information available about the You Want It Darker album by Leonard Cohen is collected and updated at Info & Updates: Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker

You Want It Darker” is the new Leonard Cohen song heard during an erotic asphyxiation scene (definitely NSFW) near the end of Season 3, Episode 5 of Peaky Blinders. The lyrics of “You Want It Darker” (the segment of the song used in Peaky Blinders) follow:

If you are the dealer
Let me out of the game
If you are the healer
I’m broken and lame
If thine is the glory
Mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Update: The lyrics of the entire song can be found at Lyrics Of “You Want It Darker”

The video of the pertinent Peaky Blinders segment can be viewed below.

Leonard Cohen All-Stars: Top 10 Cohencentric Posts So Far In 2016

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New Leonard Cohen Song “You Want It Darker” In Peaky Blinders Garners 4 Of Top 10 Positions – But Not #1

Cohencentric commemorates today’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game with the lineup of our top 10 posts ranked in descending order of page views so far in 2016.1

10. Photo: Leonard Cohen & Friend With Ice Cream – 7 Years Ago

Photo: Leonard Cohen & Friend With Ice Cream – 7 Years Ago

9. Stellar Video: Born In Chains By Leonard Cohen With Sharon Robinson & The Webb Sisters – Las Vegas 2010

Stellar Video: Born In Chains By Leonard Cohen With Sharon Robinson & The Webb Sisters – Las Vegas 2010

8. The Nevermind Variations: Mysterious Changes In True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen

The Nevermind Variations: Mysterious Changes In True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen

7. Peaky Blinders Season 3, Including New Leonard Cohen Song, On Netflix May 31

Peaky Blinders Season 3, Including New Leonard Cohen Song, On Netflix May 31


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  1. Note: Some of these posts were published before 2016 but only views garnered since Jan 1, 2016 are counted for this listing. []

Video: Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker”

pkxxUpdate: “You Want It Darker” is the title song from the new Leonard Cohen album coming out this fall. All information available about the You Want It Darker album  by Leonard Cohen is collected and updated at Info & Updates: Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker

You Want It Darker” is the new Leonard Cohen song heard during an erotic asphyxiation scene (definitely NSFW) near the end of Season 3, Episode 5 of Peaky Blinders. The lyrics of “You Want It Darker” (the segment of the song used in Peaky Blinders) follow:

If you are the dealer
Let me out of the game
If you are the healer
I’m broken and lame
If thine is the glory
Mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Update: The lyrics of the entire song can be found at Lyrics Of “You Want It Darker”

The video of the pertinent Peaky Blinders segment can be viewed below.

Lyrics Of “You Want It Darker” – New Leonard Cohen Song Heard In Peaky Blinders

pkxxYou Want It Darker” is the new Leonard Cohen song heard during an erotic asphyxiation scene (definitely NSFW) near the end of Season 3, Episode 5 of Peaky Blinders.

After watching the episode on Netflix, I transcribed the lyrics of “You Want It Darker” as performed in this fragment and uploaded them to the Leonard Cohen Facebook Page.

Update: Complete Lyrics of You Want It Darker as sung on album

If you are the dealer
I’m out of the game
If you are the healer
Means I’m broken and lame
If thine is the glory
Then mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Magnified, sanctified
Be Thy Holy Name
Vilified, crucified
In the human frame
A million candles burning
For the help that never came
You want it darker

Hineni Hineni
I’m ready, my Lord

There’s a lover in the story
But the story’s still the same
There’s a lullaby for suffering
And a paradox to blame
But it’s written in the scriptures
And it’s not some idle claim
You want it darker
We kill the flame

They’re lining up the prisoners and
The guards are taking aim
I struggled with some demons
They were middle-class and tame
I didn’t know I had permission
To murder and to maim
You want it darker

Hineni Hinen
I’m ready, my Lord

Magnified, sanctified
Be Thy Holy Name
Vilified, crucified
In the human frame
A million candles burning
For the love that never came
You want it darker
We kill the flame

If you are the dealer
Let me out of the game
If you are the healer
I’m broken and lame
If thine is the glory
Mine must be the shame
You want it darker

Hineni Hineni…..this line repeated
I’m ready, my Lord

Update: Watch Video: Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker”

Peaky Blinders Season 3, Including New Leonard Cohen Song, On Netflix May 31

pk6Excerpts from ‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 3: The British Gangland Saga is Back on Netflix by Tobias Grey (WSJ: May 30, 2016):

Gang cultures exist throughout the world, but for movie and television audiences, they don’t always cross borders easily. Netflix doesn’t provide ratings, but “Peaky Blinders,” which starts its third season on the streaming service on May 31, is anecdotally gaining such traction in the U.S. to go along with its hit status in Britain. BBC Two announced Wednesday it had ordered two more seasons of the show. It also airs in about 160 other countries.

The series uses contemporary music by artists such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (whose ominous “Red Right Hand” provides the theme), Tom Waits, the White Stripes and Radiohead. Leonard Cohen wrote a song especially for the series that will appear in season 3. And before he died, David Bowie, a fan. gave his blessing for music from his final album “Black Star” to be used this season. [Emphasis mine]

Update: I’ve uploaded the lyrics of “You Want It Darker” – the new Leonard Cohen Song heard in Peaky Blinders – to the Leonard Cohen Facebook Page.

Update: Watch Video: Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker”

“Leonard Cohen has written a song for us” Steven Knight, Creator Of Peaky Blinders

peakyUpdate: Watch Video: Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker”

From Peaky Blinders premiere: Cillian Murphy and Steven Knight hint at future plans and talk of research for Birmingham-based show by Jack Averty (Native Monster: May 5, 2016)

And, from Cillian Murphy: ‘I gave David Bowie my Peaky Blinders cap’ by Roz Laws (Birmingham Mail: May 5, 2016):

Steven Knight also revealed how Leonard Cohen has written a new track for the show.

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Peaky Binders aficionado Bill H (who admits he’s “not a big Leonard Cohen fan” but knows that I am), who alerted me to this news after seeing an earlier Cohencentric post, “Leonard Cohen is the emperor, king and master of all” Steven Knight (He’s a huge Peaky Blinders fan too).