The thing that we’re hungry for cannot be described by a political position right now. There is some kind of moral resurrection that people from all positions on the spectrum can participate in. I don’t want my songs to be slogans for the Right, Left or middle. I want it to be a cry defined in very concrete images.
From Leonard Cohen and the Death of Cool By David Sprague. Your Flesh magazine: 1992. Originally posted April 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Democracy is the great religion of the West. It’s a faith. And it represents an appetite that has been animated in the heart, an appetite for some inviolable envelope of oxygen where you can breathe your own air, so to speak.
Life Of A Lady’s Man by Brian D. Johnson. Maclean’s: Dec 7, 1992.
I want to take over the unconditional leadership of the world, I want to lead the world to a new sensibility and there has to be a leader, a figure to do it. Sure, you can write that some little guy sang for the first time at Olympia and now he wants to take over the world. But I really believe the world is falling into step and people are getting together again. We’ll need everybody doing what they do best, not just singers. They’re already starting to do it. The main thing is to let them know they’re not alone.
These often-quoted words by Leonard Cohen first appeared in “Leonard Cohen Wants the Unconditional Leadership of the World” by Susan Lumsden (Weekend Magazine Sept 12, 1970). Originally posted May 25, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
From The Strange, Sad and Beautiful World of Leonard Cohen By Andrew Furnival. Petticoat: December 30, 1972. Originally posted October 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric