Interviewer: “Where do these depths of despair come from?”
I can’t really answer that. I think that when people hear a song, they hear it in a realm where these questions are irrelevant. It’s only after they stop listening that the questions arise. The songs themselves don’t partake of a description like elation or depression. It’s like a sexual embrace–there are no questions until you step outside of the embrace, separate yourself from it.
From Leonard Cohen: The Romantic in a Ragpicker’s Trade by Paul Williams (Crawdaddy, March 1975). Originally posted November 7, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric