“It’s just me singing about what I see, and how I see it” Leonard Cohen On His Songs

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Possibly people may not understand fully what [my] songs are about. But it’s just me singing about what I see, and how I see it. Just telling of experiences.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Talks To Roy Hollingworth by Roy Hollingworth (Melody Maker: Sept 5, 1970). Photo Credit: Peter Brosseau/Library and Archives Canada/PA-170174. Thanks to Rike, who contributed this article.

“For the same reasons I like country music I like rap music. There’s a coherence in the lyric and a position that is clear, and a language that is … a very clear language” Leonard Cohen (1993)

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Rebirth Of A Ladies’ Man by Steven Blush. Seconds No 22: June/July 1993.

“The hook I came up with, the one I could get behind and sing in several hundred concerts, was, ‘I’ve seen the future baby, it is murder.’ That seems to be true.” Leonard Cohen

Huston: How do you think that’s going to affect the future, given the fact that we are panicked and that things seem to be closing in on us?

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This just may be each individual human’s translation of the certainty of their own death. I mean, things are closing in on us in a real way. I found when I was writing about the future, in a song called ‘The Future,’ I found that the hook I came up with, the one I could get behind and sing in several hundred concerts, was, ‘I’ve seen the future baby, it is murder.’ That seems to be true.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Interviewed by Anjelica Huston. Interview magazine: November, 1995. Originally posted May 18, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Our natural vocabulary is Judaeo-Christian. That is ours. We have to rediscover law from our own heritage.” Leonard Cohen 1968


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The best products of our time are in agony. The finest sensibilities of the age are convulsed with pain. That means a change is at hand. People keep saying India, India, India. But the Indian vocabulary is much too precise for us. Our natural vocabulary is Judaeo-Christian. That is ours. We have to rediscover law from our own heritage.quotedown2

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From Unique Interpreters of Pop: Leonard Cohen by Jacoba Atlas. The Beat: March 9, 1968. Photo from York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, Photographer: John Sharp, ASC01709. Originally posted February 7, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Read Robert Louis Stevenson & Alberto Moravia In 1975; Modern Writers? “No style. Just bad manners.”

Note: Two Women (original title in Italian: La Ciociara) is a 1958 Italian-language novel by Alberto Moravia. It tells the story of a woman trying to protect her teenaged daughter from the horrors of war. When both are raped, the daughter suffers a nervous breakdown. (Source: Wikipedia)

For Cohen, Grief Is Joy by Lynn Van Matre (Chicago Tribune: Nov 23, 1975). Thanks to Rike, who discovered and contributed the article