“It sounded like the truth / But it’s not the truth today” Lyrics From Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker Album: Seemed The Better Way



It sounded like the truth
It seemed the better way
It sounded like the truth
But it’s not the truth today

From Seemed The Better Way
by Leonard Cohen


Posts featuring selected lyrics from songs on the You Want It Darker album along with notes on the songs’ origins (e.g., published poems), links to other works by Leonard Cohen, and allusions can be found at

All available information about You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen is collected and updated at Info & Updates: Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen Grand Tour Souvenirs: The Cannonade Of Roses – Dublin 2008



Souvenirs Of The Leonard Cohen Grand Tour

In anticipation of Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, the Leonard Cohen live album scheduled for release May 12, 2015,1 Cohencentric offers its own set of Souvenirs Of The Leonard Cohen Grand Tour, a series of posts about the objects contributed by the audience members that became parts of the 2008-2013 Leonard Cohen concert performances.


In this case, it isn’t just the flowers that qualify this entry, it’s the delivery. In the opening moments of the June 14, 2008 Dublin show, a fusillade of roses is launched at Cohen and crew. Later, as shown in the photo below, the spoils are distributed.

distrThe video should begin just before roses go airborne.

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End of Love
Dublin: June 14, 2008
Video from fvgr

And just in case you want to see that look on Leonard’s face a dozen more times, …


Note: Originally posted Mar 23, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, the predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. See It’s Official – Leonard Cohen “Can’t Forget” Live Album: Tracks, Sources, Pre-Order Info, & More []

“One of the downsides of growing old is that you have to surrender your vices one by one. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t court women. So I have a lot of free time. I keep scratching away, blackening pages. Writing is my friend.” Leonard Cohen (2014)

Leonard Cohen Can’t Slow Down by Gavin Edwards. Rolling Stone (India): October 24, 2014. Photo by Dominique BOILE (10 Exclusive Photos: Leonard Cohen At His Paris Hotel 3 Days Before Start Of 2013 European Tour)

Note: Originally posted Nov 6, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Sings Famous Blue Raincoat, Says He Won’t Be Offended If Anyone Has To Leave Because It’s Late – St John 2013

Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
St John: April 15, 2013
Video by cohenadmirer1

Note: Originally posted April 18, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Cars Of Leonard Cohen: The (Nonmetaphorical) Limousines Wait In The Street

Cars Of Leonard Cohen

is a series of posts about actual automobiles owned by or associated with Leonard Cohen, metaphorical cars he employed in his songs, and his thoughts about cars. All posts in this series are collected at as they go online.

Not All Of Leonard Cohen’s Limousines Were At The Chelsea Hotel

Limousines were a routine, albeit not inevitable, mode of transport for Leonard Cohen – at least when things were going well commercially.

People [Columbia Records] have been very kind. My phone calls are rapidly answered. Limousines receive me at the airport. There are flowers in my hotel. So I know something’s going on, and it’s quite agreeable.1quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


And, another example from 1971:

Bob Johnston, friend, producer, and keyboards, and Ron Cornelius, guitar and moustache for the Army, wandered in to tell of the arrival of the limousines.2

And Leonard made Harvey Kubernik’s first limo ride a memorable one:3

This image atop this post and the animated gif below are from the documentary film, Songs From The Life Of Leonard Cohen (1988). The animation shows Leonard in the limo, sliding the window down to peer out at the poster for his own July 6, 1988 Carnegie Hall Concert.


  1. Leonard Cohen at Home in 1992: Singer-Songwriter on Pop Success, New Love by David Browne  (Rolling Stone: November 11, 2016) []
  2. Ladies and Gents, Leonard Cohen by Jack Hafferkamp (Rolling Stone: Feb 4, 1971) []
  3. Leonard Cohen: A Remarkable Life by Anthony Reynolds. (Omnibus Press: Oct 1, 2010) []

“This old car isn’t leaving the garage again” Leonard Cohen Says Goodbye To Philip Glass

Leonard Cohen. I knew him for many years. The last time I spoke to him I asked him when he was next coming to New York. I hadn’t seen him in a while. He said: ‘This old car isn’t leaving the garage again.’ At the time I didn’t really understand him. I think he was really saying goodbye. I never saw him again. He died about a week laterquotedown2

Philip Glass


Philip Glass: “I knew many great people. So many of them are gone now” by Jane Graham The Big Issue: Feb 6, 2018

Also see Video: Philip Glass on Working with Leonard Cohen