“The Movies Are A Mother To Me” By Loudon Wainwright III Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox


Note: Originally posted May 2, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Biggest Influence on My Music – The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. … I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.

– Leonard Cohen (Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994)

Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen has mentioned a number of specific songs he favors. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Cohencentric feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.

“A Great Song By Loudon Wainwright”


Long before the Wainwrights and the Cohens were connected by the birth of Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, the daughter of Lorca Cohen and Rufus Wainwright, Leonard Cohen admired one of the songs from the first album released  (in 1970) by Loudon Wainwright III:1

Vicki Gabereau: Do you go to movies? Did you when you were a kid? Obviously you’re note a movie fanatic.

Leonard Cohen: I’m not a fanatic but there’s a great song by Loudon Wainwright [III], “Movies Are A Mother To Me.” It’s a nice place to cool out in.2

Loudon Wainwright III – The Movies Are A Mother To Me
From the Recovery Album


  1. It was also released on the Recovery album. a collection of “re-covers” from his first four albums: Loudon Wainwright III (1970), Album II (1971), Album III (1972) and Attempted Mustache (1973) []
  2. Radio Interview by Vicki Gabereau. Interview: May 1984; Broadcast: Sept 6, 1984. Variety Tonight, CBC.  Leonard Cohen On Leonard Cohen by Jeff Burger (Chicago Review Press: April 1, 2014) []