“Fat Man And Dancing Girl” By Suzanne Vega Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox


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.

“It’s a very, very beautiful, beautifully executed song”

Leonard Cohen with Suzanne Vega, after his July 6 1988 Carnegie Hall concert

Leonard Cohen with Suzanne Vega, after his July 6 1988 Carnegie Hall concert

In a 1992 interview,1 Suzanne Vega and Leonard Cohen discussed, along with many other topics (e.g., Howard Stern, Christmas gifts, politeness, the superior stylishness of wine and water compared to coke and orange juice), songs from Vega’s 99.9 album that had just been released. One of the songs with which Cohen is clearly taken is “Fat Man And Dancing Girl:”

I think it’s a very, very beautiful, beautifully executed song [“Fat Man And Dancing Girl”] on the album [99.5F]. I think that there are lines in it that get right to the heart of your operating mode, and I’d really like to see what I could uncover for myself and for the listener

Suzanne Vega – Fat Man And Dancing Girl

Credit Due Department: The photo of Leonard Cohen and Suzanne Vega is from a CBS Records publicity sheet and was taken by Nick Elgar.

Note: Originally posted Jun 25, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. Suzanne Vega Interviews Leonard Cohen – October 1992. Posted Feb 1, 2012 on the Suzanne Vega website. []