Video: Leonard Cohen Recites “Listen To The Hummingbird”


Listen to the hummingbird
Whose wings you cannot see
Listen to the hummingbird
Don’t listen to me.

Listen to the butterfly
Whose days but number three
Listen to the butterfly
Don’t listen to me.

Listen to the mind of God
Which doesn’t need to be
Listen to the mind of God
Don’t listen to me.

Leonard Cohen

A “sweet little song … that [Leonard Cohen had] been working through,” quoted in Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016)

Leonard recited these lines at the Oct 13, 2016 You Want It Darker Event in Los Angeles.

Leonard Cohen Recites “Listen To The Hummingbird”
Video by Allan Showalter


7 Replies to “Video: Leonard Cohen Recites “Listen To The Hummingbird””

    1. Joyce Reddell

      Beautiful, you can hear him leaving in his voice. I love this, thank you for sharing and the song is perfect and the right choice.

  1. Linda Fish

    In Book of Longing there is a poem called “S.O.S. 1995” wherein the reader is urged to “let them off the hook”, to let everyone you know off the hook. In “Listen to the Hummingbird” Leonard encourages us to make wise use of our energy and our time and to listen softly for the Song.

    His spirit lives on. “Don’t listen to me” intends to let us off the hook of painful mourning (not easy to do).

    What a beautiful song. And since it is Leonard’s song, I am certain there are many, many better ways to hear it. Condolences to everybody who loves Leonard Cohen.

  2. Andy

    Instructions to search for meaning, to live most fully and to be the best person you can be. What a wonderful message with which to leave the world.