“Leonard would play his guitar and sing. My father would play the harmonica… He and my father would laugh. They’d drink whisky.” Kid Marley’s Son, Cody, Talks About Leonard Cohen In Franklin TN, c. 1970

Cody Marley Shares Memories Of Leonard Cohen

DrHGuy Note: Cody Marley is the son of Ray “Kid” Marley, the cowboy who lived near Leonard Cohen when the Canadian singer-songwriter resided from 1968-1970  on a 1,200-acre homestead near Franklin, Tennessee1 (rented from the writer of Bye, Bye Love for $75 a month). Kid” Marley is described in this except from I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons:


I’ve included excerpts from both posts but the complete pieces are accessible at the links.

Excerpt from Leonard Cohen Gave Me Candy By Eight-year-old Cody Marley

Once, my father went to the bank with Leonard because they wouldn’t give him any money. My father told the bank Leonard had money and everything was OK.

Leonard wanted to be a cowboy. He liked cowboy songs. My father sold Leonard a horse but Leonard didn’t ride good. He was from the city.

Except from Cody Marley LeonardCohenForum Post:

My father also became friends with Bob Johnston (he did Bob Dylan’s Nashville stuff) and, as I recall, that’s how Leonard came to rent the house on the same place as us. Mr. Johnston worked with Leonard. First of all, my memory of every one of these folks is that of being very nice and quick to laugh. Sorry if that crushes you suicidal Leonard Cohen fans. He and his gal (Sue, I think) would come over and he would literally sing for his supper. We’d eat then he’d pull out the guitar and do some cowboy/country songs. It seems if I remember correctly he’d always wanted to be a cowboy singer. Heck, a cowboy in general. My father (Kid Marley, not a music guy, he was a cowboy) would pull out his “french harp” (harmonica) and they’d play “Red Wing”, “Little Brown Jug”, or whatever. Man, that would be great to have on tape.

Yep, Leonard Cohen gave me candy. I remember riding my horse up to his house. He’d come outside or invite me in. Heck, I could just walk in. I don’t know what kind it was but I can still taste it to this day. It was great. My father was a good guy and a good judge of people. He liked Leonard. Me too. Thanks for the candy, Leonard.

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