Wrestling With God: Leonard Cohen’s You Want it Darker

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His last album, You Want it Darker, captures his ambivalence towards death and God, and the question of what suffering means for those who experience it—and for those who cause it. This is especially the case in Cohen’s dirge-like piece by the same name. The song was Cohen’s final expression of ambivalent anger—and ultimate surrender—towards a God that cannot be ignored, but at the same time, cannot be liked very much either.

Wrestling With God: Leonard Cohen’s You Want it Darker by Malka Simkovich (Lehrhaus: Nov 13, 2016). Photo by Rama – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0 fr, via Wikipedia

3 Replies to “Wrestling With God: Leonard Cohen’s You Want it Darker”

    1. Noma

      Would like to know if in the song “Steer Your Way” the word before “stones” is
      “injured” or “ancient”? In the original poem and the liner notes, the word is “injured”.
      However, a number of sites giving lyrics say “ancient”.
      Perhaps this is a case of Leonard having changed a word!

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  1. Noma

    Would like to know if in the song STEER YOUR WAY the word before “stones” is
    “injured” or “ancient”. In the original poem and liner notes, the adjective is “injured”.
    However, a number of sites giving lyrics say “ancient”, and it’s difficult to discern what Leonard is actually singing on the album. Perhaps this is a case of Leonard changing a word!?

    Reply

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