“This is a song for a girl named Nancy who was a real girl” Leonard Cohen – The Real Life Story Behind Seems So Long Ago, Nancy By Nancy’s Nephew

Over the years I have had a fascination with this song [So Long Ago, Nancy]. It is an awful song, in many ways, leaving Nancy a legacy that few would want—a legacy of promiscuity and self-loathing. I have often felt such pity for Nancy as I can almost feel her sadness and pain through the song. I have wished that someone could reach through the sadness and bring her some measure of peace.

But the peace never came. Lost in her despair, Nancy took her own life.

How do I know this? Nancy was my aunt.

From Seems So Long Ago, Nancy by Tim Challies (@Challies: January 17, 2011). The entire well-written, insightful piece is available at the link.

Image atop post contributed by Dominique BOILE.

One Reply to ““This is a song for a girl named Nancy who was a real girl” Leonard Cohen – The Real Life Story Behind Seems So Long Ago, Nancy By Nancy’s Nephew”

  1. Vicki Woodyard

    I think this is one of Leonard’s most beautiful songs and certainly one of his briefest and simplest. Each word breathes the feeling of loss and honor to her spirit, however troubled she was.