Leonard Cohen Performs Stranger Song – Bonn 1980

It’s true that all the men you knew were dealers
Who said they were through with dealing
Every time you gave them shelter
I know that kind of man
It’s hard to hold the hand of anyone
Who is reaching for the sky just to surrender
Who is reaching for the sky just to surrender.

This recording offers not only a wonderful version of Leonard Cohen singing Stranger Song but also an excellent example of his finger picking style.

Leonard Cohen – Stranger Song
Bonn: Nov 4, 1980

The 1980 Leonard Cohen Bonn Concert Recording

As far as I can determine, no recording of the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany has been available online – until now. A tape of one hour of the show has emerged, thanks to the generosity of a friend from Bonn, who recorded this song and 11 others with the permission of Leonard Cohen and his sound engineer. (The other songs from this concert have been posted or will be posted soon; all recordings from this show are collected at .)

The supporting musicians for the 1980 Tour follow:

  • Sharon Robinson – vocals
  • Roscoe Beck – bass guitar
  • John Bilezikjian – oud, mandolin
  • Bill Ginn – keyboards
  • Raffi Hakopian – violin
  • Steve Meador – drums
  • Paul Ostermayer – wind
  • Mitch Watkins – electric guitar

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen by Pete Purnell.

2 Replies to “Leonard Cohen Performs Stranger Song – Bonn 1980”

  1. Joan King

    Love this recording…one of many of my favourites. Would love to get the recording of the 1980 Leonard Cohen Bonn Concert that you mention here.

  2. Bev

    Thanks so much, Allan for all these wonderful early songs.
    It has truly been a treat for my ears!