The Cars Of Leonard Cohen: Automotive Allusions In Song Lyrics

Cars Of Leonard Cohen

is a series of posts about actual automobiles owned by or associated with Leonard Cohen, metaphorical cars he employed in his songs, and his thoughts about cars. All posts in this series are collected at as they go online.

Automotive Allusions In Songs By Leonard Cohen

Note:This does not purport to be a complete list. Readers are encouraged to submit other automotive allusions in songs by Leonard Cohen in the comments. Lyrics containing some terms, such as “street” and “road,” are eligible only if there is reason to think an automotive use is envisioned. Finally, The poems and novels of Leonard Cohen contain so many automobile references that an exhaustive listing is beyond the scope of a post in this series. Later posts will offer a sampling.

Brand Placement In Democracy

It’s coming from the silence
On the dock of the bay,
From the brave, the bold, the battered
Heart of Chevrolet
Democracy is coming to the USA

Limousines Waiting In The Street In Chelsea Hotel #2

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were talking so brave and so sweet
Giving me head on the unmade bed
While the limousines wait in the street

I’ll Be Your Driver In I’m Your Man

If you want a driver, climb inside
Or if you want to take me for a ride
You know you can
I’m your man

And if you’ve got to sleep a moment on the road
I will steer for you

Cadillacs In Stories Of The Street

The stories of the street are mine
The Spanish voices laugh
The Cadillacs go creeping down
Through the night and the poison gas

O lady with your legs so fine
O stranger at your wheel
You are locked into your suffering
And your pleasures are the seal

Driving In My Oh My Oh My

Drove you to the station
Never asked you why

And maybe I had miles to drive,
And promises to keep:

Driving Fast In I Can’t Forget

I’m burning up the road
I’m heading down to Phoenix

And Driving In The Golden Gate, Lyrics

All they need is San Francisco
For we are driving most carefully home

Traffic Jam In Boogie Street

I’m wanted at the traffic-jam.
They’re saving me a seat.

The Unburned Car In Never Gave Nobody Trouble

Don’t wanna break no window
Don’t wanna burn no car
Don’t wanna break no window
And I don’t wanna burn your car

Parking  Lot, Speeding, & Missed Exit Signs In Never Got To Love You

The parking lot is empty
They killed the neon sign

They ought to hand the night a ticket
For speeding: it’s a crime

Don’t know how it happened
But I missed the exit sign

Heading For The Highway In Crazy To Love You1

Sometimes I’d head for the highway
I’m old and the mirrors don’t lie


  1. Assuming one heads for the highway in a car []