You say there is a war between men and women, now what do you mean?
I don’t have much to say about this war. We are not always in the aspect of warriors. I wrote a song that starts: ‘There is a war between the rich and poor, / A war between the man and the woman. / There is a war between the ones who say there is a war / And the ones who say there isn’t.’ …I am not a politician, and I don’t have to be bound by any aspect of any particular thing that I have treated. I’ve described the war between the man and woman… Any man over 30 knows that there is a war between man and woman, I mean even before women became vocal about their own interpretation of the war. But that isn’t the only aspect between man and woman. It’s just one of the aspects that I’ve treated in my work and in my life – I mean sometimes I’m in a state of war with a woman and sometimes there’s a truce. Sometimes it feels that there never was a war. And sometimes there never was a truce.
Leonard Cohen CBC interview by Malka Marom (1970s). Photo by Pete Purnell.