“Much of [The Future] was occasioned by the collapse of the Berlin Wall, because even though it is impossible not to rejoice with those who are rejoicing, I alone among my friends produced a gloomy prediction.” Leonard Cohen

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Much of this record [The Future] was occasioned by the collapse of the Berlin Wall, because even though it is impossible not to rejoice with those who are rejoicing, I alone among my friends produced a gloomy prediction. People were saying democracy is coming to the East – fat chance! If it’s coming anywhere, it’s coming to the United States. I had 50 verses for that song ‘Democracy:’ one of them went: ‘It ain’t coming to us European style, concentration camp behind the smile. / It ain’t coming from the East with its temporary feast. / Count Dracula comes strolling down the aisle.’quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen…What’s Your Problem? Doom and Gloom by Patrick Humphries (Vox: February, 1993),