“Helpless” By Neil Young Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox


Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Biggest Influence on My Music – The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. … I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.

– Leonard Cohen (Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994)

Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen has mentioned a number of specific songs he favors. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Cohencentric feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.

“Helpless” By Neil Young

Interviewer: Neil Young is also from Canada. What do you think of him?

Leonard Cohen: The only thing a writer has to have for me is just one song that manages to hit me and I love him immediately. I remember hearing that song … [starting to sing] “Blue, blue windows behind the stars / Yellow moon on the rise …”  [from Helpless by Neil Young]. He is very good.

Excerpt from Leonard Cohen – All culture is nail polish by Bert van de Kamp, OOR magazine No.21, October 23,1974. [Via Google Translate].

Credit Due Department: Photo of Neil Young by Andy. Used under CC BY 2.0. Thanks to Gordana Stupar, who alerted me to this article.