Video: Leonard Cohen’s Gleeful Performance Of First We Take Manhattan – Berlin 2012

Leonard Cohen Takes Berlin; Audience Colludes

The screenshot atop this post shows Leonard Cohen having just announced his intention to take Berlin; he seems happy about the outcome, eh? And, he follows the song with by jauntily skipping offstage. What’s not to like?

Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan
Berlin: Sept 5, 2012
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Originally posted Sept 6, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Performs Please Don’t Pass Me By (A Disgrace) – London 1970

Leonard Cohen performed Please Don’t Pass Me By (A Disgrace) only three times, all during the 1970 Tour. The version featured on Leonard Cohen Live Songs (released 1973) was recorded at the May 10, 1970 Royal Albert Hall show. Thanks to Vagn Jensen, who suggested this song.

“I kind of re-introduced [The Partisan] into the world of popular music. I feel I wrote it, but I actually didn’t” Leonard Cohen Performs The Partisan – Montreal 2012


[‘The Partisan’] was written during or after World War II by a Frenchman; it’s a resistance song. I kind of re-introduced it into the world of popular music. I feel I wrote it, but I actually didn’t. quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

The above quotation is from Leonard Cohen Work Finds A Place by Mary Campbell (AP – Kentucky New Era: June 29, 1985). DrHGuy Note: The Partisan, a song from the French Resistance written by Anna Marly and Emmanuel d’Astier in 1943. More information can be found at The Origins Of The Partisan.

Leonard Cohen – The Partisan
Montreal: Nov 28, 2012
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Leonard Cohen Performs To Love Somebody By The Bee Gees, Notes That “I know that some girls like my songs, but a lot more like the Bee Gees.”

I know that some girls like my songs, but a lot more like the Bee Gees. Girls like singers. There are different roles that seduce people and singer is one of them.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


Quotation from Cohen at 50: On His Songs, His Women And Children by Chris Cobb Ottawa Citizen: April 21, 1984. Originally posted November 16, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

A few years before making that observation about the Bee Gees, Leonard performed their hit, To Love Somebody, at the November 5, 1980 Eppelheim concert. The video is provided by messalina79. “To Love Somebody” is also part of The Other Leonard Cohen Album compilation, available for free download at the link.

Video: “Thank You, Friends” – Leonard Cohen Thanks 2013 Pula Audience For Completing I’m Your Man

“Thank You, Friends” Version Of I’m Your Man

The 2008-2013 Leonard Cohen tours were marked by audience participation, most notably the So Long, Marianne singalongs (for example, at the 2013 London show). Today’s post features the audience providing the final “I’m your man” for the song of the same name and Leonard responding “Thank You, Friends.”

The video automatically begins with the final verse, about 30 seconds before the final “I’m your man.”

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
Pula: August 2, 2013
Video:  Sasa Stojanovic

Compare with The “That’s Right” Version Of I’m Your Man From The 2013 Leonard Cohen Oslo Concert.

Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me to this video. Originally posted Aug 24, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric