Leonard Cohen On His Songs

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Leonard Cohen was notably reluctant to offer interpretations of his songs, a penchant most clearly articulated early in his career:

[My songs] are very complete and to say anything about them would be redundant1

Nonetheless, he did talk and answer questions about his songs. Cohencentric has collected and organized these comments. Leonard’s quotations are grouped below by song titles. (Note: this is a work in progress; more songs and comments will be added over time.) All posts featuring Leonard Cohen’s comments on writing songs and poems, whether about specific songs or songwriting in general, can be found at . A series of posts about the constitution of Leonard Cohen’s music can be accessed at Three Characteristics That Make A Song A Leonard Cohen Song: Summary Page


  1. Cohen The Youth Hero. New Musical Express: March 14, 1970 []