Videos: Leonard Cohen Sung To, Danced With, Fondled By Perla Batalla & Julie Christensen On Swedish TV

swedtvNote: Originally posted Nov 26, 2009 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen + Swedish TV = Fun

Today, Cohencentric offers two confection from Swedish TV. These videos feature Leonard Cohen, aided and abetted – as well as fondled – by Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, performing  “I’m Your Man” and “Tower Of Song” on the June 29/30,1988 edition of Jacob’s Backstage (Med Noje Pa Dalaro) Stockholm, Sweden. Both videos are set, for reasons never made apparent, against the backdrop of a pleasant lake, replete with pleasure boats and swimmers.

I’m Your Man

While the obligatory flirtatious adoration by Cohen’s back-up singers associated with the salaciously provocative “I’m Your Man” is the primary stage business going on in this video, at least two other small gems adorn this production.

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The Marianne Variations: Leonard Cohen’s “Here Comes The Morning Boat” Version Of So Long, Marianne


Leonard Cohen’s Recurring Revisions Of So Long, Marianne

This is the fourth of five entries in The Marianne Variations, a series of posts devoted to the major recurring variations of Leonard Cohen’s “So Long, Marianne” that significantly differ from the versions found on the Songs Of Leonard Cohen and Field Commander Cohen albums.  An introduction and links to all published posts in this series as well as the inclusion criteria and the original version of “So Long, Marianne” from the Songs Of Leonard Cohen album can be found at The Marianne Variations Summary Page.

The “Here Comes The Morning Boat” Version Of So Long Marianne

Often the variations in this classic Cohen song have been relatively minor, comprising, for example, the substitution of a single word for another or a verse being skipped. In 1988, however, an entire stanza, sung by backup vocalists, Perla Batalla & Julie Christensen, appeared de novo as the song’s final verse:

Here comes the morning boat,
Here comes the evening train,
Here comes Marianne now,
To wave goodbye again.

Note: At some point in the process of recording Songs Of Leonard Cohen, “So Long, Marianne” was titled “Come On, Marianne.”1 While the existence of the same verb in the title of that early iteration and in the third line of this verse added in 1988, “Here comes Marianne now,”  is certainly insufficient evidence of a connection between the two versions, the possibility exists that the 1988 line is a vestigial remnant of lyrics written twenty years earlier or that both lines share a common precursor. (See Was “Come On, Marianne” By The Four Seasons The Song Marianne Associated With Leonard Cohen’s “Come On, Marianne”?)

Leonard Cohen – So Long Marianne
San Sebastian: May 20, 1988
The video immediately below begins automatically at the start of So Long, Marianne; the pertinent verse begins at 1:52:50 (see second embedded video)

The video below begins automatically at the start of the pertinent verse

Note: Originally posted July 17, 2014 t, at predecessor of Cohencentric

  1. I’m Your Man: The Life Of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons. Ecco: 2012 []

Is The May 28, 1988 Grand Rex Paris Concert Ticket The Handsomest Leonard Cohen Ticket Ever?

tickets0005-customThis contender for the title of Handsomest Leonard Cohen Ticket lacks the striking color photo emblazoned on the Nov 17, 1980 Barcelona Concert Ticket, but does offer a superior overall design, echoing elements of the cover of I’m Your Man, the album promoted by the 1988 Tour.


Credit Due Department: These tickets are from the private collection of Dominique BOILE

Searching For The Best Online Video Of The Partisan By Leonard Cohen: San Sebastian 1988

comingbktoyouxxWhen they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do
I took my gun and vanished.

In 2009, I posted Best Video Performance Of The Partisan by Leonard Cohen, naming  the recording of that song from the 1988 Reykjavik show as my favorite. That video and, indeed, all the performance and interview videos from that concert have, however, been removed from YouTube (Update: An audio-only recording of the entire Reykjavik is now available on YouTube). Today’s post offers one in a series of candidates for Best Online Video Of The Partisan Performed By Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Cohen – The Partisan
San Sebastian: 1988

Video from Javier Rodriguez Fernandez

Note: Originally posted Nov 16, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric