Leonard Cohen Recites Extended Version Of A Thousand Kisses Deep – Dublin 2009


The Poems Of Leonard Cohen In Concert

Leonard Cohen’s recitations of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” have consistently been some of the most moving moments of the Leonard Cohen World Tour concerts. The video of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” from the 2009 Dublin show has been specifically chosen because it showcases an extended version of the poem that is, to my ears, especially effective.

Leonard Cohen – A 1000 Kisses Deep
Dublin: O2, July 20, 2009

Note: Originally posted Aug 24, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Team Canada 2014 Sochi Olympics Promo Features Leonard Cohen’s A Thousand Kisses Deep

oly1This especially well done video employs Leonard Cohen’s recitation of A Thousand Kisses Deep as soundtrack to promote Team Canada in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

We Are Winter Team Canada Sochi 2014 Commercial
Video uploaded by Canada Bob

Note: Originally posted Jan 8, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Best Of 2009 Leonard Cohen World Tour – Superb Sydney Performances Of I’m Your Man & A Thousand Kisses Deep

sydney2009-your-manAnd if you’ve got to sleep a moment on the road
I will steer for you
And if you want to work the street alone
I’ll disappear for you
If you want a father for your child
Or only want to walk with me a while across the sand
I’m your man

While this is a video of the telescreen of the concert, the high quality of the performance merits its inclusion in this series. Special highlights include Dino Soldo’s work on the Akai EWI4000 Electric Woodwind and Cohen’s beaming smile while he acknowledges the applause at the end of I’m Your Man.

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man & A Thousand Kisses Deep
Sydney: Jan 28, 2009
Video from bedrecka

Note: Originally posted June 21, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: From Jennifer Warnes Sings "Way Down Deep" To Leonard Cohen Recites "A Thousand Kisses Deep"


The Alpha And Omega (So Far) Of “A Thousand Kisses Deep”

As is true of many Leonard Cohen songs, “A Thousand Kisses Deep” has a complex history. Tom Sakic and I thought it would be interesting to present the earliest performed precursor of this song  juxtaposed with the most recent version.

The result is a video with Jennifer Warnes singing the gorgeous but routinely overlooked “Way Down Deep” (by Jennifer Warnes, Leonard Cohen, and Amy Latelevision) from her 1992 album, The Hunter, followed by Leonard Cohen’s July 20, 2009 recitation of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” in Dublin.

Between these end points, “A Thousand Kisses Deep” – both the song and the poem, both in print and as performed – has undergone changes in specific lyrics and the addition, subtraction, and rearrangement of stanzas.

The closest we have to a definitive manuscript of all verses is dated September 21, 1998 and is available online at Blackening Pages: A Thousand Kisses Deep.1 From that point on, the versions are combinations and permutations of these verses with occasional changes in lines and phrases.

The Video: Jennifer Warnes’ “Way Down Deep” To Leonard Cohen’s “A Thousand Kisses Deep”

Despite being romantics at heart, neither Tom nor I planned this as a Valentine’s Day commemoration – but, just as sure as there ain’t no cure for love, it is a suitable treat for those with a Cohenesque perspective.

Video from DrHGuy

Bonus: Leonard Cohen’s 1996 “A Thousand Kisses Deep”

This video clip is from Armelle Brusq’s movie, “Leonard Cohen Spring 96,”2 shot at the Mt Baldy Zen Center.

Leonard Cohen – A Thousand Kisses Deep
1996 Demo
Video from a1000kissesdeep (aka Tom Sakic)

Credit Due Department: The photo atop this post is a gift from Jennifer Warnes.

Note: Originally posted Feb 12, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

  1. Leonard Cohen’s 1996 demo from Armelle Brusq’s movie at Mt Baldy referenced at at Blackening Pages: A Thousand Kisses Deep is also available on YouTube and can be viewed below in the embedded player near the end of this post. []
  2. See Superb Video Of Leonard Cohen At Mt Baldy Zen Center – Armelle Brusq’s 1996 Film Now Online []

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Resonant Recitation Of A Thousand Kisses Deep – Dublin 2009


I’m good at love, I’m good at hate
It’s in between I freeze
Been working out, but its too late
It’s been too late for years
But you look good, you really do
The pride of Boogie Street,
Somebody must have died for you
A thousand kisses deep

 The Dublin concerts have been among the most significant and memorable of Leonard Cohen’s World Tour, marked by performances such as Cohen’s quintessential July 20, 2009 rendition of “So Long Marianne.”

Despite suffering through what seems to be one of those summer colds he keeps warning us about in the blessings that close each show, Cohen’s recitation of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” from that same July 20, 2009 concert is especially resonant and moving.

Leonard Cohen – A Thousand Kisses Deep
O2 Dublin: 20 July 2009
Video from Dinosboss

Note: Originally posted July 22, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Videos Of 2013 Leonard Cohen Tour: A Thousand Kisses Deep – Brussels


You came to me this morning
And you handled me like meat
You’d have to be a man to know
How good that feels, how sweet
My mirrored twin, my next of kin
I’d know you in my sleep
And who but you would take me in
A thousand kisses deep

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen – A Thousand Kisses Deep
Brussels: June 30, 2013
Video by MaartenLC (Maarten Massa)


Best 2013 Leonard Cohen Videos: Cohencentric.com is featuring selections from the current Best Of 2013 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist, which comprises the best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2013 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour