Video: Leonard Cohen Talks About, Performs Chelsea Hotel #2 – 1979

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were talking so brave and so sweet
Giving me head on the unmade bed
While the limousines wait in the street

Leonard Cohen Talks About, Performs Chelsea Hotel #2
From Song Of Leonard Cohen by Harry Rasky
Video from messalina79

Note: Originally posted September 2, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I remember you well at the Chelsea Hotel / That’s all. I don’t think of you that often” Leonard Cohen Talks About The Final Lines Of Chelsea Hotel #2

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The last line seems like a slap in the face: ‘I remember you well at the Chelsea Hotel / That’s all. I don’t think of you that often.’

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I don’t know why the truth compelled me to be so ungraceful or ungracious or even ungrateful in that final moment, but I guess that is the way it came out. I didn’t want it to be just one of those elegies; I thought it deserved the truth.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Note: This comment by Leonard Cohen supports the contention that, thematically, the earlier versions of Chelsea Hotel (aka Chelsea Hotel #1) is elegiac while Chelsea Hotel #2 focuses on Leonard’s own feelings for and perception of the woman at the Chelsea Hotel – even if doing so results in an ignoble self-characterization. See Video: Leonard Cohen’s Elegy For Janis Joplin – Chelsea Hotel #1 (Tel Aviv 1972)

From Sincerely, L. Cohen by Brian Cullman (Details for Men, January, 1993). Photo of Janis Joplin by Columbia Records (Billboard page 5) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Photo of Leonard Cohen by Peter Brosseau/Library and Archives Canada/PA-170174. Originally posted October 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t kind of break my heart that I never got to tell you how much you changed me,” Lana Del Rey On Leonard Cohen’s Death

The quote is from a post on Lana Del Rey’s Instagram account, which is no longer online.1

In 2013, Lana Del Rey covered Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel #2.

  1. See Lana Del Rey Pays Tribute to Leonard Cohen by Sheldon Pearce (Pitchfork: Nov 12, 2016) []

Quality Video: Leonard Cohen’s Haunting Performance Of Chelsea Hotel #2 – Sydney 2013

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And that was called love for the workers in song
Probably still is for those of them left

Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel #2
Sydney: Nov 16, 2013
Video by alanm5049

Note: Originally posted Nov 22, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen: The Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song By Jeffrey Lewis

 is a Cohencentric series featuring a few of the many tunes alluding to Leonard Cohen. Today’s offering, The Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song by Jeffrey Lewis, not only alludes to Leonard Cohen but also to a specific Leonard Cohen song. Like most Jeffrey Lewis tunes, The Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song is clever, complex, and, in its own existentialist way, kind of sweet. It references, of course, Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel #2. (More information about this song and Mr Lewis is available at Jeffrey Lewis References Leonard Cohen: The Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song.)

My tale might have ending right there and then
But we started talkin’ about Leonard Cohen
How his lyrics were cool
And how he sang so sincere
It must have been true
And it happened right here
Usually women right of the bat
Don’t find me that great
But there we were laughin’, scrollin’
Like we could really releate
Although we didn’t mention the head line
It was alluded

Jeffrey Lewis: Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song

 

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Heartfelt Performance Of Chelsea Hotel #2 – Rome 2013

chelseahotelromeI remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were famous, your heart was a legend
You told me again you preferred handsome men
But for me you would make an exception

While Leonard Cohen sometimes sang Chelsea Hotel #2 in an ironic, almost sardonic manner, this rendition from his final tour (2013) is breathtakingly earnest.

Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel #2
Rome: July 7, 2013
Video by AintNoCureForLove

Note: Originally posted Jul 8, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric