“Ah friends, I hear you have a reputation for a great drinking nation, And I would love to sing with you and drink with you all night long, but…” Leonard Cohen Ends 2010 Moscow Concert With Closing Time & Final Blessings

The video includes Leonard Cohen’s words of farewell following the song:

Ah friends, I hear you have a reputation for a great drinking nation,
And I would love to sing with you and drink with you all night long, but…

They’re stacking up the chairs and they’re wiping down the bar
And I never got to tell you, just how beautiful you are
They ought to hand the night a ticket for speeding it’s a crime
I have so much to tell you,
But now its closing time… Its closing time…

Well friends, if… you can make your way out the Kremlin, I hope that you drive safely home and I hope that you can avoid a winter cold, and may you be surrounded by friends and family, and if this is not your lot … may the blessings find you in your solitude.Goodnight friends, thank you for the warm reception that you’ve given us this evening.

Note: Sharon Robinson missed this show because of illness.

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Moscow: Oct 7, 2010
Video from ITeachEFL

Photo of Leonard’s final bow at the 2010 Moscow show by J.S. Carenza III

Originally posted Oct 7, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“That’s the way we experience our freedom today – it looks like freedom but it feels like death, it must be something in-between, I guess, it’s closing time.” Leonard Cohen On Ambiguity And Conflict In Closing Time

That’s the way we experience our freedom today – it looks like freedom but it feels like death, it must be something in-between, I guess, it’s closing time. I don’t know about you, but I live a life that is totally consumed with ambiguity and conflict. I can’t get anything straight. Anything I embrace … immediately the polarity manifests and I can embrace it [the opposite stance] with the same kind of enthusiasm or shame or indifference or whatever the emotion was that caused me to embrace the former.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen’s The Future Interview by Bob Mackowitz. Transcript from a radio special produced by Interviews Unlimited for Sony Music, 1992. The transcript was prepared by Judith Fitzgerald.

Video: Closing Time (The No No No Version) From 2013 Leonard Cohen Vienna Concert

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Vienna: July 27, 2013
Video by 30gallina72 (Szilvia Szanto)

Audience input, often a problem in performance videos, is the strong point of this recording. Listen as the crowd responds to Leonard’s musical announcement of “Closing Time” with “No, No, No.”

Originally posted July 28, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Feist Covers Leonard Cohen’s Closing Time In Take This Waltz

Feist Cover Of Leonard Cohen’s Closing Time

In the middle of directing Take This Waltz, recently released in theatres, Sarah Polley hit a snag. She desperately wanted to get Leslie Feist to record a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Closing Time” for the soundtrack. Given how in demand the singer-songwriter is, it was almost impossible to pin her down—even for Polley, a bona fide Canadian celebrity herself. And then one night, around 2 a.m., while Polley and her crew were shooting on a small street in Little Portugal, she heard someone call her name. It was Feist—she and fellow singer Howie Beck, both on bicycles, were on their way to Trinity Bellwoods Park to play glow-in-the-dark Frisbee. Polley asked about the Cohen cover, Feist agreed, and her version of the song is heard at a pivotal point in the film. “That kind of moment is very specific to Toronto,” Polley says now. “It’s a really special place that way.”

From The Argument: In Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley transforms Toronto into a brightly coloured urban fantasy by Jason McBride, Toronto Life July 9, 2012.

Update: Feist also performed another Leonard Cohen classic, Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye, at the 2017 Juno Awards.

Originally posted Dec 11, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Energetic Performance Of Closing Time – Ghent 2010


Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Gent: Aug 22, 2010
Video by albertnoonan

Credit Due Department: The shot atop this post was taken by Eija Arjatsalo at LeonardCohenForum. Originally posted Jan 13, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen, Perla Batalla, & Julie Christensen Perform Closing Time – 1993 Juno Awards

With Celine Dion & Rebecca De Mornay In Support

On March 21, 1993, Celine Dion hosted the Juno Awards ceremony in Toronto. The first guest performer she introduced was “passionate Montrealer and voice of experience, Leonard Cohen.”

The ensuing performance of Closing Time, featuring Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen as backup singers, offers all the elements that make award ceremony performances – well, let’s go with “special.” There’s a modern dance version of saloon cavorting, a stylized bar, lots-o-lights, and more.

Oh, and Julie Christensen appears to be sporting a hummingbird and handcuffs icon from The Future album.

What more could you want?

Well, how about a glimpse or two of Rebecca De Mornay among the dancers (the first instance is at 1:40)?

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Toronto – Juno Awards: March 21, 1993,

Credit Due Department: Thanks to CHEMO of Barcelona, who alerted me to this video.

Leonard Cohen Fluffs, Then, “Like Any Real Man,” Restarts Closing Time – Victoria 2013


At March 6, 2013 Victoria Concert, Leonard Cohen Is Funny, Bawdy, And – When He Errs – Gracious

The first set passed much like the previous young days of this tour and the second set is where the laughs begin. As per the congregation in Oakland, Victorians shower the master pianist with praise for his tinkerings in Tower of Song. The response from a stunned Leonard: ‘Are you humouring me? Taking advantage of an older chap?’ Anyhow is ‘got’ here in Victoria; the bawdy number fosters wolf-whistles and hoots from the islanders who also revelled in the lines from I’m Your Man: ‘If you want a doctor, I’ll examine every precious inch of you.’ It’s likely each one of us in the venue was stunned at the rarest of occurrences, the full-on stop of Closing Time; early in the song, Leonard seemed to fluff the lyrics and like any real man who takes his medicine, halted proceedings; from the top and with a grin the song was restarted to a flawless finish with I Tried to Leave You.

From Mar 6: Victoria, Show Day by Leif Bodnarchuk. Posted March 7, 2013 at No Ideas.

This was not the first time Leonard Cohen re-started a song in concert. See Leonard Cohen Restarts Song Twice In Concert So It’s “Sung Right” – Glasgow 1972 & Louisville 2013

Originally posted March 7, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric