“I used to be a swan in the Baltic Sea… I came back as a human to sing to you.” Leonard Cohen Talks To Audience, Sings Dance Me To The End Of Love – Copenhagen 1985

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Copenhagen: February 9, 1985
Video from messalina79

Dance Me To The End Of Love is one of the six songs from the February 9, 1985 concert in Copenhagen, Denmark that were broadcast on Danish TV.1  Backing Cohen are Anjani Thomas (vocals and Keyboards), John Crowder (bass), Ron Getman, & Mitch Watkins (guitar), Richard Crooks (drums).

While the visual elements of this video are suboptimal, the audio is quite good. The arrangement differs from that used in the 2008-2013 tours. A bit of banter precedes the performance of the song.

 Originally posted Jan 6, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

  1. Diamonds In The Mine []

Flashmob Video: Dance With Me To The End Of Love By Leonard Cohen


I’m not a flashmob fan – which may explain why it took two years to post this. I am, however, a Leonard Cohen fan, which is why I’m posting this now. OK, the unbounded joyfulness of the participants might have been a factor as well.

Sydney-Central Railway station in the city centre – last Friday 11.11.2016 choir sang Leonard Cohen’s song “dance with me until the end of love” – feel a beautiful atmosphere – feel like you’re there.

Leonard Cohen Talks About Poetry As A Way To Win Women’s Hearts, Country Music, His Chop, His London Landlady, L.A. & Catastrophe, Performs Democracy, The Future, & Dance Me To The End of Love On Later With Jools Holland – 1993

Featuring Julie Christensen & Perla Batalla

This video offers the complete Later With Jools Holland show (BBC), taped May 12, 1993 and broadcast May 14, 1993, featuring Leonard Cohen. It includes an informative and entertaining interview with Leonard, a 1967 clip of Leonard & Julie Felix performing Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye, and Leonard’s stellar performances of Democracy, The Future, and Dance Me To The End Of Love with Julie Christensen & Perla Batalla.

Update: The complete show video is no longer online. Instead, see


Credit Due Department:Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me to this video

Video: Leonard Cohen Starts Sligo Show With Sprint, Smile & Song – Dance Me To The End Of Love (2010)

Featuring Dino Soldo On Instruments Of Wind (& Rafael Gayol On Camera)

In addition to an excellent performance of Dance Me To The End Of Love, this video displays Leonard Cohen opening the concert by running onto the stage and flashing an especially broad smile. (He closes the song with another beaming smile.) The screenshot atop this post also captures drummer Rafael Gayol photographing the audience photographing Leonard Cohen and the band.

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love 
Lissadell House, Sligo: Aug 1, 2010
Video from albertnoonan

Originally posted Aug 6, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Léonard Constant Covers Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me To End Of Love


From the Facebook description:

“Dance Me to the End of Love” (Leonard Cohen) in Episode 1 of the “Quick and Dirty on the Couch” Sessions. No fuss, no special tools, no yoga, no steroids. Just the computer’s little iSight camera. Didn’t even check if the guitar was in tune before hitting the Record button… which I know will be a bugger for some, but this one was REALLY a quick and dirty one!

Thanks to Laurence of Paris, who alerted me to this video.

“Urban Transport Planning” Episode Of The Americans Features Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me To The End Of Love

Typically, I hear about Leonard Cohen songs being used in TV shows or movies from fans. In this case, I discovered that Dance Me To The End Of Love was featured in the third episode of the sixth and final season of the FX network‘s highly rated, highly popular series, The Americans, from two online sites linking to Cohencentric posts dealing with concentration camps as the origin of that song.

The Americans Recap: The War at Home by Scott Tobias (Vulture: April 11, 2018):

The closing song is Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love,” played over scenes of Elizabeth strangling a security guard and Philip meeting with Oleg at the park. Cohen claimed the song was inspired by the Holocaust. Here it gives a sufficient impression of finality.

Can you come into the kitchen? The Americans would like a word by Erik Adams (AV/TV Club: April 11, 2018):

The Americans Soundtrack Report, Week Three: B. Elizabeth’s murder streak continues, but the show’s Talking Heads streak ends. As far as consolation prizes go, it’s tough to beat “Dance Me To The End Of Love,” a Leonard Cohen composition whose origin story is gloomy even by Leonard Cohen standards.

Credit Due Department: Image atop post Source, Fair use, Wikipedia

In The Beginning … Photos & Videos Of Leonard Cohen’s First 2008-2013 Tour Show: Fredericton, May 11, 2008

Ending a 15-year retirement from touring, Leonard Cohen went back on the road, opening his 2008-2010 World Tour1 at the Fredericton, New Brunswick Playhouse on May 11, 2008. Cohencentric is celebrating this event with a set of brilliant photos from the concert and videos of Leonard’s first song at that show and his welcoming words to the audience.

Note: Those interested in why the 2008 Tour opened at a venue with a seating capacity of 709 in a city with a population (in 2005) of just over 50,000 can investigate the issue at Why The 2008-2013 Leonard Cohen World Tours Opened In Fredericton, NB.

Photo Gallery

These brilliant photos of Leonard Cohen and his musicians were taken at the 2008 Fredericton show by J. Gordon Anderson.


“This is the first time I’ve done this in 14 years. I was 60 years old the last time – just a kid with a crazy dream.” – The Leonard Cohen Monologue

While these videos are suboptimal, their historic value and their evocation of the essence of what was to become Leonard Cohen’s performance style in his final tours reward viewing.

Leonard Cohen Talks To Audience
Fredericton: May 11, 2008
Video from RansomNoteMusic

The First Song Of The First Set Of The First Concert Of The First 2008-2013 Leonard Cohen Tour – Dance Me To The End Of Love

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Fredericton: May 11, 2008
Video from RansomNoteMusic

Credit Due Department: Photos of Leonard Cohen and his musicians by J. Gordon Anderson. Photo of Playhouse by Rbcb – Own work, CC by 3.0. via Wikipedia.

Note: All posts about this concert are collected at

Originally posted Jan 19, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

  1. Of course, at the time no one knew it would be a three year tour, let alone that it would be followed by tours in 2012 and 2013 []

Hear Leonard Cohen Recite Poems & Talk About Life At Mt Baldy Zen Center, Writing Lyrics, His Kids… – 1998 Radio Interview

Chris Douridas interviewed Leonard Cohen on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic – March 3, 1998. Highlights include

  • “I’m a bad monk” – Life at Mt Baldy Zen Center, including cooking for Roshi
  • “No existential leap” – Leonard’s recitation of A Thousand Kisses Deep, including a line written that day
  • “The old are kind” – Leonard’s recitation of a quatrain
  • Discussion of Leonard’s participation in the Montreal poets group
  • The public’s belated discovery of Dance Me To The End Of Love
  • Leonard’s painstaking writing style
  • The influence of Mediterranean music
  • The work of his children, Adam & Lorca