“If you want a fighter in the hangar/If you want to strike me dead in anger” Leonard Cohen’s Handwritten Notes For I’m Your Man

I’ll Write Like A Doctor For You

The above graphic (click to enlarge) is an image of Leonard Cohen’s handwritten notes for an early version of I’m Your Man.

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If you want a heart
xxxxthat beats for you
If you want a fighter in the hangar
If you want to strike me dead in anger
xxxxHere I stand
xxxxI’m your man
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I’m Your Man
Leonard Cohen

Note: The second full line was initially interpreted as “If you want a fighter in the bargain,” but after reviewing email responses, I agree with the consensus  that  but the line is correctly read as “If you want a fighter in the hangar.”

Credit Due Department: The image by James Cassimus was an illustration for Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland (Musician, July 1988). Contributed by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted Dec 29, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Has Got The Moves – Nashville 2009

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The title of this video, Fancy Footwork, says it all, but just in case, I’ll explain:

This is the most fun you are going to get from feet in
25 seconds without invoking the word, “fetish.”

The video excerpt is, of course, the basis for the Leonard Cohen Animation atop this post, but the original recording, which includes the audio deleted in the gif, is particularly admirable.

Leonard Cohen, Nashville – Fancy Footwork
Video of “I’m Your Man” excerpt  from alkmrt, aka Linda Straub

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

“Whatever the relationships between men & women are, the fact is we are each other’s content” Leonard Cohen on I’m Your Man

1988

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I said to myself, ‘What would I do to be accepted by the woman and what does the woman want? What does a woman want from a man?’ Many men have addressed this problem: what kind of a man does she want me to be? And it’s only the hunger for the woman, the necessity to live in her presence, whether this is love or not. Whatever the relationships between men and women are, the fact is we are each other’s content. We cannot live without each other. So accepting that as one of the aspects of being in love, or dying of love, a man dying of love writes this song. Whatever you want me to be I’ll bequotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

I’m Your Man, by Alberto Manzano, originally published in Rockdelux (Spain), May 1988.

New Leonard Cohen Videos: Suzanne & I’m Your Man – Vancouver 2010

vacIf you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you
If you want a partner, take my hand, or
If you want to strike me down in anger
Here I stand
I’m your man

These quality videos were uploaded only yesterday.

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
Vancouver: December 2, 2010
Video by Marie Noonan

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
Vancouver: December 2, 2010
Video by Marie Noonan

Leonard Cohen Explains Love Song Intent To CBC

Cindy Buissaillon: “I’m Your Man”, it strikes me, I mean, yes feminists have given you a lot of flack, but to have such a man singing that song, it seems to me, is to be a fortunate woman. This is a woman who is allowed absolute freedom. This is a troubadour of the nineties singing to her, so it strikes me.

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Well, I certainly meant it that way, I didn’t write a love song to turn anybody off.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen, being interviewed by Cindy Buissaillon on CBC Radio (August 26, 1995). Note: Originally posted April 10, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric