In one of the more striking musical passages, Cohen brings in plaintive Arabic snippets of a female singer in Nevermind, in which he bemoans the anonymity of war victims with verses such as, “The story’s told with facts and lies / I had a name / But never mind.” Cohen, previewing the album at a New York nightclub, says the woman’s voice represented “the oppressed” who are absent from public discourse. ”Generally speaking, nothing anybody says in public anymore nourishes or resonates with any authentic sense that you have about things,” Cohen explains. ”So, same way about Syria or the general catastrophe that confronts us now. So that voice comes out of that unrepresented majority of people.”
From Folk Legend Leonard Cohen Turns 80, Releases New Album, a report on the New York preview of Popular Problems, in The Star: Sept 23, 2014. I’ve included the Nevermind video (audio only) below for convenience.
Leonard Cohen – Neverind
Note: Originally posted September 23, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric