Interviewer: “Several girls embraced me/Then I was embraced by men” – a line from one of his earliest songs, ‘Teachers’. Was the gay dimension part of the pattern of his exploring all points between the masculine and feminine poles?
I don’t want to make a commentary on that or other songs. I never do. It says what it says. It’s not about homosexuality as such, but yes it is about the spirit, and whether it moves toward the sun or the moon.
From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)