“It’s from the point of view of the nervous breakdown and beyond that the song is written.” Leonard Cohen On Waiting For The Miracle


[Leonard Cohen]  wrestles with shifting emotional states in “Waiting For the Miracle” …

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[There are] people who are bitten by this particular bug, where meaning has evaporated and significance has dissolved. Many people now confess to me that they inhabit this kind of landscape, where nothing has much taste. I mean, they’re not selling fifty million Prozac pills a week for nothing; we are undergoing some kind of nervous breakdown. And it’s from the point of view of the nervous breakdown and beyond that the song is written.quotedown2

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The Loneliness of the Long-Suffering Folkie by Wayne Robins. Newsday: November 22, 1992.

Leonard Cohen’s Explanation Of “Waiting For The Miracle”

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The miracle is the vision from the other side of waiting. There is a miracle that we are all waiting for that somehow goes along with the construction of the human heart, of the human psyche…There’s another position, where you move across the waiting, to the other side of waiting, where you recognize or acknowledge or affirm that you’re waiting for the miracle, but this is a position of freedom rather than a position that is imprisoned or fixed. Waiting is fixed, the other side of waiting is free.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen, CBC Radio Interview (August 26, 1995). Originally posted December 4, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I think this is the contract, the possible contract, between lovers or partners in this shattered landscape.” Leonard Cohen On Waiting For The Miracle

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I think this is the contract, the possible contract, between lovers or partners in this shattered landscape. It’s the other side of waiting. It is the acknowledgment of both parties that they are waiting for the miracle, but having acknowledged that, they are free from waiting for the miracle…

[The marriage proposal] is the other side, when it’s clear that the other [person] also has acknowledged…the extremely remote possibility of coherence that exists today…then it’s possible to address that other [person] now… But while one person hangs on to the notion that things are as they were before, that the landscape is intact, that the landmarks are still erect, that the lights are still shining, that the whole operation is business as usual — then there can’t really be any kind of declaration or proposal between people on either side of this divide.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: Pondering His Past and ‘The Future’ by Scott Crawford (Intermission, Stanford Daily: April 8, 1993). More Leonard Cohen quotations about relationships can be found at Leonard Cohen on Relationships

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