Quality Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Lover, Lover, Lover – Brooklyn 2012

And may the spirit of this song
May it rise up pure and free
May it be a shield for you
A shield against the enemy

Leonard Cohen – Lover, Lover, Lover
Barclays, Brooklyn: Dec 20, 2012
Video by Wirebirds

Note: Originally posted Dec 23, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 1974 Lover, Lover, Lover Print Ad

lover3While this scan is suboptimal, the striking design of this full-page print ad for Leonard Cohen’s “Lover, Lover, Lover” single and “New Skin for the Old Ceremony” LP on CBS records merits its posting. Dated November 9, 1974; published in Music Week magazine.

Note: Originally posted July 11, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Outstanding Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Lover, Lover, Lover – Wallingford, CT 2013

And may the spirit of this song
May it rise up pure and free
May it be a shield for you
A shield against the enemy

Leonard Cohen – Lover, Lover, Lover
Wallingford, CT: April 2, 2013
Video from WorldStreams

Note: Originally posted Apr 3, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Performs Lover, Lover, Lover, A Song Born Of Conflict – Paris 1976

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‘Lover, Lover, Lover’ was born over there; the whole world has its eyes riveted on this tragic and complex conflict. Then again, I am faithful to certain ideas, inevitably. I hope that those of which I am in favour will gain.1quotedown2

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These words by Leonard Cohen reference the 1973 Yom Kippur War. I posted this video and those lines after the Nov 13, 2015 Paris terror attacks – and now I find myself turning to them again after the 2017 atrocities in Manchester and London.

And may the spirit of this song
May it rise up pure and free
May it be a shield for you
A shield against the enemy

Leonard Cohen – Lover Lover Lover
Backup Singers: Laura Branigan & Cheryl Barnes
Le Grand Echiquier on French TV: May 27, 19762

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Jo Meul who alerted me to this superior version of Leonard Cohen singing Lover Lover Lover on French TV in 1976.

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  1. “I’m Just A Minor Poet” By Gilles Medioni. L’Express, France, October 4, 2001. Found at Leonard Cohen French Web Site. []
  2. Le Grand Echiquier was a live tribute program presented by Jacques Chancel and dedicated to Charles Aznavour, featuring Bird on The Wire, Lover Lover Lover, and Suzanne. Source: Diamonds in the Mine []

Hear Leonard Cohen’s Lover, Lover, Lover Performed In Hebrew

 

Indie musician Shai Tsabari released a new rendition this week of Leonard Cohen’s 1974 song “Lover, Lover, Lover.” Shlomi Shaban is responsible for the Hebrew version of the song.

In this rendition of the song that Cohen wrote during the Yom Kippur War, the final lines are, literally: “And may the spirit of this song / waft in pure freedom / May it be a shield for you / against the enemy and the cold.” In rock pianist Shlomi Shaban’s translation into Hebrew, the lines rhyme.

From This Version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Lover, Lover, Lover’ Is Not Something You Hear Often (Haaretz: Feb 19, 2017)

Thanks to Batia Gilad, who alerted me to this video and to Jugurtha Harchaoui, who alerted me to the Haaretz article.

Video: Leonard Cohen & The 1973 Yom Kippur War

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Note: A video of “Leonard Cohen Sings to Israeli Troops in the Yom Kipur War” has recently been posted to YouTube, but appears to be a segment of the video below.

LEONARD COHEN PKG FROM I24NEWS
Video from אורי שפירא

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Jo Meul & Linda Sturgess, who brought these videos to my attention. Note: Originally posted January 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric