“It was only when you walked away I saw you had the perfect ass… ” Leonard Cohen

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It was only when you walked away I saw you had the perfect ass. Forgive me for not falling in love with your face or your conversation.quotedown2

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The Energy Of Slaves

Leonard Cohen On Sighting The Perfect Ass & Other Poems1
The Apollo in Glasgow: May 15, 1976
Video by Allan Showalter

The image atop this post is the back cover of The Energy Of Slaves (1972). Contributed by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted February 5, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. These poems are in the concert setlist:
    11. I did not know until you walked away…
    12. Come down to my room…
    13. A person who eats meat
    14. Valentina gave me four months…
    15. I know there is no such thing as hell or heaven…
    16. the 15-year old girls…
    17. The Music Crept by Us
    18. It’s Good to Sit with People… []

Leonard Cohen On His Inspiration For The Original “Band Aid” Opening Lines Of Ain’t No Cure For Love

[Did Ain’t No Cure For Love start out] about the SALT Treaty?

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Actually, one of the things on my mind was that I was very pissed off at Band Aid, this moment in musical history where everyone took care of ‘we gave at the office.’ It was very nice, but first of all, I hadn’t been asked by anybody to sing. [smiles] So the song started off ‘From the heart of man to the heart of God the ladder’s been removed / And there ain’t no band-aid big enough to cover up this wound.’ That idea.quotedown2

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“From the heart of man to the heart of God the ladder’s been removed / And there ain’t no band-aid big enough to cover up this wound” is an early version of the opening lines of Ain’t No Cure For Love. The excerpt if from Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland. Musician: July 1988.

Leonard Cohen Writing About & Playing Pinball Machines

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I had a lot of fun with [Leonard Cohen]. He was a completely weird guy, who liked to go around the streets of Montreal and play pinball. And I liked to play pinball, too, so that was a great bond that we had, in the beginning.

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John Hammond

 

Leonard Cohen – Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Novelist, Icon, and Pinball Wizard – takes on the Monster Bash pinball machine at his hotel in Copenhagen during his 2008 tour. This magnificent photo was shot & shared by Joseph S. Carenza III. (Please do not repost without photographer’s permission). The John Hammond quote is from The John Hammond Years – Interview with John Hammond and Leonard Cohen. BBC: September 20, 1986. Accessed 30 March 2015 at LeonardCohenFiles.

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Flippers, of course, have destroyed the sport by legalizing the notion of the second chancequotedown2

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From Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen

“The thought of you is fragrant and the loss of you complete” Leonard Cohen


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I’m turning tricks, I’m getting fixed
I’m back on Boogie Street
I’d like to quit the business
But I’m lazy and I’m weak
The thought of you is fragrant and the loss of you complete
There’s nothing but a scratch or two
A thousand kisses deep.
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From an early draft of A Thousand Kisses Deep. Leonard Cohen by Neva Chonin (Rolling Stone: December 11, 1997).

“Hineni, Hineni; I’m Ready, My Lord” Leonard Cohen On The “Willingness To Serve”


In You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen sings “Hineni, hineni; I’m ready, my lord,” which was Abraham’s response when God called on him to sacrifice his son Isaac. It is also the name of a prayer of preparation and humility, addressed to God, sung by the cantor on behalf of the congregation on Rosh Hashanah. At the Oct 13, 2016 L.A., press event, Leonard talked about using “hineni” in the lyrics of his new album’s title song to reference a “willingness to serve” that is – in the right circumstances – universal to humanity.