“There are certain truths that are in a dormant stage that you can’t always locate or be nourished by. But they’re there.” Leonard Cohen Talks About Nevermind Lyrics

 

I was curious about a lyric on “Nevermind,” “There’s truth that lives and there’s truth that dies.”

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“There’s truth that lives and truth that dies. I don’t know which, so never mind. There is no need that this survive, there’s truth that lives and truth that dies.” It’s one of those phrases that resonates in some corner of the heart. And I don’t think it serves us well to explain it or to analyze it or to interpret it. It sounded right to me. There are certain truths that are in a dormant stage that you can’t always locate or be nourished by. But they’re there.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen on Longevity, Money, Poetry and Sandwiches By Gavin Edwards (Rolling Stone: Sept 19, 2014).

Leonard Cohen All-Stars: Top 10 Cohencentric Posts So Far In 2016

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New Leonard Cohen Song “You Want It Darker” In Peaky Blinders Garners 4 Of Top 10 Positions – But Not #1

Cohencentric commemorates today’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game with the lineup of our top 10 posts ranked in descending order of page views so far in 2016.1

10. Photo: Leonard Cohen & Friend With Ice Cream – 7 Years Ago

Photo: Leonard Cohen & Friend With Ice Cream – 7 Years Ago

9. Stellar Video: Born In Chains By Leonard Cohen With Sharon Robinson & The Webb Sisters – Las Vegas 2010

Stellar Video: Born In Chains By Leonard Cohen With Sharon Robinson & The Webb Sisters – Las Vegas 2010

8. The Nevermind Variations: Mysterious Changes In True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen

The Nevermind Variations: Mysterious Changes In True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen

7. Peaky Blinders Season 3, Including New Leonard Cohen Song, On Netflix May 31

Peaky Blinders Season 3, Including New Leonard Cohen Song, On Netflix May 31


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  1. Note: Some of these posts were published before 2016 but only views garnered since Jan 1, 2016 are counted for this listing. []

Leonard Cohen on the voice singing in Arabic on Nevermind representing the oppressed

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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

2015 Leonard Cohen Highlights: Nevermind By Leonard Cohen – True Detective’s Theme Song

lc-td2Leonard Cohen’s “Nevermind” being chosen as the theme song of True Detective, Season Two itself generated massive interest. When the strategy of playing different portions of the song at the start of each episode became apparent, the number of views generated by this series of posts multiplied. Thanks go to Marie of SpeakingCohen, who provided the exact Nevermind lyrics used in of each specific episode of the program. I’ve listed some of the key posts on this topic below:

Video: The Nevermind TV Ad For Leonard Cohen’s Indifference Cologne

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Leonard Cohen’s Indifference Cologne Concept

Ongoing readers may recall that five years ago, Cohencentric’s predecessor, 1HeckOfAGuy.com, published Indifference: Leonard Cohen’s Cologne Concept. The underlying event, as reported by Sleep66 aka Sean Dixon, had to do with Leonard Cohen when he was a kid with a crazy dream:

Leonard once told me he was going to come out with his own cologne. It was going to be called “Indifference,” and its slogan was going to be “I don’t give a shit what happens”1

The Indifference Cologne Print Ad

This entrepreneurial vision was so perfectly congruent with Heck Of A Guy’s/Cohencentric’s fundamental principles that its only downside was the difficulty of convincing folks that it really, literally, factually, seriously, I’m not kidding around (this time) originated with Leonard Cohen rather than DrHGuy.2

Since the Cohen corporate machinery seemed absorbed by other matters, the Cohencentric Creative Department stepped into the breach to construct the prototype ad for Indifference,3 the first entry in the new Leonard Cohen Cologne line.4

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TV Ad: Indifference From Nevermind

In composing posts about the use of Cohen’s Nevermind as the theme song of the second season of True Detective,5 I realized that the lyrics would fit suspiciously well into a 30 second TV ad for the thus far hypothetical cologne.

And all of this
Expressions of
The sweet indifference
Some call love

The high indifference
Some call fate
But we had names
More intimate

I’ve put together such a commercial as a proof of concept.

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  1. It turns out that Bob Dylan, known hereabouts as The American Leonard Cohen, supported a similar fragrance notion; see Bob Dylan And Leonard Cohen Back Congruent Cologne Concepts []
  2. Implicit in this similarity of ideas emanating from Leonard Cohen and DrHGuy is the inescapable conclusion that there is a small but detectable DrHGuyness component in Leonard Cohen’s makeup – scary thought, eh? []
  3. For the graphics-impaired, the ad reads “Indifference – When I want her to know … I don’t give a shit what happens. Viva la Indifférence []
  4. In anticipation of the successful release of Indifference, Sean and DrHGuy have begun planning future entries to build the Leonard Cohen fragrance line. For example, the street crowd might go for the colloquial overtones of Who Cares and So What while the average middle class can’t-take-a-risk suburbanite might feel most comfortable with Apathy (as if I cared). For the ex-frat rat who just signed on as a broker at his uncle’s Wall Street firm, we have Cavalier. That brooding, introspective hipster wannabe with the paperback copy of “No Exit” stuffed into his hip pocket? He gets Anhedonia. His little brother who’s into grunge? Numb, of course. But for the way cool, DrHGuy sort of dude, the only acceptable brand has to be Insouciance. []
  5. See Nevermind – True Detective Posts []

T Bone Burnett On Leonard Cohen’s Nevermind ‘True Detective’ Opening: “The song of the century, so far”

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“To me, ‘Nevermind’ is the song of the century so far, coming from one of the wisest men in our culture,” Burnett said. “I look at it as an extraordinary gift to the audience. It feels very much like Los Angeles right now: beautiful, dark, brooding, dangerous, covert. The reason the lyrics change is just because there are a lot of important lyrics in the song that all apply, and we’re doing our best to play the whole song for people.”

Excerpted from T Bone Burnett Explains Leonard Cohen ‘True Detective’ Opening by Richard Bienstock (Rolling Stone: August 14, 2015)

Also see The Final Nevermind Variations: Versions Of True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen, Episodes 1-8

The Final Nevermind Variations: Versions Of True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen, Episodes 1-8

lc-td2As elaborated in The Nevermind Variations: Mysterious Changes In True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen, the lyrics of Nevermind played over the opening credits of Season Two of True Detective changed from Episode One to Episode Two. Indeed, each of the eight episodes featured a different set of lyrics. All lyrics used in the True Detective episodes are found in the album version, but some lines have been arranged in a different order.1

In Episode 8, the lyrics are a permutation of the lines used earlier in the series. The complete lyrics from all episodes of True Detective Season Two, provided by Marie of SpeakingCohen,  are displayed below.

Readers may find the following posts of special interest:

All posts about Leonard Cohen’s Nevermind being used as the True Detective Season Two theme song can be accessed at Nevermind: True Detective Theme Song

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  1. The complete album version of the Nevermind lyrics can be found at the official Leonard Cohen website. []

The Guardian Lauds Leonard Cohen’s Nevermind As True Detective S2 Theme Song

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The music was haunting and pitch perfect

Season one’s theme song, Far From Any Road by the relatively unknown The Handsome Family, was always going to be hard to top with its mix of authenticity, nostalgia and mythical Americana.

No one expected, then, to hear a giant such as Leonard Cohen in season two’s theme – Cohen is many things, but the essence of California? No, sir. And yet – it works. Cohen’s threatening voice makes him sound like an old-school gangster with 50 years of practice in the lidding business, with a three-pack-a-day Marlboro habit.

Excerpted from In praise of … True Detective season two by Jessica Reed (The Guardian: August 11, 2015)

For more about Leonard Cohen’s Nevermind as True Detective S2 theme song, see Nevermind by Leonard Cohen True Detective S2 Theme Song