I’d love to write a hit but I don’t think I know how to do it. Even Suzanne and Bird On A Wire were never really hits – they were horizontal hits. In concert I have to sing Suzanne, Bird On A Wire, So Long Marianne. People cry out for them. They come to a concert and have been living with your songs for a long time and they want to hear the songs they really like.
From Cohen at 50: On His Songs, His Women And Children by Chris Cobb Ottawa Citizen: April 21, 1984. Photo by Pete Purnell .