In an old interview you end up saying, “There are still beautiful losers and I am one.” Today what can you say? Do you still feel like a beautiful loser?
I think it’s the best position for a human. I wrote in another song A Thousand Kisses Deep, [Leonard translating himself into French] “And summoned now to deal / With your invincible defeat.” Invincible defeat. Everyone at a certain point is up against invincible defeat, and you have to deal with that fact: invincible defeat.
Meeting with Leonard Cohen – Interview by Albert Labbouz Translation and adaptation: Dr. Marc Gaffié (Patrice Clos: “Throughout the conversation, Leonard spoke mainly in French but also in English. It is this synthesis of the two languages that was absolutely necessary.”) Paris, June 29, 2001. Published in French; this excerpt via Google Translate.