There has always been a religious side to my work. Most of my songs have confused God and woman. In Dance Me To The End Of Love, I’m not trying to make it literal; I’m trying to make it sing.
Leonard Cohen Work Finds A Place by Mary Campbell (AP – Kentucky New Era: June 29, 1985). Note: Originally posted Sep 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
There’s one [saying] I like very much…It goes like this: ‘Why do you hate me? I never helped you.’ I like that saying because it evokes the complexity of a relationship, a friendship. Whether it’s accurate or not is really not important. It evokes the complexity that is the background of any relationship.
From Leonard Cohen — Haute Dog by Mr. Bonzai (David Goggin). Music Smarts: July 10, 2010 (archived from 1988). Note: Originally posted May 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
If you’re in the midst of a relationship, you should honour the terms of the relationship. I’ve always believed that. I’ve never been able to follow it, but I’ve always believed it… Monogamous marriage and commitment, all those ferocious ideas, are the very highest expression of a male possibility. [pauses a beat] I’m not good enough for that. It’s a great idea, though.
Note: At the time of this interview, Leonard Cohen and Rebecca De Mornay were in the fifth year of their relationship. By late 1994, when Cohen began his five year stay at the Mount Baldy Zen Center, he and De Mornay had formally ended their engagement. The author of the interview notes that “Cohen is being strangely noncommittal about their relationship” and when asked if the relationship has ended, answers “Oh, I wouldn’t say that. I certainly wouldn’t say that to you.”
From “An Interview with Leonard Cohen” by Richard Guilliatt. The Sunday Times Magazine (London), December 12, 1993. Note: Originally posted May 2, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
The relationship between the sexes is, finally, what makes us feel either good or bad about ourselves. Sure, it’s not written anywhere that we have to feel good about ourselves but let’s try to get that straightened out. Or at least, at most maybe, try to get a little better than it is. Or has been.
From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)
It [love] is like the taste of honey when you’re very young – or chocolate when you need something sweet. … And every cell of your body says ‘thank you.’ That’s what it’s like.
From Armelle Brusq’s Spring 1996 Documentary focused on Cohen’s retreat to the Mt Baldy Zen Center.
Note: Originally posted January 11, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric