“You make me forget so very much” Leonard Cohen’s WTF Version Of So Long, Marianne – Wiesbaden 2010

Roscoe Beck To The Rescue – Reminds Leonard Cohen Of Leonard Cohen’s lyrics

From The Leonard Cohen Blooper Reel: One line into “So Long, Marianne,” Leonard Cohen blanks on the lyrics, uttering the classic “What the … .” He turns to Roscoe Beck (on bass) who whispers the words to him, but Cohen still doesn’t go on. With a smile on his face, he walks back to Beck, who sings the first lines to him. Cohen opts to omit the first verse, going directly into the chorus with the audience joyously joining in. He and the crowd seem equally taken by the words of the next verse:

Well you know that I love to live with you,
but you make me forget so very much.
I forget to pray for the angels
and then the angels forget to pray for us. [emphasis mine]

Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne
Wiesbaden: Sept 3, 2010

Originally posted Sept 7, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Hear Sydney Salute Leonard Cohen & Leonard Cohen Sing So Long, Marianne – 2010

Leonard Cohen Uses Break In Applause By Sydney Audience To Sing So Long, Marianne

The sequence of events in this video follows:

  • Sydney audience applauds following end of a song
  • Cohen & company take their bows
  • Sydney audience continues to applaud
  • Cohen et al depart stage
  • Sydney audience continues to applaud
  • Leonard Cohen and his musicians are off stage for a bit, perhaps to enjoy a light snack or email the folks back home
  • Sydney audience continues to applaud
  • Cohen and crew reappear on stage
  • Sydney audience continues to applaud

Oh, and then Leonard Cohen and the Unified Heart Touring Company perform “So Long, Marianne.”

Then, the crowd applauds.

Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne
Sydney: Nov 8, 2010
Video from mcgettrick26

Credit Due Department: The photo atop this post  is by J.S. Carenza III

Note: Originally posted Nov 11, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Outstanding Video: Leonard Cohen’s Classic So Long, Marianne – Dublin 2013

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“Ah, You Sing So Pretty”

Singing along on So Long, Marianne was a sine qua non of Leonard Cohen Dublin concerts and the Sept 11, 2013 show was no exception with the crowd earning Cohen’s expected but no less cherished commendation, “Ah, you sing so pretty.”

Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne
Dublin: Sept 11, 2013
Video: albertnoonan


Best 2013 Leonard Cohen Videos: The best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2013 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour can be found at the Best Of 2013 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist

Note: Originally posted Sep 12, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Sheds Tear Singing So Long Marianne – 1972

Another Leonard Cohen performance that includes tearfulness can be viewed at Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Stranger Song, Demonstrates His Chop On BBC’s Julie Felix Show – 1968.

Leonard Cohen – So Long Marianne
Bird On A Wire Documentary: 1972

Note: Originally posted February 9, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video – Leonard Cohen In The Movies: “Suzanne” & “So Long, Marianne” in Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana (mirages) is an experimental film by Werner Herzog shot in the Sahara Desert.

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne & So Long, Marianne
Fata Morgana
Suzanne begins at 1:35
So Long, Marianne becomes apparent at 7:10

Note: Originally posted Oct 23, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Adam Cohen Performs Leonard Cohen’s So Long Marianne – With His Father In The Audience

From the YouTube description:

It’s been a little over a year since legendary singer and poet Leonard Cohen passed away. We thought now would be a good time to share this really special performance of Adam Cohen performing his father’s classic song So Long Marianne.

I can’t be sure but this may be from the same performance shown in the Adam Cohen – Like A Man EPK (see screen capture from that video below)

Thanks to Marie M, whose post at Speaking Cohen alerted me to this charming video

Video: Leonard “Happy To Be Here” Cohen Performs So Long Marianne & First We Take Manhattan – Amsterdam 2012

Well, you know that I love to live with you
But you make me forget so very much
I forget to pray for the angels
And then the angels forget to pray for us

Highlights: Leonard skipping on and offstage, Alex Bublitchi’s solo in So Long Marianne, the enthusiastic audience reaction – but most of all, Leonard’s smiles.

Leonard Cohen – So Long Marianne & First We Take Manhattan
Amsterdam: Aug 22, 2012

Note: Originally posted Aug 26, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric