A Song for Leonard Cohen is a sly, flirtatious, clever homage to the Canadian singer-songwriter Amanda Shires released on her Down Fell the Doves album.
In Amanda Shires at Music City Roots she explains,
“I wrote it as an exercise on his birthday,” says Shires, who has a verse from Cohen’s “Hallelujah” tattooed on her forearm. “But I did not write it in hopes that he would hear it, In fact, if I had thought there’d ever be a chance in hell of him actually hearing it, I never would have written it, because that would be mortifying. But I admire and respect him so much, and that would be my dream encounter with him. Dreaming is a safe way to have fun.”
Ongoing readers may recall Amanda Shires from her previous appearances on DrHGuy.com, a predecessor this site, as the host of tattoos inspired by Leonard Cohen, such as the lines from Leonard Cohen’s Take This Waltz that arch across her back.
The lyrics of A Song for Leonard Cohen display significant knowledge of Cohentology, including references to “comparing mythologies,” “Phil Spector with his revolver,” and “our voices never had much to offer.”
— melissa block (@NPRmelissablock) June 10, 2013
Photo atop this post by Erica Shires – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,via Wikipedia. Second photo taken by and used with permission of Kirk Stauffer Photography. The photo of the tattooed arms was posted by Melissa Block via Twitter
Originally posted August 5, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric