“The Future would be pretty grim if I just nailed it up on the church door like Martin Luther. I mean it is a hot little track and you can dance to it. It’s gotta have that.” Leonard Cohen


 
From Rebirth of a Ladies’ Man By Brendan Kelly. The Financial Post: December 12, 1992.

Leonard Cohen Explains “The difference between the philosopher, the priest and the politician and what I do.”

Did you ever harbour hopes for the way the world would progress, that things might get better, more dignified, that we were looking to a brighter and better tomorrow?

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When you’re on the frontline in the battle for your own survival there are times when the fighting subsides and you can come up with some reflections one way or the other. But then the snipers start and the grenades are launched and you wonder how you’re going to acquit yourself honourably of the responsibilities that you’re engaged. That’s the difference between the philosopher, the priest and the politician and what I do. I don’t have to win a vote, I don’t have to establish a system that doesn’t contradict itself, I don’t have to have a clear vision, I don’t even have to have a vision. All I have to do is report things as accurately as I can from moment to moment.quotedown2

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From “Hello! I Must Be Cohen” By Gavin Martin (New Musical Express, January 9, 1993).

Leonard Cohen Talks About The Future Lyrics: “The little Jew who wrote the Bible”

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I don’t exactly know where that line [‘The little Jew who wrote the Bible’] comes from. I knew it was a good line when it came and it didn’t come to me casually, I really sweated over it. I know somehow that I’m in a tribe, not necessarily a Jewish tribe, but a human tribe through which deep perceptions are manifested. I’m not trying to get a job on that basis, get a religion or even promote myself on that basis, I just know that the things I feel are true.quotedown2

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From “Hello! I Must Be Cohen” By Gavin Martin (New Musical Express, January 9, 1993).

Leonard Cohen Elaborates On “Take the only tree that’s left And stuff it up the hole In your culture” From The Future

Give me crack and anal sex
Take the only tree that’s left
And stuff it up the hole
In your culture
Give me back the Berlin Wall
Give me Stalin and Saint Paul
I’ve seen the future, brother:
It is murder.

From The Future by Leonard Cohen

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Of course I affirm the people that are trying to save the forest and the environment but to me those are symptoms of something else. It’s an alibi to think you’re getting anywhere by doing that sort of thing. The self-righteousness and self-congratulations that go with it seems to suggest that you can’t write a song about the boredom of the rainforest, the boredom of the ozone, the boredom of recycling. Yeah, we’ve got to do all those things but let’s not ignore the fact that something is going down here. It’s like trying to tidy up on the Titanic. I wrote that song soon after the Wall came down — it had to be written. When the centre erodes and people can no longer find a centre they will seize on the most easily available form of identification. The most easily available identification is racial. We see that happening, there’s no way you can sit down and reason in that situation, reasoning depends on some sort of order. When it’s every man for himself the identification of race arises. I think those are very dangerous times. And that is the time we are in.quotedown2

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From “Hello! I Must Be Cohen” By Gavin Martin (New Musical Express, January 9, 1993).

“[‘The Future’] would be bleak if it wasn’t set to a hot dance track.” Leonard Cohen

From One on One: The Imprint Interviews by Leanna Crouch (Somerville House Publishing, 1994). Interview date November 19, 1992. Originally posted June 21, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Talks About Poetry As A Way To Win Women’s Hearts, Country Music, His Chop, His London Landlady, L.A. & Catastrophe, Performs Democracy, The Future, & Dance Me To The End of Love On Later With Jools Holland – 1993

Featuring Julie Christensen & Perla Batalla

This video offers the complete Later With Jools Holland show (BBC), taped May 12, 1993 and broadcast May 14, 1993, featuring Leonard Cohen. It includes an informative and entertaining interview with Leonard, a 1967 clip of Leonard & Julie Felix performing Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye, and Leonard’s stellar performances of Democracy, The Future, and Dance Me To The End Of Love with Julie Christensen & Perla Batalla.

 

Credit Due Department:Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me to this video

“Thank you friends, for climbing to those high places… Thank you friends, for endangering your household budgets” Outstanding Video: Leonard Cohen Performs The Future – Amsterdam 2013

Leonard Cohen – The Future
Amsterdam: Sept 20, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Originally posted December 31, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Pristine Video: Leonard Cohen Performs The Future – Lucca 2013

futurelucaPristine clarity and color along with great sound make  this one of the best videos from the 2013 Tour.

Leonard Cohen – The Future
Lucca: July 9, 2013
Video by robytex69

Originally posted July 10, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric