Leonard Cohen – The Future
Lucca: July 9, 2013
Video by robytex69
Originally posted July 10, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I mean, if I’d just nailed this lyric [The Future] to the Church door, like Martin Luther, it might be a cause for some trembling and menace; but, the fact is, it’s married to a hot little dance track. So, you’re going to dance your way through The Future. You’re going to dance your way through the whole record because the groove is honoured.
From Leonard Cohen’s The Future Interview by Bob Mackowitz. Transcript from a radio special produced by Interviews Unlimited for Sony Music, 1992. The transcript was prepared by Judith Fitzgerald. Originally posted May 7, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
People seem to know what ‘The Future’ is about. It’s humourous, there’s irony, there’s all kinds of distances from the event that make the song possible. It’s art. It’s a good dance track, it’s a hot number. It’s captivating — it’s even got hope. But the place where the song comes from is a life-threatening situation. You’ve got to go to some risky terrain. That’s why the record takes so long to make, and that’s why you’re shattered at the end of it.
No Mercy – Leonard Cohen’s Tales from the Dark Side by Anthony DeCurtis. Rolling Stone: January 21, 1993. Originally posted Jan 4, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
People say my vision of the future is bleak. The future is here. I think the landscape that I describe in all the songs is here. It is that landscape which provokes these cries. Those are not my personal politics, these are the kinds of cries that arise in response to the catastrophe in which we find ourselves. Human beings have always found themselves in a catastrophe. The human predicament is catastrophic, but these are the cries: ‘Give me back the Berlin Wall, give me Stalin and St. Paul…lie beside me baby, that’s an order’. This is the mind shattered by the predicament. So that mind which says ‘give me crack and anal sex’, also says ‘I’ll be loving you always’. In other words, all kinds of expression, irresponsible, shattered, broken, fragmented, passionate, indifferent; all these cries arise from this shattered heart, that is the heart that I confess I have, and in bars, guys occasionally confess they have.
From Leonard Cohen…What’s Your Problem? Doom and Gloom by Patrick Humphries (Vox: February, 1993),
Huston: How do you think that’s going to affect the future, given the fact that we are panicked and that things seem to be closing in on us?
This just may be each individual human’s translation of the certainty of their own death. I mean, things are closing in on us in a real way. I found when I was writing about the future, in a song called ‘The Future,’ I found that the hook I came up with, the one I could get behind and sing in several hundred concerts, was, ‘I’ve seen the future baby, it is murder.’ That seems to be true.
From Leonard Cohen Interviewed by Anjelica Huston. Interview magazine: November, 1995. Accessed at Remembering Leonard Cohen by Anjelica Huston (Interview: Nov 11, 2016). Photography Dana Lixenberg. Originally posted May 18, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
This appears to be the 1993 iteration of the 1988 promotions Leonard Cohen made with backup singers, usually anonymous stand-ins, lip-synching his songs on TV in France, Germany, Belgium, and other European countries. Those 1988 versions can be viewed
Leonard Cohen – The Future
Spanish TV: 1993