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).

“You can feel even more passionate about things as you get older. As you drop the restraining & inhibiting braces of your thoughts and allow your feelings to become manifest a certain kind of energy is liberated.” Leonard Cohen

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I understood the different kinds of expression appropriate to different ages — lyrical for a young man, meditative for the middle ages, reflective for old age. There’s probably some truth to those designations, but not really. You can feel even more passionate about things as you get older. As you drop the restraining and inhibiting braces of your thoughts and allow your feelings to become manifest a certain kind of energy is liberated.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

“Some people write great songs in taxicabs, and some people write great songs in offices in the Brill Building. I wish I could work that way. For me, I’ve got to surrender to it, struggle with it and get creamed by it in the process.” Leonard Cohen

From No Mercy – Leonard Cohen’s Tales from the Dark Side by Anthony DeCurtis. Rolling Stone: January 21, 1993. Photo of Brill Building by John Wisniewski. Used under CC BY-ND 2.0. Originally posted Dec 26, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“My record company and I have an agreeable relationship; I sell enough records to keep them happy but few enough so that they don’t worry about the next one.” Leonard Cohen (1993)

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I have never shunned success. I have always tried to write hits that people would find enjoyable. My record company and I have an agreeable relationship; I sell enough records to keep them happy but few enough so that they don’t worry about the next one. If anything, I would have liked for them to treat me more as a commodity than an artist because I worry about the artist part enough for both of us.quotedown2

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From The Prophet of Love Looks into the Abyss: A Conversation with Leonard Cohen by Thom Jurek (Los Angeles Reader, August 27, 1993).

Compare with “I’m no longer a free man; I’m an exploited man.” Leonard Cohen On His Conflicts With The Music Business (1973)

Note: Like many musical artists, Leonard Cohen had a complicated relationship with his record company that shifted over time. Posts about this issue are collected at .

“I kind of re-introduced [The Partisan] into the world of popular music. I feel I wrote it, but I actually didn’t” Leonard Cohen Performs The Partisan – Montreal 2012

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[‘The Partisan’] was written during or after World War II by a Frenchman; it’s a resistance song. I kind of re-introduced it into the world of popular music. I feel I wrote it, but I actually didn’t. quotedown2

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The above quotation is from Leonard Cohen Work Finds A Place by Mary Campbell (AP – Kentucky New Era: June 29, 1985). DrHGuy Note: The Partisan, a song from the French Resistance written by Anna Marly and Emmanuel d’Astier in 1943. More information can be found at The Origins Of The Partisan.

Leonard Cohen – The Partisan
Montreal: Nov 28, 2012
Video by leonardcohenvideo

“This is a song for a girl named Nancy who was a real girl” Leonard Cohen On Seems So Long Ago, Nancy

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This is a song for a girl named Nancy who was a real girl—who went into the bathroom of her father’s house, took her brother’s shotgun and blew her head off. Age of 21. Maybe this is an arrogant thing to say, but maybe she did it because there weren’t enough people saying what I’ve been saying.quotedown2

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From introduction to Seems So Long Ago Nancy, Frankfurt 1972.  Photo by of Lars Sandblom.

“Leonard Cohen said there were thousands of poems and thousands of poets in the world and that most of the poems don’t get written down. The poets are specifically anal characters who like to collect it all.” John Glassco

From the Foster Conference Oct 12-14, 1963. Intricate Preparations: Writing Leonard Cohen, edited by Stephen Scobie. Originally posted Jan 8, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric