‘Ah, the man she wanted all her life was hanging by a thread.
” I never even knew how much I wanted you” she said.
His muscles they were numbered and his style was obsolete.
” O baby I have come too late”. She knelt beside his feet.’
– ‘Death of a Ladies Man’ (1977)
Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet and singer-songwriter, is currently undergoing a period of late-career renaissance, having recently completed a world tour that received ecstatic, rave reviews verging on religious reverence, a number one album (“Old Ideas”), and virtual canonisation, in the anti-establishment, as the author and singer of some of the most penetrating, uncompromising lyrics in music.
I have a couple of Cohen albums myself, and there are a fair few songs of his I love, including “Who By Fire”, ” Suzanne” and ” Famous Blue Raincoat”, but…
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