In My Secret Life (2001) – Leonard Cohen

When I began exploring Leonard’s music, this is one of the first songs outside out of his classic cannon that I was drawn to. In My Secret Life is a solid song from Leonard. Not in his top tier songs by any stretch but it’s firm and treads a beaten path. I think it’s a good introductory song to Leonard for anyone unaccustomed with his music, because it’s no frills – Leonard. This is the third song to appear here from the album Ten New Songs, released in 2001.

I saw you this morning
You were moving so fast
Can’t seem to loosen my grip
Well on the past
And I miss you so much
There’s no one in sight
And we’re still making love
In my secret life
In my secret life

The song was performed by Leonard and Sharon Robinson. Sharon’s voice appears a lot on Leonard’s later records. She was a frequent writing collaborator and has written songs for the likes of Don Henley and Roberta Flack.

The dystopian video scenes of this song in the official video below are alluring as well. It was filmed in Montreal at Habitat 67 famous for its futuristic take on architecture and was built by Jewish architect Moshe Safdie.

The lead response to the song (video below) I found enlightening:
Shanti: Leonard made me realise instead of running away from my misery it is ok to just sit with all of it and make peace with it.

1. In My Secret Life – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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2 comments on “In My Secret Life (2001) – Leonard Cohen
  1. I absolutely love the “laidbackness” of it all and the close “proximity” of the voice to my ear!

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