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If I Didn’t Have Your Love (2016) – Leonard Cohen

If I Didn’t Have Your Love is the first song to appear here from Leonard Cohen’s final album You Want It Darker. When this album came out, I was enchanted by it. I wrote in the Dylan forum Expecting Rain

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Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye (1967) – Leonard Cohen

I’ve lost count how many songs by Leonard have appeared here and I don’t see that abating, but this is one of the few early ones presented so far. I do not consider it a top-tier output like the accompanying

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Hallelujah (1984) – Leonard Cohen (Rufus Wainright version)

Adam (Leonard Cohen’s son) tells the story of an amusing moment between Cohen and perhaps his closest creative peer, Bob Dylan. “A lot of people have made the comparison between Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen over the years and there’s

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Going Home (2012) – Leonard Cohen

44 years after the release of his first album, today’s track Going Home opens Leonard Cohen’s (at age 77) 12th studio album Old Ideas which has featured here prominently. This track is in polar contrast with the track which ends

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First We Take Manhattan (1986) – Leonard Cohen

I love everything 80’s about this track; the synthpop and corny women voices singing ‘I’d really like to live beside you, baby‘. The irony is, it’s an apocalyptic message and Leonard seems to be playing the instigator of this world

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Everybody Knows (1988) – Leonard Cohen

This song is for those who like to maintain appearances and feel secure that their secrets remain in the closet. I think this song poetically is one of Leonard’s finest and sung below by his good friend Rufus Wainwright which

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Different Sides (2012) – Leonard Cohen

By golly the latter era Cohen songs are running amok in this blog and for good reason, he wrote a crazy amount of excellent songs in his older age. I think unlike his contemporaries Leonard found a new lease on

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Did I Ever Love You (2014) – Leonard Cohen

This song demonstrates what is so damn good about Cohen’s music especially in the latter epoch of his career. I could have Did I ever Love You on repeat and never tire hearing it. The contrasting musical interlude between the

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Democracy (1992) – Leonard Cohen

Back when Cohen released Democracy I was just out of high school and learning to fly from the nest. If someone had asked me what Democracy was I may have scolded them for eating into my time trying to serenade

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Dance Me To The End of Love (1984) – Leonard Cohen

The day before yesterday as I channel hopped something to watch on the ordinary shitty cable TV here, I was struck to find the documentary of Marianne & Leonard (Words of Love). I was glued to the TV until it

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