Whats your favourite Leonard Cohen's song?

General discussion about Leonard Cohen's songs and albums
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Post by jim_ashton » Sun May 07, 2006 6:36 am

"Hallelujah", the first time I watched "Shrek"(near the end they play it) the very first time I heard it I was taken away by it. Now I've been searching the internet and all I can find is versions of it that other people do that sound like crap because they improvise them too much.
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Post by dperrings » Tue May 09, 2006 3:24 am

Take this Waltz, Joan of Arc, Famous Blue Raincoat, Dance Me to the End of Love, and the Story of Issac.

in that order

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Favourite Song!

Post by Lex » Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:23 am

No contest, The Window.
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Post by Philwilli » Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:40 am

It must be "Suzanne"the first LC song i ever heard
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Post by shiffi » Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:20 am

Dress Rehearsal Rag and A Singer Must Die are the two songs I feel closest to. Others I'd have to mention are The Future, Stories of the Street (the first LC song I fell in love with), Joan of Arc and Tower of Song.
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FAVOURITE LC SONG

Post by david birkett » Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:58 pm

If obliged to pick one, it would have to be Hallelujah, if only because it demonstrates the essential Cohen themes and skills so well. I mean the conflation of the sacred and the physical, the effortless encapsualtion of profound themes, the passionate advocacy of creativity and the celebration of failure to achieve perfection as the inevitable and glorious purpose of humanity.

It's also damned funny. "But you don't really care for music, do ya" is one of the most caustic and hilarious lines in pop lyrical history, and all those audacious, brilliant rhymes add to the fun.

I am referring to the lyrics used on Various Positions, which I think constitute a much stronger song than the alternative verses about walking the floor and shooting people, splendid though these are too.

How about the worst Cohen song? My vote is Light as the Breeze.

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Post by gajah mada » Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:04 pm

A lot of songs are my favorite, but I particularly like the first 2 albums with classics like Suzanne, but also One of Us cannot be Wrong, Seems so Long ago and The Old Revolution. :D
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Post by davideo » Sun Jun 18, 2006 10:10 am

Same here Gajah.
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Post by Kevin W.M.LastYearsMan » Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:54 pm

You comments about his themes are very well stated, David B.
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my favorite...

Post by badatti2d » Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:43 am

I am new to this forum, and new to Mr. Cohen's music, but I would have to say that There For You, and A Thousand Kisses Deep are two of my favorites.... I must admit, that most of his work leaves me in an almost hypnotic state...awesome sound of his low voice, coupled with the nicely-done accompaniment... I am glad to have accidentally stumbled onto his music, as it now resounds loudly in my head while I am at work, or just working in the yard at home...it makes me feel better, and it relaxes my soul.
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Post by lizzytysh » Sun Jul 09, 2006 2:30 pm

Welcome to the Forum, Badatti :D ... years ago, I knew someone from Texarkana and, at first, thought they were making up the name of their town. Great choices on your favourites, and your favourites are subject to... and will... change :wink: . So, how is it that you did stumble onto Leonard's music?


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Post by Cohen Kid » Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:43 pm

I always said Seems so long ago Nancy was the best song...now I'm in doubt... maybe I like The MASTER SONG even more. I think that's his best and most haunting song and the tremelo guitar is so ver very good. how come there are no musicians credited on the first albums???? did he do all the guitars and basses and percussion himself?
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Re: my favorite...

Post by Cohen Kid » Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:45 pm

badatti2d wrote:I am new to this forum, and new to Mr. Cohen's music, but I would have to say that There For You, and A Thousand Kisses Deep are two of my favorites....
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it's nice here... cool to see a song from 10 new songs is your favourite. that is my favourite leonard lp
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Post by DeeDee » Sun Sep 03, 2006 10:21 pm

My favourite song has to be Suzanne. Not only are the lyrics superb but the melody mimics the sound of the river.

The contrast between the garbage and the flowers is also very evocative.

And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you've touched her perfect body with your mind. [/i]
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Post by lizzytysh » Mon Sep 04, 2006 12:24 am

the melody mimics the sound of the river.

I've never listened to it in that way. Thanks for the suggestion.

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