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Suzanne instrumental version

Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:50 am
by TomParis
Hi there,

We are fans (from France, sorry for our English !) of Leonard Cohen's music. In a couple of months we will get married and we would like to enter the church with the famous Leonard' song "Suzanne" but in instrumental version. Does this version exist ?

Thank you for your help,



Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 2:38 pm
by Patyou
Bonjour et félicitations

Il existe un cd karaoké associant Leonard et Enya, mais je ne sais pas si Suzanne en fait partie (probablement). De plus, je ne suis pas sur qu'il s'agit de l'orchestration d'origine et cela sonne peut-être comme une boite à musique. Il y a aussi des logiciels qui permettent de retirer la voix d'un morceau, mais je ne sais pas ce que ca vaut.

Bye et encore bravo

Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:24 pm
by TomParis
Thanks for your reply and your congratulations (désolé de répondre en Français mais étant sur un foruml à majorité anglo saxonne et afin que tout le monde nous comprenne, j'insiste :wink: )! I'm afraid of this kind of version we could find on a Karaoke CD. We are just looking for the original version but just without the leonard's voice. If anyone of you could help...

Thanks again

Flo & Tom

Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 4:41 pm
by jarkko
There is no "official" instrumental version but some recordings can be found on albums (taken from

Cyril Ornadel Orchestra: "Swinging the 60s-Big Band Arr.." released in UK in 1996

Wallis Blue Ochestra: "Midnight Melodies" released in France in 1989

Geoffrey Oryema's intrumental version, on the promotional CD single "More Fans", released in France in 1991 as a supplement to the Les Inrockuptibles magazine. (African style, might not be good for your needs)

Unfortunately those Orchestra-CDs may be quite difficult to find nowadays.

Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:42 pm
by TomParis
Thanks fo these precious information ! But damn, it is really hard to find these references ! I'm afraid we have to find an alternative solution as we really want "the" instrumental version from Leonard Cohen or find another song. We will check with the publisher if it is possible to get the song without the voice.
Thanks again for your help.

Flo & Tom

Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 12:21 am
by jarkko
I'm pretty sure Sony cannot help. I have both those orchestral songs and can send you a MP3 file next week if you want to check them.

Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 4:22 pm
by TomParis
With pleasure ! I've added your MSN contact to mine ( Let switch to MSN for the files !

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 2:44 am
by A'af
HUH?? Suzanne for that ceremony??

Please dont change your idea, if you really hard to got instrumental version of suzanne, maybe the organ man can help you. Let him listen, he must can play it perfectly... not a complication note in all Leonard songs are we? :wink:

once again, congratulation with both of that :D

good luck,

Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 7:16 am
by Bryce48
He accompanies himself on guitar alone - is there a competent guitarsist that you know that could figure the part out and play live for you at your ceremony - it's not a hard accompaniment.

Re: Suzanne instrumental version

Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:26 pm
by MariaCastells
jarkko, TomParis,

I find myself in the same situation TomParis was some years ago, I'm getting married and I would like to put the instrumental version of Suzanne during the ceremony. Could any of you send me the mp3 files?

Thanks in advance for your help!!!

Kind regards,