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Last month Leonard Cohen said in his New Yorker profile regarding his age and health issues, “I’ve got some work to do. Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable.”
Today, at age 82, Leonard Cohen has taken care of business and has moved on to greener pastures.
Leonard Cohen was one of the most prolific singer-songwriters the world has ever seen. His evocative bass voice and his poignant lyrics made him one of the greatest to come out of the 1960’s.
Getting in to every beautiful thing that Cohen created would take too long and my words couldn't possibly do him justice. Instead, I give you the 10 songs that meant the most to me from his prolific career and let his words speak for themselves.
And you know that she’s half crazy,
but that’s why you wanna be there.
9. So Long, Marianne
It’s time that we began to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.
8. Bird on a Wire
If I, if I have been untrue,
I hope you know it was never to you.
7. The Partisan
Through the graves the wind is blowing,
Freedom soon will come;
Then we'll come from the shadows
6. Blessed is the Memory
Oh, this room is far too small
For a pilgrim like you
Have I carved enough my Lord
Child, you are a bone
4. Famous Blue Raincoat
I guess that I miss you
I guess I forgive you
I’m glad you stood in my way
I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth
I didn’t come to fool you.
2. Dance Me to the End of Love
Oh, let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
1. Chelsea Hotel #2
Any clenching your fist for the ones like us
Who are oppressed by the figures of beauty,
You fixed yourself, you said, “Well never mind,
We are ugly but we have the music.”