History Music / LeonardCohen

10th Jun '16 6:16:09 AM DeepRed
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* ''Various Positions'' (1984) a.k.a. ''The One With "Hallelujah" On It''

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* ''Various Positions'' (1984) a.k.a. ''The One With ''TheOneWith "Hallelujah" On It''
28th Apr '16 11:16:20 AM bwburke94
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* ''Various Positions'' a.k.a. ''The One With "Hallelujah" On It'' (1984)

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* ''Various Positions'' (1984) a.k.a. ''The One With "Hallelujah" On It'' (1984)It''
17th Apr '16 12:30:37 AM VoiceInTheWilderness
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* ''The Book of Mercy'' (Poetry) (1984)
13th Apr '16 3:39:12 AM 06tele
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** He once told a story about the beginning of his musical career, when he was about to go on stage at some festival in the late 60s and he suddenly had an attack of stage fright. He turned to his manager and said "Listen, I don't know what I'm doing here, this is ridiculous -- I can't sing." His manager replied "[[BrutalHonesty None of you guys can sing. If I want to hear singing, I go to the opera.]]"
13th Apr '16 3:29:42 AM 06tele
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* ItsPersonal:
--> ''I don't like your fashion business, mister''
--> ''I don't like these drugs that keep you thin.''
--> ''I don't like what happened to my sister.''
--> ''First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.''
7th Apr '16 7:48:50 PM wyattte
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20th Jan '16 1:00:03 AM bt8257
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->''I heard there was a secret chord''

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->''I ->''I've heard there was a secret chord''
20th Jan '16 12:53:15 AM bt8257
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->''Now I've heard there was a secret chord''

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->''Now I've ->''I heard there was a secret chord''
3rd Oct '15 1:21:52 AM DeepRed
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* BassoProfundo: One of the best-known examples.
18th Jul '15 11:41:40 PM ThornBrain
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* BilingualBonus:
** In "The Partisan" some lines are in French.
* CardCarryingVillain: the narrator of ''Beautiful Losers''.

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* BilingualBonus:
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BilingualBonus: In "The Partisan" some lines are in French.
* CardCarryingVillain: the The narrator of ''Beautiful Losers''.



** "The Future": "I've seen the future, baby; it is murder"
** "Everybody Knows": "Everybody knows that the war is over / Everybody knows the good guys lost / Everybody knows the fight was fixed / The poor stay poor, the rich get rich"
** ''Songs of Love and Hate'' includes the song "Dress Rehearsal Rag", which is notable for - despite Cohen frequently being derided for writing "wrist-slitting songs" - being the only song that actually mentions wrist-slitting.
*** Finally, and ironically, despite this being easily his bleakest album, it's the only album cover where he's smiling.
* TheCynic: His songs are frequently pessimistic. "Everybody Knows" might be the best example.

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** "The Future": "I've Future":
-->''I've
seen the future, baby; it is murder"
murder''
** "Everybody Knows": "Everybody Knows":
--> ''Everybody
knows that the war is over / Everybody over''\\
''Everybody
knows the good guys lost / Everybody lost''\\
''Everybody
knows the fight was fixed / The fixed''\\
''The
poor stay poor, the rich get rich"
** ''Songs of Love and Hate'' includes the song "Dress Rehearsal Rag", which is notable for - despite Cohen frequently being derided for writing "wrist-slitting songs" - being the only song that actually mentions wrist-slitting.
*** Finally, and ironically, despite this being easily his bleakest album, it's the only album cover where he's smiling.
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* TheCynic: His songs are frequently pessimistic. pessimistic, such as in "Everybody Knows" might be the best example.Knows".



--> From an interview with SuzanneVega, 1992:

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--> ** From an interview with SuzanneVega, Music/SuzanneVega, 1992:



* ForWantOfANail: His music saved Creator/RogerEbert's life. Here's how: Ebert was in the hospital for cancer treatment, and it looked like the surgery had been a success. He and his wife were getting ready to leave, but Cohen's song "I'm Your Man" starting playing on his iPod and Ebert chose to linger for a bit so he could listen to his song. Just after it ended, though, his cartoid artery burst and Ebert collapsed in the room. Lucky for him, he was already in the hospital, so his life was saved. Had he not waited to listen to Cohen, Ebert would have been a car bleeding profusely, with a much slimmer chance of reaching his doctors again.
* GodIsLoveSongs: Numerous songs, but the best example is possibly "Coming Back To You"; it starts "Baby, I'm still hurting, and I can't turn the other cheek; you know that I still love you, it's just that I can't speak" - and it soon becomes clear that the "Baby" in question is, er, God (or possibly Judaism in general).
* GratuitousFrench: Not exactly gratuitous, of course, since Cohen is Canadian and thus speaks French as well as English.
** In "The Partisan" some lines are in French.

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* ForWantOfANail: His music saved Creator/RogerEbert's life. Here's how: Ebert was in the hospital for cancer treatment, and it looked like the surgery had been a success. He and his wife were getting ready to leave, but Cohen's song "I'm Your Man" starting playing on his iPod and Ebert chose to linger for a bit so he could listen to his song. Just after it ended, though, his cartoid artery burst and Ebert collapsed in the room. Lucky for him, he was already in the hospital, so his life was saved. Had he not waited to listen to Cohen, Ebert would have been a car bleeding profusely, with a much slimmer chance of reaching his doctors again.
* GodIsLoveSongs: Numerous songs, but the best most direct example is possibly "Coming Back To You"; it You". It starts "Baby, I'm still hurting, and I can't turn the other cheek; you cheek/You know that I still love you, it's just that I can't speak" - and it soon becomes clear that the "Baby" in question is, er, is God (or possibly Judaism in general).
* GratuitousFrench: Not exactly gratuitous, of course, since Cohen is Canadian and thus speaks French as well as English.
**
In "The Partisan" some lines are in French.



** From Cohen's translation of a [[Creator/FedericoGarciaLorca Garcia Lorca]] poem:



** Not the straightest use of this trope as it's Cohen's translation of a [[Creator/FedericoGarciaLorca Garcia Lorca]] poem, a better example may be "Light as the Breeze", a lovely little song about the technique one should employ when performing oral sex.
** Another example, but much less subtle than the above: in "Chelsea Hotel #2", a lovely song written for JanisJoplin, he so lovingly sings

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** Not the straightest use of this trope as it's Cohen's translation of a [[Creator/FedericoGarciaLorca Garcia Lorca]] poem, a better example may be "Light as the Breeze", a lovely little song about the technique one should employ when performing oral sex.
** Another example, but much less subtle than the above: in In "Chelsea Hotel #2", a lovely song written for JanisJoplin, Music/JanisJoplin, he so lovingly sings



* IsntItIronic: "Hallelujah" is probably the worst offender. It's not supposed to be a happy song!
** Cohen was also reportedly greatly amused by the non-ironic use of "Democracy" (a scathing, wry little statement about American society) as a patriotic ballad. I mean, for heaven's sake:

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* IsntItIronic: {{Irony}}: ''Songs of Love and Hate'' have some of Cohen's bleakest and most depressing lyrics in his whole catalogue. It's one of the only album covers to show him smiling.
* IsntItIronic:
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"Hallelujah" is probably the worst offender. It's not supposed to be a happy song!
** Cohen was also reportedly greatly amused by the non-ironic use of "Democracy" (a scathing, wry little statement about American society) as a patriotic ballad. I mean, for heaven's sake:



* LyricalDissonance: "Heart with No Companion" has a bouncy, jaunty melody and introduction. And then the first line...

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* LyricalDissonance: LyricalDissonance:
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"Heart with No Companion" has a bouncy, jaunty melody and introduction. And then the first line...



** ''The Captain'' also has a rather upbeat, bouncy tune and a rather dark subject matter.

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** ''The Captain'' also "The Captain" has a rather an upbeat, bouncy tune and a rather dark subject matter.



* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Suzanne from "Suzanne".

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* %%* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Suzanne from "Suzanne".



* NewSoundAlbum: ''I'm Your Man'' has elements of synth-pop with the normal folk-rock he has.

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* NewSoundAlbum: ''I'm Your Man'' has elements of synth-pop with the his normal folk-rock he has.folk-rock.



* NotChristianRock: Scriptural and religious imagery appears often in Cohen's lyrics, but not always as a statement of faith. The most noteworthy example of course is "Hallelujah," which dwells on the biblical stories of David and Samson but is really more of a BreakupSong.

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* NotChristianRock: Scriptural and religious imagery appears often in Cohen's lyrics, but not always as a statement of faith. The most noteworthy best-known example of course is "Hallelujah," which dwells on the biblical stories of David and Samson but is really more of a BreakupSong.



-->Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof
-->You saw her bathing on the roof
-->Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: "Dress Rehearsal Rag"
* SanitySlippageSong: "Dress Rehearsal Rag" again and "Diamonds In The Mine". But several other songs from the album ''Songs Of Love And Hate'' could qualify.

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-->Well, --> ''Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof
-->You
proof''
--> ''You
saw her bathing on the roof
-->Her
roof''
--> ''Her
beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya.
*
ya''
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RageAgainstTheReflection: "Dress Rehearsal Rag"
Rag".
* SanitySlippageSong: "Dress Rehearsal Rag" again and "Diamonds In The Mine". But several other songs from the album ''Songs Of Love And Hate'' could qualify.



* StylisticSuck: The vocals in "Diamonds in the Mine".

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* StylisticSuck: The vocals in "Diamonds in the Mine".Mine" are ragged and off-key.



* VillainSong: "First We Take Manhattan", possibly.

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* VillainSong: "First We Take Manhattan", possibly.Manhattan".



* AWorldHalfFull: "Anthem", definitely. He has some similar songs that veer more into CrapsackWorld, but might still have the requisite sense of beauty and empowerment simply by virtue of being stirring music.

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* AWorldHalfFull: AWorldHalfFull:
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"Anthem", definitely. He has some similar songs that veer more into CrapsackWorld, but might still have the requisite sense of beauty and empowerment simply by virtue of being stirring music.
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