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"I've never seen your eyes so wide..."

"I came so far for beauty
I left so much behind
My patience and my family
My masterpiece unsigned"
— "Came So Far for Beauty"

Recent Songs is the sixth studio album by Leonard Cohen, released in 1979. Working with co-producer Henry Lewy, Cohen returned to his spare, folk-inspired style after the grandiose pop experimentation of his previous album, Death of a Ladies' Man (produced by Phil Spector)—but now drawing on broader stylistic and international influences (including jazz and Middle Eastern music).


Side One

  1. "The Guests" (6:40)
  2. "Humbled in Love" (5:15)
  3. "The Window" (5:56)
  4. "Came So Far for Beauty" (4:04)
  5. "The Lost Canadian (Un Canadien errant)" (4:42)

Side Two

  1. "The Traitor" (6:16)
  2. "Our Lady of Solitude" (3:13)
  3. "The Gypsy's Wife" (5:13)
  4. "The Smokey Life" (5:19)
  5. "Ballad of the Absent Mare" (6:26)


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