I left so much behind
My patience and my family
My masterpiece unsigned"
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).
- "The Guests" (6:40)
- "Humbled in Love" (5:15)
- "The Window" (5:56)
- "Came So Far for Beauty" (4:04)
- "The Lost Canadian (Un Canadien errant)" (4:42)
- "The Traitor" (6:16)
- "Our Lady of Solitude" (3:13)
- "The Gypsy's Wife" (5:13)
- "The Smokey Life" (5:19)
- "Ballad of the Absent Mare" (6:26)
Tropes associated with this album:
- Definite Article Title: More than half of the songs on this album start with The Definite Article.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Zig-zagged by two songs, which are not as 'recent' as the others:
- The album's sole cover version, "The Lost Canadian (Un Canadien errant)", is Cohen's interpretation of a song from the 1840s.
- "Came So Far for Beauty" originated from Cohen's unfinished album, Songs for Rebecca, on which he worked with producer John Lissauer between 1974 and 1976 (between the albums New Skin for the Old Ceremony and Death of a Ladies' Man).