5 Leonard Cohen songs that will stay with us forever

2016-11-11 11:52

Cape Town – The world lost yet another prolific musician and poet on Friday.

As news spread of Leonard Cohen’s death at the age of 82, musos, fans and friends have all taken to social media to pay tribute to a legend.

And as we mourn one of the most respected talents in the world, we take a look at 5 Leonard Cohen songs that will stay with us forever:

1. Hallelujah

Made famous by Jeff Buckley and reaching increasing popularity after being featured in the film Shrek, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is probably one of the most covered songs in the world. The man singing it himself is still our favourite though, watch it here:

2. So Long, Marianne

Inspired by his muse Marianne Jensen, born Marianne Ihlen, whom Cohen met on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, So Long, Marianne is one of Cohen’s most beautiful songs.

3. Suzanne

This song was first published as a poem in 1966 and then recorded by Judy Collins in the same year. Also one of Cohen’s most covered songs, he performed Suzanne as his debut song off his debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, released in 1967. Watch this live performance of Judy Collins and Leonard Cohen on her PBS TV concert in January 1976:

4. Dance Me To The End Of Love

A powerful and haunting song, Dance Me To The End Of Love was inspired by the Holocaust. Watch the video for the song here:

5. Everybody Knows

Probably one of his darkest songs, Everybody Knows was written by Cohen and collaborator Sharon Robinson and appeared on his album I’m Your Man (1988).

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