Leonard Cohen On Origin Of The “Burning Violin” In Dance Me To The End Of Love

Dance me to your beauty
with a burning violin

From Dance Me To The End Of Love
By Leonard Cohen

 

Q: What about the “burning violin” in Dance Me To The End Of Love?

 

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There were these little orchestras the Germans put together in concentration camps. They played while people were being incinerated or gassed. If you want to read the song from that point of view, it becomes something quite different.quotedown2

 

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen: The Profits Of Doom by Steve Turner, Q (UK), April 1988.

Also see Leonard Cohen: “Dance Me To The End Of Love” Arose From Photo Of Death Camp Musicians

Note: I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Sept 11, 2017.

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