“I met a girl and I stayed for eight or ten years. Yeah, that’s the way it was in those days.” Leonard Cohen Recalls Marianne & Hydra

Leonard Cohen Reminisces About Hydra And Marianne

This video consists of many scenes of Hydra which frame two brief clips from different interviews with Cohen, both of which focus on him meeting Marianne and living together on the island, all set against the music of “So Long Marianne.”

While the information provided is well known to most fans, Leonard’s wistfulness is impressively conveyed, especially in the second section that ends with his summary,

I met a girl and I stayed for eight or ten years.

Yeah, that’s the way it was in those days.

I hold that the key to this video is Leonard Cohen’s facial expression when he speaks; it’s a delivery that strikingly belies his self-description, “I’m not a very nostalgic person.”1

Leonard on Marianne

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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 May 17, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com.
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  1. From the I’m Your Man documentary []

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