[Waiting for the Miracle] investigates the “new courtesy” that must arise with the realization of the catastrophe: “I think this is the contract, the possible contract, between lovers or partners in this shattered landscape. It’s the other side of waiting. It is the acknowledgment of both parties that they are waiting for the miracle, but having acknowledged that, they are free from waiting for the miracle.”
In the song, Cohen even issues a marriage proposal, which belies the familiar End of Love scenes between men and women in his older songs. “Well, [the marriage proposal] is the other side, when it’s clear that the other [person] also has acknowledged…the extremely remote possibility of coherence that exists today…then it’s possible to address that other [person] now.”
This need for coherence, that people must accept the chaos that surrounds them in order to relate to each other, riddles the new album [The Future].
“But while one person hangs on to the notion that things are as they were before, that the landscape is intact, that the landmarks are still erect, that the lights are still shining, that the whole operation is business as usual — then there can’t really be any kind of declaration or proposal between people on either side of this divide.”
From Leonard Cohen: Pondering His Past and ‘The Future’ by Scott Crawford (Intermission, Stanford Daily: April 8, 1993). Photo of Leonard Cohen & Rebecca De Mornay taken in Berlin by Gerrit Terstiege (1993).
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 Oct 22, 2014 at DrHGuy.com.