“I’m Your Man” – Lana Del Rey References Leonard Cohen: Mariners Apartment Complex


Hans Kloss alerts us to “a beautiful new song – with Leonard Cohen references!”

The song is Mariners Apartment Complex and the singer is long time Cohen admirer, Lana Del Rey. This excerpt from “Mariners Apartment Complex” Is Lana Del Rey at Her Most Coolly Confident by Anna Gaca (Spin: September 12, 2018) covers the connection to Leonard’s I’m Your Man.

That’s the surface, then, but the rip current comes in half-whispered refrains of “I’m your man” and the shadow of another of Del Rey’s departed icons, Leonard Cohen. His much-celebrated “I’m Your Man” is a lust song that transcends desire: Cohen is a lover, he is a fighter, he is a supplicant, he is anything you want him to be in the moment, and he is that totally. Your man. “You’re lost at sea, then I’ll command your boat to me,” Del Rey sings, and there it is again: “I’m your man.” She asks your understanding (“They mistook my kindness for weakness”), your forgiveness (“I fucked up, I know that, but Jesus”), your grace (“Can’t a girl just do the best she can?”) and in return, she offers everything: her power as a cypher and her vulnerability as an individual, bottled up tight in the character of Lana Del Rey and cast into the waves.”

Update: Mariners Apartment Complex is a track on Del Rey’s sixth studio album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, released on August 30, 2019.

Elton John Bonus

You took my sadness out of context
At the Mariners Apartment Complex
I ain’t no candle in the wind

Ya gotta love a song that references both Elton John and Leonard Cohen

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 21, 2018.

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