“When you get married… you begin to realize that there is no kind of comfort or compensation for inner loneliness; not in marriage, not in friendships, not in money – nowhere.” Leonard Cohen

I have always interpreted your songs in a pained expressions of loneliness. Do you still feel this kind of pain even though you have found consolation and warmth in Suzanne and your children?

 

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I think marriage can also create real loneliness. When you get married and live with your wife, you begin to realize that there is no kind of comfort or compensation for inner loneliness; not in marriage, not in friendships, not in money – nowhere. You can look for comfort only on your own and for yourself, and only then will you realize what your real turmoil is. And once you have gone through all this, it should comfort you and make you less lonely and depressed. But then you realize that the same feeling is still there – there is no escape from loneliness, except in yourself. You can cling to each other and get a lot of strength and comfort, but it will not release you from the pain forever.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

From ”En tunne vanhenevani lainkaan” – Leonard Cohen Soundissa 1976: The 2016 reprint of a June 1976 Leonard Cohen interview by Dougie Gordon. (Soundi: Nov 11, 2016). Via computer translation.

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 23, 2018.

2 thoughts on ““When you get married… you begin to realize that there is no kind of comfort or compensation for inner loneliness; not in marriage, not in friendships, not in money – nowhere.” Leonard Cohen

  1. LEONARD SPEAKS, I think that’s a title for this Blog.
    He certainly has the way to an Irish heart. I know he was welcomed in Ireland so many times.
    The Irish too know pain and their souls are singing … just as Leonard is forever.

  2. All my work as a Photographer has been a reaction, not only to the subject matter in front of my Camera, also to Leonard’s songs that came to me thru headphones, on my world travels …. I will be eternally grateful to him for that x

    Leonard in the Bathroom,
    Leonard at the Beach, Listening to a speech,
    Leonard in my head, always out of reach.

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