Suzanne Elrod (Mother Of Adam & Lorca Cohen) On Leonard Cohen: “Our relationship was like a spider web. Very complicated.”

The couple [Leonard Cohen & Suzanne Elrod] moved to a cabin in the Tennessee backwoods.


We admired the wild peacocks, listened to the stream in the morning, watched the sunset in the evening. I was devoted to him. As long as someone like him was in the universe, it was okay for me to be here. I was walking on tiptoe—anything for the poet. Our relationship was like a spider web. Very complicated.



Suzanne Elrod


From The Face May Not Be Familiar, but the Name Should Be: It’s Composer and Cult Hero Leonard Cohen by Pamela Andriotakis & Richard Oulahan. People: January 14, 1980.

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