Video: Leonard Cohen Recites On Sighting The Perfect Ass & Other Poems – Glasgow 1976

The 1976 Leonard Cohen Glasgow Poetry Reading

True to his 1976 concert posters proclaiming him the “Poet Of Rock Music,” Leonard Cohen not only sang but also routinely read his own poetry at these shows early in his career as a singer-songwriter. At the May 15, 1976 concert at the Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland, the pertinent selections, according to the set list from LeonardCohenLive, were

11. I did not know until you walked away… ( poem )
12. Come down to my room… ( poem )
13. A person who eats meat ( poem )
14. Valentina gave me four months… ( poem )
15. I know there is no such thing as hell or heaven… ( poem )
16. the 15-year old girls… ( poem )
17. The Music Crept by Us ( poem )
18. It’s Good to Sit with People… ( poem )

LeonardCohenLive [Update: No longer online] also notes that these are “the only known renditions of the poems Valentina gave me four months… and I know there is no such thing as hell or heaven… both from “The Energy of Slaves.”

It’s in #11, BTW, that Cohen declares “It was only when you walked away I saw you had the perfect ass. Forgive me for not falling in love with your face or your conversation.”

Leonard Cohen On Sighting The Perfect Ass & Other Poems
Video by Allan Showalter

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 Dec 27, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com.

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