Cars Of Leonard Cohen: The (Non-lyrical) Limousines Wait In The Street

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were talking so brave and so sweet
Giving me head on the unmade bed
While the limousines wait in the street

Chelsea Hotel #2
By Leonard Cohen

Cars Of Leonard Cohen

Cars Of Leonard Cohen is a series of posts about actual automobiles owned by or associated with Leonard Cohen, metaphorical cars he employed in his songs, and his thoughts about cars. All posts in this series are collected at Cars Of Leonard Cohen as they go online.


People [Columbia Records] have been very kind. My phone calls are rapidly answered. Limousines receive me at the airport. There are flowers in my hotel. So I know something’s going on, and it’s quite agreeable.1


Leonard Cohen


And, another example from 1971:

Bob Johnston, friend, producer, and keyboards, and Ron Cornelius, guitar and moustache for the Army, wandered in to tell of the arrival of the limousines.2

And Leonard made Harvey Kubernik’s first limo ride a memorable one:3


This image atop this post and the animated gif below are from the documentary film, Songs From The Life Of Leonard Cohen (1988). The animation shows Leonard in the limo, sliding the window down to peer out at the poster for his own July 6, 1988 Carnegie Hall Concert.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Mar 20, 2018.


  1. Leonard Cohen at Home in 1992: Singer-Songwriter on Pop Success, New Love by David Browne (Rolling Stone: November 11, 2016) []
  2. Ladies and Gents, Leonard Cohen by Jack Hafferkamp (Rolling Stone: Feb 4, 1971) []
  3. Leonard Cohen: A Remarkable Life by Anthony Reynolds. (Omnibus Press: Oct 1, 2010) []

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