“I love to see you naked over there especially from the back” Leonard Cohen On Nakedness: Take This Longing

Introduction: This is an entry in the Leonard Cohen On Nakedness series. The origin of this investigation of Leonard Cohen’s thoughts on nakedness and his employment of “naked” and its equivalents in his songs, poems, art, and novels can be found at “I love to see you naked” Leonard Cohen On Nakedness. All posts in this series can be found at .

Several of Leonard Cohen’s lyrics do indeed include the word, “naked.” “Take This Longing” is today’s choice, largely because of the specificity offered in the fifth verse:

Hungry as an archway
through which the troops have passed,
I stand in ruins behind you,
with your winter clothes, your broken sandal straps.
I love to see you naked over there
especially from the back.
[emphasis mine]

Leonard Cohen – Take This Longing

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Bonus – The Preferred Perspective In “Take This Longing”

Cohen’s interest in this viewpoint

I love to see you naked over there
especially from the back.

also finds expression elsewhere. Consider this poem from Energy Of Slaves:

I did not know
until you walked away
you had the perfect ass
Forgive me
for not falling in love
with your face or your conversation

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 Feb 13, 2011.

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