Leonard Cohen On Biblical Associations In His Music

Q: Much of the imagery in your music has biblical associations. Is that intentional?


I’ve always regarded the Bible as a collection of stories we all know and it’s important to tap into a common reservoir. Our Bible was written during one of the great periods of the language, and most of the great orators of recent memory — Jesse Jackson or Martin Luther King Jr., for instance — are based in that tradition. That’s where the richness of our language resides.



Leonard Cohen


From Eight Hours To Harry, Kristine McKenna (KCRW: Oct 1988).

Credit Due Department: “This [the photo] is a first edition of the first King James version of the Bible. It was published in 1611 by Robert Barker, the King’s printer.” Photo and description by Earl McGehee

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 Jan 19, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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