“Then we take Berlin, Leonard Cohen” Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen: Marching Band By Movits!

is a series featuring tunes alluding to Leonard Cohen. While the songs already posted in this category have been about Leonard Cohen or have been based on one of his songs (e.g., The Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song By Jeffrey Lewis), today’s entry qualifies by devoting one line to name-checking the Canadian singer-songwriter and one of classics:

Then we take Berlin, Leonard Cohen1

Yep, the sole rationale posting this video in series is that one line of the (mostly) Swedish lyrics of “Marching Band” (the first section of the original lyrics and the Google English translation are available at the end of this entry) by Movits!2 references Leonard Cohen. And that I find the entire song oddly delightful.

The Leonard Cohen shout-out takes place about 0:20.



Original Lyrics (bolding mine):

Ta dig från Luleå till Mississippi
Johnny Hurt, Kentucky whiskey
Nån stans i en husbil utanför Philly

Får väl köra i streck till imorgon bitti
Frågar vart vi kommer ifrån, excuse me?
Say, where you guys from? Sapmi
Ôr det kanske nåt som du känner till?
Ingvar Kamprad eller surströmming
Sen tar vi Berlin, Leonard Cohen
Började ganska sent i tonåren
Sånger från rummet på andra våningen
Ut ur min skalle
Kan inte sova på flera månader, nej, men sömnlös i
Ã.tminstone alldeles för många dygn
Har klivit upp alldeles för tidigt
Med spänningshuvudvärk [unverified]
Har sålt slut biljetter

Google Translate (bolding mine):

Take from Luleå to Mississippi
Johnny Hurt, Kentucky whiskey
Someone somewhere in a camper outside Philly

May well run in the dash to tomorrow morning
Asks where we come from, excuse me?
Say, where you guys from? Sapmi
A “is perhaps something that you know of?
Ingvar Kamprad, or fermented herring
Then we take Berlin, Leonard Cohen
Began quite late in adolescence
Songs from the room on the second floor
out of my head
Can not sleep for several months, no, but sleepless in
Ã.tminstone too many days
Has stepped up too early
With tension headaches [unverified]
Has sold out tickets

Credit Due Department: Photo by Ann Larie Valentine – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikipedia

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 Sep 14, 2017.


  1. via online translation []
  2. Movits! is a Swedish music group from Luleå that plays swing mixed with hip hop. []

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