Leonard Cohen On Songwriting As His “Assignment” & Why He Has To “Stay At The Post” (1992)

It [songwriting] is my assignment, I wish I had another assignment. I don’t like it particularly. But I’m not as occult and arcane about it as I used to be. At the least, I’m making my position more clearly felt than before. So I’ve got to stay at the post.


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From No Line Before Its Time It Takes Leonard Cohen A While To Find The Right Words – Five Years Of Writing And Revising For Some Of The Songs On His Latest Album by Tom Moon (Philadelphia Inquirer: Nov 26, 1992). Update: While the Philadelphia Inquirer article is no longer online, the pertinent portions of this piece can be found at Words Don’t Come Easy by Tom Moon (Chicago Tribune: Dec 6, 1992).

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 Aug 23, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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