Leonard Cohen Talks About His Lyrics: “I have seen the future, brother, it is murder” + 2013 Lucca Performance Of The Future

‘I have seen the future, brother, it is murder!’ Well, you know that’s also a very common expression in English, like saying ‘I got stuck in traffic, it’s murder’ … or ‘I missed my plane, it’s murder…’ It can have a much lighter sense. But the difference between this expression and the description of something, I don’t know… the way I work is that when I’m talking in conversation I don’t have a lot of ideas, ideas about what’s going on, when you’re in the midst of your work, when you’re writing things, writing verse, your antennae are very sensitive and somehow you pick up things, answers which you don’t normally access in ordinary thought so my songs come out of that. That way of working. It’s something true and it rings true at the time when I’m writing it but I don’t feel that I have to defend all the ideas, all the nuances.1


Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen – The Future
Lucca: July 9, 2013
Video by robytex69

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 Apr 28, 2016.


  1. Interview With Leonard Cohen. France-Inter: October 6, 1997.Transcription of the radio program Synergie With Jean-Luc Esse And Leonard Cohen. Translated from French by Nick Halliwell, UK. Accessed at LeonardCohenFiles. []

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