I was fed with the bread of freedom in its choosing
But I rebelled there and I knelt before the idols in my shame
But in the midst of all this wild confusion
I heard it spoken: Blessed is the name
The lyrics and stage presentations of Born In Chains underwent a number of changes after its first formal live performance in Salzburg (2010).1 Leonard’s opening lines at the 2010 Florence show (shown above) are unique to that concert.
Leonard Cohen – Born In Chains
Featuring Sharon Robinson & The Webb Sisters
Florence: September 1, 2010
Video by albertnoonan
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 28, 2018.
- Note: Leonard can be heard mumbling a fragment of Born In Chains in “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man,” the 2005 documentary written and directed by Lian Lunson. [↩]