Video: Leonard Cohen’s Dramatic Performance Of First We Take Manhattan, Featuring Javier Mas – Berlin 2010

Then We Take Berlin

They sentenced me to 20 years of boredom
For trying to change the system from within
I’m coming now, I’m coming to reward them
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin


It’s one of those things that, ahem, Everybody Knows: when Leonard Cohen performs First We Take Manhattan in Berlin, the audience will resoundingly, exuberantly join in on “then we take Berlin.” That anticipation does not, however, lessen the impact. It’s a treat.


Featuring Javier Mas

Note: In answer to a number of queries, the instrument Dino Soldo plays at the first of the song is a AKAI Wind Controller.

Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan
Featuring Javier Mas
Berlin: August 18, 2010
Video by albertnoonan


I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Sep 23, 2018.

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