Hear Leonard Cohen Sing About “Tea & Oranges That Come All The Way From Communist China”

Leonard Cohen was a featured attraction at the September 7, 1974 Parc de la Courneuve, Paris concert that was part of that year’s Fête de l’Humanité organized by Parti communiste français (French Communist Party). On that occasion, the Canadian singer-songwriter adapted the lyrics of Suzanne to

And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from communist China.

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne (opening excerpt only)
Parc de la Courneuve, Paris: September 7, 1974


For more about Leonard Cohen’s derivation of tea and oranges that come all the way from China, see And She Feeds You Constant Comment: Leonard Cohen Transforms Commonplace Drink Into Suzanne’s Sacramental “Tea And Oranges”.

Also see Video: Leonard Cohen’s Only Performance Of “Beloved Comrade”At Fête de l’Humanité Show – Paris 1974.


Credit Due Department: Photo by Pete Purnell

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 11, 2018.

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