“The Traitor” – Leonard Cohen’s Revelation About Its Meaning + 1975 Performance

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[The Traitor is about] failing or betraying some mission you were mandated to fulfill and being unable to fulfill it and then coming to understand that the real mandate was not to fulfill it but to stand guiltless in the predicament in which you found yourself.1

 

 

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen – The Traitor
Bryn Mawr, PA: Nov 23, 1975
Video from messalina79

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 Mar 20, 2017.

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  1. From Lian Lunson’s documentary, “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man.” []

One thought on ““The Traitor” – Leonard Cohen’s Revelation About Its Meaning + 1975 Performance

  1. HI Alan,
    Thank you so much for posting the link to the 1975 live recording! Do you know where we might find the lyrics to this “alternative version”? (different from what’s on Recent Songs, anyways.) I’m having difficulty making them out and I’m very curious. Many thanks, as ever. Alison

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