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

[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.


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

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