Come on, baby, give me a kiss
Stop writing everything down
From Different Sides
By Leonard Cohen
The notebook shown above, part of the official Leonard Cohen merchandise on sale at the Ghent concerts last week [at time of original posting: Aug 21, 2012], is emblazoned with the simultaneously funny and gasp-provoking line from Cohen’s song “Different Sides, “Stop writing everything down.”
I think I can best explain that description by transcribing my chain of thought the first time I heard “Come on, baby, give me a kiss/Stop writing everything down:”
Leonard, you old fox. Yeah, tell her to stop with the writing and start with the smooching. [chortle, smirk]
Hey, wait a minute – who’s Leonard talking to? [gasp]
That’s right, the inscription on this notebook memento is Leonard Cohen the man telling Leonard Cohen the artist to stop writing everything down in the last lines (other than the chorus) of the last song of the last Leonard Cohen album (so far) – lines that could also fit into a debate between lovers with incongruent life perspectives.
Like I said, it’s a great Leonard Cohen lyric and a pretty good, if heavy-handedly ironic, notebook title.
Credit Due Department: Thanks to Mandy MacLeod, who purchased this notebook and was good enough to send in a photo of it.
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 Aug 21, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.