“It’s a religious song, just about our strangerhood on the Earth & how it’s resolved” Leonard Cohen On The Guests + 1979 Performance

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Its sensibility is sponsored by the poems of Rumi and Attar, who are Persian poets of the 12th and 13th centuries. I guess it’s a religious song, just about our strangerhood on the Earth and how it’s resolved. ‘One by one, the guests arrive/Guests are coming through/The openhearted many/The brokenhearted few.’ [The guests ask] ‘Where is God? Where is truth? Where is life?’

 

Leonard Cohen

 

A great video of a great rendition of The Guests is Leonard’s 1979 performance on French TV.

 

 

The featured quotation is from Leonard Cohen: Remembering the Life and Legacy of the Poet of Brokenness by Mikal Gilmore (Rolling Stone: 30 November 2016).

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 Dec 5, 2016.

One thought on ““It’s a religious song, just about our strangerhood on the Earth & how it’s resolved” Leonard Cohen On The Guests + 1979 Performance

  1. Jeg har fulgt Leonard Cohen fra 1970 , og han har gitt meg så mye , stemmen hans er nydelig, og sangene har et innhold som betyr mye for meg. Jeg spiller hans musikk hver eneste kveld fra nattbordet. Det gir meg ro innvendig. He is my MAN.

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