Q: What are you trying to achieve in your songs? Leonard Cohen: “This is the song you make because it’s the only one you can make, this is the one that is yours”

What are you trying to achieve in your songs; what is your ambition?

 

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To create a vapor and a mist, to make oneself attractive, to master it, to keep busy and avoid the poolroom and try to get good at what you’re doing. Really, it’s all an alibi for something nobody’s ever been able to talk about. Mostly my idea of a song is, when you feel like singing and this is your song. It’s not what songs should be, not choosing; this is the song you make because it’s the only one you can make, this is the one that is yours. The fact is that you feel like singing, and this is the song that you know.

 

 

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen: The Romantic in a Ragpicker’s Trade by Paul Williams (Crawdaddy, March 1975).

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 October 16, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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