“Writing [Suzanne] was a sheer act of desperation – of a desperado” Leonard Cohen + 1970 Isle of Wight Performance

Had I not written ‘Suzanne’ presumably I would be broke and starving, as I was then. At thirty-two or thirty-four, whichever I was when I wrote it, I couldn’t pay my grocery bills, I couldn’t pay the rent, and I had a woman and child to support. Writing that song was a sheer act of desperation — of a desperado.


Leonard Cohen

From “Yakety Yak” by Scott Cohen (1994).


Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
Isle of Wight Festival: 1970
Video from LeonardCohenVEVO

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 2, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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