Leonard Cohen, On Being Asked, Weeks Before His Death, About The 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks: “I said goodbye to something that I didn’t want to lose” + 1976 Performance Of Lover, Lover, Lover

The titular quote is from the original questionnaire (in English) for Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016) forwarded to me on Oct 16, 2016 by Leonard Cohen.

 

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Lover, Lover, Lover, A Song Born Of Conflict – Paris 1976

 

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‘Lover, Lover, Lover’ was born over there; the whole world has its eyes riveted on this tragic and complex conflict. Then again, I am faithful to certain ideas, inevitably. I hope that those of which I am in favour will gain.1

 

Leonard Cohen

 

These words by Leonard Cohen reference the 1973 Yom Kippur War but they are relevant to the Nov 13, 2015 Paris terror attacks as well.

Leonard Cohen – Lover Lover Lover
Backup Singers: Laura Branigan & Cheryl Barnes
Le Grand Echiquier on French TV: May 27, 19762

 

Update: Dominique BOILE writes

Nov 13, 2017 was the two year anniversary of the Paris terrorist attacks that left 130 dead, including 90 at Bataclan, the famous concert hall, during the Eagles of Death Metal concert. In commemoration, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by the former President of the Republic, François Hollande, paid tribute to the victims. On video number 4, we can see a pianist performing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an audience including the two Presidents.

 

Photo of Leonard Cohen at his final Paris Concert – June 18, 2013 by Mhln

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 Nov 14, 2017.
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  1. “I’m Just A Minor Poet” By Gilles Medioni. L’Express, France, October 4, 2001. Found at Leonard Cohen French Web Site. []
  2. Le Grand Echiquier was a live tribute program presented by Jacques Chancel and dedicated to Charles Aznavour, featuring Bird on The Wire, Lover Lover Lover, and Suzanne. Source: Diamonds in the Mine []

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