“Yeah, I work hard but compared to what?” Leonard Cohen Puts The Labor Of Songwriting In Context

I ask him if he wishes the long and painful process of writing his songs would come more easily.


We’re talking in a world where guys go down into the mines, chewing coca and spending all day in backbreaking labour. We’re in a world where there’s famine and hunger and people are dodging bullets and having their nails pulled out in dungeons so it’s very hard for me to place any high value on the work that I do to write a song. Yeah, I work hard but compared to what?1



Leonard Cohen


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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 Apr 14, 2016.


  1. Leonard Cohen: ‘All I’ve got to put in a song is my own experience’ by Dorian Lynskey. (The Guardian: Jan 19, 2012) []

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