Leonard Cohen and Anjani – If It Be Your Will

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If It Be Your Will – 1985

One of the Leonard Cohen videos that has only recently been uploaded is “If It Be Your Will,” performed by the 1985 versions of Cohen and Anjani Thomas at his Warsaw Concert. The color on the video is a bit askew but the song is a treat.

Also notable is the introduction, in which Leonard Cohen refers to the then-contemporary political conflict in Poland, observing that “there is a moment when you have to transcend the side we’re on.”

Leonard Cohen And Anjani Thomas – If It Be Your Will (Warsaw 1985)

Bonus: If It Be Your Will – 2008

A standard number on the set lists of the concerts on the 2008-2009 Leonard Cohen World Tour has been Cohen introducing “If It Be Your Will” and reciting the poem’s lines, after which the Webb Sisters sing the song. This has become a minor controversy with some audience members expressing disappointment that Cohen himself does none of the singing while others applaud the Webb Sisters’ performance.

Leonard Cohen And Webb Sisters – If It Be Your Will (RAH 11/17/2008)

Video from MaartenLC

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