Not The Same Old Song
The Leonard Cohen Chicago concert last night was another great performance in the chain of successes that has characterized the World Tour.
Oh, and Leonard Cohen playing “that other blues song”1 of his for the first time in concert was nice too.
“The other blues song” was the designation Cohen used in the afternoon soundcheck to refer to the number he later slipped into the concert set list without introduction or explanation. A member of Cohen’s crew confirmed that it was the first official public performance of the song that has been rehearsed in the past few soundchecks.
My faulty memory has the first line as “I feel so good now, baby, that I don’t love you like I did.” However paraphrased that may be, the sentiment expressed does encompass the song’s theme. The song also uses the image of the singer having a blindfold being taken off and hearing the words, “let this prisoner live” and (in another verse) “let this prisoner free.” In another line, the singer declares that it’s like having a broken heart that belongs to someone else.
While hardly the sort of blues one associates with Chicago, “The Other Blues Song” is exquisite, and, along with “The Darkness,” may (or may not) mark a transition back from Leonard Cohen writing songs on keyboards mode to Leonard Cohen writing songs on guitar mode.
The bad news is that my recall of the lyrics is obviously horrid; the good news is that Al Noonan, Cohen concert videographer extraordinaire, was in the audience last night and has informed me he captured the new song on video. When that video is uploaded, it will be featured in a future Heck Of A Guy post.
More coverage of and photos from the Leonard Cohen Chicago Concert will follow.
Update: “The Other Blues Song” can now be viewed at Must-see Video Of New Leonard Cohen Song From Chicago Concert Now Online