Leonard Cohen Plays Third Version Of "The Other Blues Song" At Durham Concert

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New Song Rendered New Again – Leonard Cohen Reworks “Feels So Good” For November 3, 2009 Durham Show

The new Leonard Cohen song first presented at the Chicago Rosemont Theatre concert October 29, 2009 and adapted at the Asheville, NC show on November 1, 2009 was featured last night in Durham, NC in its third distinctly different incarnation.

“The Other Blues Song” has not only been a hit at the three concerts and among hard core Cohen fans but has also received a respectable amount of attention on general music sites.  In addition, it has triggered, in my random reviews of comments on those blogs as well as email sent to Heck Of A Guy,  a surprising number of declarations from viewers that the song particularly resonates  with recent events in their own lives.

There are, it seems, a lot of folks feeling like they tore away my blindfold and they said we’re gonna let this prisoner live.

And, Leonard Cohen is proving to be precisely the right man to write that blues song.

Three Versions Of The Other Blues Song (Feels So Good)

To make comparisons easier, I’ve embedded players for the three current versions of “The Other Blues Song” – or, as I’ve now come to think of it, “Those Other Blues Songs

Leonard Cohen – The Other Blues Song – Feels So Good (Durham, 11/3/2009)

Video from dsotm07

Leonard Cohen – The Other Blues Song – Feels So Good (Rosemont Theatre, Chicago, 10/29/2009)

Video from albertnoonan

Leonard Cohen – The Other Blues Song – Feels So Good (Asheville NC, 11/1/2009)

Video from dsotm07

Lyrics

From the November 3, 2009 Durham, NC performance as transcribed by moubird at LeonardCohenForum

Well it feels so good
not to love you like I did.
Feels so good
not to love you like I did.
It’s like they tore away the blindfold and they said we’re gonna let this prisoner live.
It’s like they tore away the blindfold and they said we’re gonna let this prisoner live.

Feels so good
just to wake up in the morning by myself.
Cup of coffee in the kitchen, fire up a little danger to my health.
I got the same old broken heart but now it feels like it belongs to someone else.
I got the same old broken heart but now it feels like it belongs to someone else.

Ah but you visit me,
summon(?) me to the kingdoms(?) of the night.
And I show you how you broke me
doing every single thing that I like.
And I beg you not to leave me
and I try to go on sleeping, but the room’s too bright.
And I beg you not to leave me
and I try to go on sleeping, but the moon’s too bright.

Yeah it feels so good
not to love you like I did.
I don’t know why
ah, but it just did.
It’s like they tore away my blindfold and they said we’re gonna let this man live.
It’s like they tore away my blindfold and they said we’re gonna let this man live.

5 Responses to Leonard Cohen Plays Third Version Of "The Other Blues Song" At Durham Concert

  1. I was so taken by this song in Chicago that I left a note to myself during intermission to research it and completely forgot! Thanks so much for contacting me and sharing these videos. I love best the Durham version as it featured the Hammond B3 more often.

  2. Katja Bienert

    expected something more heroic
    after all that longing and desire
    an overdose of Zen took away the beloved sarcasm.
    Love should always shine through
    What else is left?

  3. There’s a fourth version now, from Las Vegas, November 12, with a new arrangement (including guitar solo from Bob Metzger), and a new verse. The video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGQ1vqrto7I .
    (But you no doubt have already seen it.)
    And who knows what is unfolding in San Jose tonight?
    Thanks for a great, very enjoyable blog!

  4. Yeah he did sing it in San Jose. Unfortunately don’t have the video; wonder if he changed the lyrics at all.