Nashville, November 5, 2009 – Leonard Cohen Plays "Darkness" In Concert For First Time

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The Other Other Blues Song Debuts At Tennessee Performing Arts Center

“Darkness,” first captured on video three months ago during the Venice soundcheck,1 reappeared a few hours ago in its first official public presentation at the Leonard Cohen Nashville concert. (“The Other Blues Song,”2 featured in the last three Cohen concerts,3 was not played in Nashville.)

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Best of all, less than three hours after the completion of the concert, bridgebud had made an outstanding video of “Darkness” available on YouTube.

So, enjoy already.

Leonard Cohen – Darkness (Nashville TPAC, 11/5/2009)

“Darkness” Lyrics
From LadyLilley at LeonardCohenForum

I caught the darkness baby,
Drinking from your cup,
I caught the darkness baby,
from your little ruby cup.
I said is this contagious?
You said ‘just drink it up’

I’ve got no future,
I know my days are few
The present’s not that pleasant
just a lot of things to do
I thought the past would last me
but the darkness got there too

I should have seen it coming
it was right behind your eyes
you were young and it was summer
ahhh-I had to take a dive
yeah winning you was easy
but the darkness was the prize

I don’t use no cigerette
and I can’t taste the alcohol
I ain’t had much loving yet
ah but that’s always been your call
ever since the darkness
doesn’t make much sense to me at all

I used to love the rainbow
And I used to love the view
I loved the early morning
and I pretended it was new
but I caught the darkness baby
and I got it worse than you

caught the darkness
drinking from your cup
I caught the darkness
drinking from your cup
I said is this contagious?
you said ‘just drink it up’

  1. See 1st Video, New Leonard Cohen Song – The Darkness and Complete Version Of “The Darkness” – The New Leonard Cohen Song – Now Available []
  2. Neither blues song referenced in this post has an official name []
  3. See Leonard Cohen Plays Third Version Of “The Other Blues Song” At Durham Concert []

10 responses to “Nashville, November 5, 2009 – Leonard Cohen Plays "Darkness" In Concert For First Time

  1. wasn’t Venice ?

    anyway, out of the blue-darkness…

    ciao !

    • You are, of course, correct. It was Venice. I even pulled up the old post and still managed to come up with the wrong city. Thanks.

  2. Great post! Though I believe the darkness was first played in the soundcheck in Venice, not Vienna as the post states.

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  7. Naomi Siemens

    Venizia! Enchanted as always…

  8. I caught the King of Cool, baby… :)