Three New Songs From The Leonard Cohen World Tour – "Feels So Good" AKA "The Other Blues Song"

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Three New Songs By Leonard Cohen1

Over the course of the Leonard Cohen World Tour, three new, unreleased songs were presented in concert, giving rise to speculation that they may be included on a forthcoming Leonard Cohen album:

  • “Lullaby”
  • “The Darkness”
  • “Feels So Good” (formerly known as “The Other Blues Song”)

Because the lyrics and arrangements of these songs have been subject to change, Heck Of A Guy has grouped the available recordings of each for the convenience of listeners interested in how they have evolved thus far.

Already published in this series are posts featuring   “Lullaby” and “The Darkness”

This post focuses on  “Feels So Good” (AKA “The Other Blues Song”).
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About That “Other Blues Song” Name

I can explain.

And, I will, albeit in another post. Stay tuned.

“Feels So Good” By Leonard Cohen

“Feels So Good” has been played in the following concerts:

  • Chicago – October 29, 2009
  • Asheville – November 1, 2009
  • Durham – November 3, 2009
  • Kansas City – November 9, 2009
  • Las Vegas – November 12, 2009
  • San Jose – November 13, 2009

Update 7/31/2010:  A significantly altered version of “Feels So Good” was performed by Leonard Cohen at the July 27, 2010 Salzburg concert.  The video of that performance and a MP3 version for downloading can be found at  Leonard Cohen Performs New Version Of “Feels So Good” At Salzburg Concert.

Update 8/8/2010: Lyrics from the version of “Feels So Good” performed at the July 31, 2010 Leonard Cohen Lissadell House, Sligo concert, the video of that performance, as well as a summary of all known transcriptions of the song’s lyrics (including those from this post) are posted at “Feels So Good” By Leonard Cohen – Updated Lyrics And Videos.

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

Video from albertnoonan

Leonard Cohen – Feels So Good (Asheville, 11/1/2009)

Video from dsotm07

Leonard Cohen – Feels So Good (Durham, 11/3/2009)

Video from dsotm07

Leonard Cohen – Feels So Good (Kansas City, 11/9/2009)

Video from bridgebud

Leonard Cohen – Feels So Good (Las Vegas, 11/12/2009)

Video from albertnoonan

Leonard Cohen – Feels So Good (San Jose, 11/13/2009)

Video from albertnoonan

“Feels So Good” By Leonard Cohen – Lyrics

Feels So Good – Durham (11/3/2009)
From  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.

Feels So Good – Las Vegas (11/12/2009)
From  sue7 at LeonardCohenForum

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 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.

Feels so good not to wonder who you’re with,
who you love, who you touch, who you kiss.
But I just, I guess, got lucky, I just never thought this ugly mood would lift,
I guess I just got lucky ’cause I never thought this ugly mood would lift.

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

Download “Feels So Good” MP3s

Update: A summary of all MP3 downloads available as of August 30, 2010 for 2010 performances of  the songs introduced during the Leonard Cohen World Tour, “Feels So Good,” “The Darkness,” “Lullaby,” and “Born In Chains,” can be found at Leonard Cohen’s “Born In Chains,” “Feels So Good” “Lullaby”, & “Darkness” – Downloads Updated.

Note: These MP3 files were converted from the videos shown in this post.

To download,

1. Right-click on the links corresponding with the song versions you prefer and then choose “Open link in new window” or “Open link in new tab” to open the download service pages in new windows or tabs (left clicking on the links may open the download service pages in this same window; in that case, click the “Back” arrow on your browser to return to this post):

2. On the download service pages that open, click on this image:

Then choose “Save File.”

3. Each file is downloaded as “Feels So Good – [venue name].mp3.”

4. The files  can be used in iPods and other MP3 players. The appropriate tags (title, artist, etc) and art should display automatically when the files are loaded into an MP3 program such as iTunes. The files can also be burned onto a CD.

Leonard Cohen Performs New Version Of “Feels So Good” At Salzburg Concert

  1. The title of this post, “Three New Songs From The Leonard Cohen World Tour,” is extrapolated from an amalgam of the names of two of Cohen’s albums, “Songs From A Room” and “Ten New Songs.” The graphic atop this post is rendered in the style of the latter album.

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