“Feels So Good” By Leonard Cohen – Updated Lyrics And Videos

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Feels So Good – In So Many Different Ways

Since the debut of “Feels So Good” at the October 29, 2009 Leonard Cohen Chicago Rosemont Concert, the lyrics of this song have shifted several times as Cohen has played it with some regularity in the ensuing shows.1

The November 25, 2009 Heck Of A Guy post, Three New Songs From The Leonard Cohen World Tour – “Feels So Good” AKA “The Other Blues Song”, documented the lyrics and videos of the song as they existed at that point (that earlier post also provides the listing of the concerts in which the song was played during the Fall 2009 US Tour and a brief exposition of the genesis of its alias, “The Other Blues Song”).

Now, sue7, Hartmut, and astranger offer a consensus-driven construct of the lyrics of “Feels So Good” as it was performed by Leonard Cohen at the July 31, 2010 Lissadell House, Sligo concert. The transcription effort is documented in the LeonardCohenForum thread Lyrics for “Feels So Good,” as far as I can make them out.

Lyrics: “Feels So Good” By Leonard Cohen

As performed at the July 31, 2010 Leonard Cohen Lissadell House, Sligo concert:

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 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.

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
Ah, they’re selling freedom everywhere, it’s flying off the shelf,
Yeah, they’re selling freedom everywhere but love, that’s something else.

Ah you drift into my dreams as if you had the right
And you show me how you broke me doing all the little things I really like
But I let it all go by just so long as you and I don’t have to fight
Yeah, I let it all go by just so long as you and I don’t have to fight.

Well I don’t know about tomorrow but I know what’s coming next
I’ve used up all my questions, I don’t have no answers left
In a while I won’t remember what I promised you I never would forget
In a while I won’t remember what I promised you I never would forget

Feels so good not to wonder who you’ll get
Who you love, who you touch and who you kiss
Oh baby, who’d ever guess that there’s a side of loneliness as sweet as this
Would you ever guess that there’s a side of loneliness as sweet as this

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 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.

Leonard Cohen – Feels So Good (Lissadell House, Sligo 7/31/2010)

Video from messalina79

Previous Versions Of “Feels So Good”

As noted in an earlier post, the version of “Feels So Good” sung by Leonard Cohen at the Salzburg Concert has different wording from any other iteration.  A complete set of transcribed lyrics is not available but lines unique to Salzburg, including

I had to wait
But I got to see you smiling back at me
It’s like they took me out of Rehab,
And fixed me up and said “The last one’s free.”

can be heard in the video below.

YouTube – Leonard Cohen – Feels So Good (Salzburg 7/27/2010)

Video from a1000kissesdeep

Feels So Good – Chicago (10/29/2009)
From  moubird at LeonardCohenForum

Feels so good baby
not to love you like I did.
Feels so good
not to love you like I did.
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.

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

Feels so good baby
to see you smiling back at me.
It’s so good baby
not to be each other’s VIP.
It’s like they tore away my blindfold and they said we’re gonna let this man go free.
It’s like they tore away my blindfold and they said we’re gonna let this man go free.

Feels so good
not to love you like I did.
Feels so good
I don’t know why but it just did.
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.

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

Video from albertnoonan

Feels So Good – Asheville NC (11/1/2009)
From  moubird at LeonardCohenForum

Feels so good baby
not to love you like I did.
Feels so good baby
not to love you like I did.
It’s like they took away my blindfold and they said we’re gonna let the prisoner live.
It’s like they took away my 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 it feels like it belongs to someone else.
I’ve got the same old broken heart but now it feels like it belongs to someone else.

I miss you, baby,
but its nothin’ like it was.
It’s just a little stroll now,
on the other side of love.
I see you waving in the distance, aahh, aahh, but you’re close enough.
I see you waving in the distance, but the distance is close enough.

Feels so good baby
not to love you like I did.
I don’t know why,
aahh but it just did.
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.

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

Video from dsotm07


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,
and 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.

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

Video from dsotm07

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.

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

Video from albertnoonan

“Feels So Good” MP3 Files

Update: A summary of all MP3 downloads available as of August 30, 2010 for 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.

MP3 files of “Feels So Good” created from videos of performances during the Fall 2010 US Tour can be found at Three New Songs From The Leonard Cohen World Tour – “Feels So Good” AKA “The Other Blues Song”

A MP3 file of “Feels So Good” created from the video of the Salzburg Concert performance can be found at Leonard Cohen Performs New Version Of “Feels So Good” At Salzburg Concert,

To download a MP3 of “Feels So Good” created from the video of the July 31, 2010 Lissadell House, Sligo Concert performance,

1. Right-click on the following link 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): Feels So Good – Lissadell House

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

Then choose “Save File.”

3. The file is downloaded as “Feels So Good (Lissadell House).mp3″

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

  1. In a case of industrial strength serendipity, the set of lyrics favored by anyone who has heard “Feels So Good” played live tends to be exactly  the same version that individual heard in concert. Go figure. This statistical fluke becomes all the more amazing with the recognition that the original iteration performed at the Chicago Rosemont Concert. I know that assessment is correct – I attended that show. []

7 responses to ““Feels So Good” By Leonard Cohen – Updated Lyrics And Videos

  1. Is that really Leonard singing “Kevin Barry” on the Other Album? Wow, if it is.

      • Wow, again. When was that recorded?

        • The dates and venue of each performance captured on video are given in the parentheses portion of the title above each video. The MP3 download at the end of the post was created from the video of the July 31, 2010 Lissadell House, Sligo Concert performance,

          • Just saw that now, silly me! I can’t believe he sang Kevin Barry… Now that would have been a fitting end to the Lissadell concert.

          • In case you’re interested, the known performances of “Kevin Barry” by Leonard Cohen follow:

            1-Dublin, Ireland, 1972/03/18
            2-København, Danmark, 1972/04/04
            3-Frankfurt, Deutschland, 1972/04/06
            4-Wien, Österreich, 1972/04/10
            5-München, Deutschland, 1972/04/11
            6-Amsterdam, Nederland, 1972/04/15

            Source: Rare Live Songs

  2. Thanks! I appreciate the info.