Leonard Cohen Forgetting Is Unforgettable – Highlights From Wiesbaden And St Margarethen im Burgenland Concerts

Marianne – You make me forget so very much

One line into  “So Long, Marianne,” Leonard Cohen blanks on the lyrics, uttering the classic “What the … .” He turns to Roscoe Beck (on bass) who whispers the words to him, but Cohen still doesn’t go on.  With a smile on his face, he walks back to Beck, who sings the first lines to him. Cohen opts to omit the first verse, going directly into the chorus with the audience joyously joining in.  He and the crowd seem equally taken by the words of the next verse:1

Well you know that I love to live with you,
but you make me forget so very much.
I forget to pray for the angels
and then the angels forget to pray for us. [emphasis mine]

Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne (Wiesbaden 9/3/2010)

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Chelsea Hotel #2 – The Deliberate, Very Slow Tempo Version

Leonard Cohen Chelsea Hotel #2 (St Margarethen-Burgenland 9/5/10)

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Shades Of Leonard Cohen

First, note that it is dark and that Leonard Cohen is wearing sunglasses. (He plays the one-handed instrumental solo – as he has on “Tower Of Song” since the Leonard Cohen Word Tour opened – and the crowd loudly cheers his effort – as it has on “Tower Of Song” since the Leonard Cohen Word Tour opened.  And, again as usual, Leonard Cohen thanks the audience.  In this case, however, he pauses, lifts the glasses, and deadpans “Was that supposed to make me feel bad?”

Leonard Cohen – Tower Of Song (Wiesbaden 9/3/2010)

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Fireworks Following Leonard Cohen Concert (Wiesbaden 9/3/2010)

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Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen with sunglasses by Michael Schick

  1. This isn’t the first memory lapse for Cohen.  In a 1969 Leonard Cohen performance in Germany, he forgot the lines to “Suzanne”  and substituted an improvisation, “I’m The Man Who Wrote Suzanne.” []

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