Video Of 1980 Version Of “Do I Have To Dance All Night” By Leonard Cohen Tops 10,000 Views
“Do I Have To Dance All Night,” a wonderful song and a personal favorite of mine,1 was performed by Leonard Cohen many times in concerts during the 1976 and 1980 tours but was never released in the US. Consequently, contemporary audiences, even listeners who are fans of Leonard Cohen’s music, have too often been unaware of the existence of this music.
As part of my crusade to correct this tragedy and restore the cosmos to its equilibrium, I cobbled together two videos – one for the semi-funky 1976 version with Laura Branigan and one for the 1980 more gypsy, less disco version – that kinda sorta fit the music.
Today, I joyfully announce that, as of Dec 22, 2011
The video of the 1976
version of Do I Have To Dance All Night
has been viewed 39,907 times.
The video of the 1980 version
of Do I Have To Dance All Night
has been viewed 10,631 times.
These videos and the story behind them, including links to keys to the sources of the clips and the identities of the backup singers and others who are featured, are featured at
The complete story of “Do I Have To Dance All Night” is available at The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve Never Heard (Probably)
Credit Due Department: Cover art of Do I Have To Dance All Night singles contributed by Dominique BOILE. Image atop this post is a screenshot of Leonard Cohen performing at Coachella (2009) that is also included in the video of the 1976 version of Do I Have To Dance All Night.
- My perspective on the qualities of this song can be discerned from this description excerpted from The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve Never Heard (Probably):
Do I Have To Dance All Night is a great song because it is quintessential Cohen: it’s evocative, it’s plaintive, it’s self-effacing, it’s sly, sexy, salacious, and seductive, … it is way cool.
Of course, that’s just one guy’s opinion. Check out the lyrics and listen to the song yourself at the end of this post.
Be aware, however, that if you happen to be as infatuated with Do I Have To Dance All Night as I am, you may find yourself spontaneously singing, at the most unexpected times, the refrain of
Ooh tell me, Bird of Paradise,
do I have to dance all night?
This can be a wonderful thing if it happens, for example, while one is dancing and the words are sung just barely above a whisper through lips that are almost touching a sweetheart’s ear. If it takes place in the middle of ones presentation on shower curtain sales trends in the Midwest, not so much. [↩]