Video & MP3 Download Of Leonard Cohen’s 1st Performance Of “La Manic” – Montreal Nov 29, 2012

Update: A higher quality video and MP3 download are now available at Improved Video & MP3: Leonard Cohen’s First Performance Of “La Manic”

First Performance Of “La Manic” By Leonard Cohen

Note: This rendition of “La Manic”  by Leonard Cohen is the 44th addition to the Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist, which offers the best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour (with the exception of “Show Me The Place,” for which no video has been made public). The entire listing can be found at the Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist.

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French (original) and English (translation) Lyrics

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La Manic: French

Si tu savais comme on s’ennuie à la Manic
Tu m’écrirais bien plus souvent à la Manicouagan
Parfois je pense à toi si fort
Je récrée ton âme et ton corps
Je te regarde et m’émerveille
Je me prolonge en toi
Comme le fleuve dans la mer
Et la fleur dans l’abeille

Que deviennent quand j’suis pas là mon bel amour
Ton front doux comme fine soie et tes yeux de velours
Te tournes-tu vers la côte nord
Pour voir un peu pour voir encore
Ma main qui te fait signe d’attendre
Soir et matin je tends les bras
Je te rejoins où que tu sois
Et je te garde

Dis-moi c’qui s’passe à Trois-Rivières et à Québec
Là où la vie a tant à faire et tout c’qu’on fait avec
Dis-moi c’qui s’passe à Montréal
Dans les rues sales et transversales
Où tu es toujours la plus belle
Car la laideur ne t’atteint pas
Toi que j’aimerai jusqu’au trépas
Mon éternelle

Nous autres on fait les fanfarons à coeur de jour
Mais on est tous de bons larrons cloués à leurs amours
Y’en a qui jouent de la guitare
D’autres qui jouent d’l’accordéon
Pour passer l’temps quand y’est trop long
Mais moi je joue de mes amours
Et je danse en disant ton nom
Tellement je t’aime

Si tu savais comme on s’ennuie à la Manic
Tu m’écrirais bien plus souvent à la Manicouagan
Si t’as pas grand chose à me dire
Écris cent fois les mots «Je t’aime»
Ça fera le plus beau des poèmes
Je le lirai cent fois
Cent fois cent fois c’est pas beaucoup
Pour ceux qui s’aiment

Si tu savais comme on s’ennuie
À la Manic
Tu m’écrirais bien plus souvent
À la Manicouagan

The Manic: English

If only you knew how long the time is at Manic
You’d write way more often, to the Manicouagan
Sometimes I think so hard about you
That I recreate your soul and your body
I look at you and I am filled with wonder
I throw myself into you
Just like the river into the sea
And the flower into the bee

My beautiful lover, what do your silken forehead
And your velvet eyes become, when I am not there
Do you turn towards the Côte-Nord
To see a little, to see some more
My hand signalling you to wait
At twilight and at dawn, I reach out
I meet you wherever you may be
And I keep you

Tell me what’s going on in Trois-Rivières and in Quebec City
Where there’s so much to do, and eveything we do with it
Tell me what’s going on in Montreal
In the dirty side streets
Where you’re always the more beautiful
Because ugliness can’t get to you
You, who I’ll love until I pass away
My eternal

We boast around all day long
But we’re all good guys faithful to their loves
Some play guitar
Others play accordion
To pass time, when the time is long
But me, I play of my love
And I dance, saying your name
Because I love you so much

If only you knew how long the time is at Manic
You’d write way more often, to the Manicouagan
If you don’t have much to tell me
Write the words ‘I love you’ a hundred times
It will be the most beautiful of poems
I’ll read it a hundred times
A hundred times, a hundred times are not a lot
For those who are in love

If only you knew how long the time is
At Manic
You’d write way more often
To the Manicouagan

MP3 Download Of Leonard Cohen Performing “La Manic”

An MP3 (the sort of file that should work in your iPod or MP3 player and can be burned to a CD) of Leonard Cohen singing “La Manic” by Georges Dor at the Nov 29, 2012 Montreal concert has been prepared from the video of that performance. The title (“La Manic”), artist (“Leonard Cohen”), album name (“Montreal: Nov 29, 2012”). and art (the graphic atop this post) have been embedded in the file as tags.

Download the file at

Download: Leonard Cohen – La Manic

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Click ONLY on the box’s green bar labeled “Download.” Do not click on other items labeled “Download” on the same page – they are links to other software.

Save the MP3 to a location on your computer. Play. Enjoy. Repeat.

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Other Old Ideas Tour MP3 Downloads

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3 Responses to Video & MP3 Download Of Leonard Cohen’s 1st Performance Of “La Manic” – Montreal Nov 29, 2012

  1. he read it in Feb. 2006 (Governor-General’s Awards ceremony) — so is it truly a first? (“Don’t dont don’t dont believe the hype” ~ Public Enemy)

  2. cent fois ? cent fois, c’est pas beaucoup pour ceux qui s’aiment

  3. Naomi Bushwoman

    So looking forward to being in Canada (where I discovered you Leonard) and reveling in your songs. See you on the 4th!