Leonard Cohen Video Of The Day: Dance Me To The End Of Love & Interview – Australian TV 1985

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Leonard Cohen Sings, Explains Origins Of Dance Me To The End Of Love

This video offers not only an outstanding performance of Dance Me To The End Of Love but also a six minute interview, which, thanks to the host’s miscues, offers key explanations of the origins of  Dance Me To The End Of Love and the distinction between Suzanne who  feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China and Suzanne who is the mother of Leonard Cohen’s children.

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Mike Walsh (host), Leonard Cohen

Cohen1 sets off laughter as he deadpans his way through corrections.

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In response to the host observing that the film clip (from Dominique Issermann’s Dance Me To The End Of Love video) was shot in a “mental hospital,” Cohen points out

No, it was just an ordinary hospital where people get sick and die

And when Mr Walsh notes that Cohen “attracts” emotions like moroseness and sadness, the Canadian singer-songwriter opines

That’s what they say … My friends think I’m a barrel of laughs.

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The screenshots, including views of Mitch Watkins, who played in the 2012 Tour, and Anjani Thomas, who has her own album due out in spring, are a  wonderful bonus.

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Anjani Thomas (keyboards, vocals), Mitch Watkins (guitar, keyboards, vocals)

Leonard Cohen –  Dance Me To The End Of Love
Mike Walsh Show – Australian TV: 20 May 1985
Video uploaded by a1000kissesdeep

  1. Note that Mr Cohen sports slicked back hair, a dark suit, plaid shirt, and cowboy boots.  Do not try this at home unless you, like Leonard Cohen, are a professional dapper dresser. []

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