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Leonard Cohen : Chelsea Hotel #2 ( Live 1985)

19 Nov

I want to share one of my favorite songs Chelsea Hotel #2 by Leonard Cohen. This is a 1985 live performance at Warsaw, Poland. I like this rendition. This song is dedicated to the great singer Janis Joplin. I used to listen to a Janis song ” Mercedez Benz” which went like ” Oh lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz. My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends. Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends. So oh lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz…” πŸ™‚ I guess will upload the song too.

Chelsea Hotel #2

I remember you
well in the Chelsea Hotel,
you were talking so brave and so sweet,
giving me head on the unmade bed,
while the limousines wait in the street.
Those were the reasons and that was New York,
we were running for the money and the flesh.
And that was called love for the workers in song
probably still is for those of them left.

Ah but you got away, didn’t you babe,
you just turned your back on the crowd,
you got away, I never once heard you say,
I need you, I don’t need you,
I need you, I don’t need you
and all of that jiving around.

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
you were famous, your heart was a legend.
You told me again you preferred handsome men
but for me you would make an exception.
And clenching your fist for the ones like us
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty,
you fixed yourself, you said, “Well never mind,
we are ugly but we have the music.”

Ah but you got away, didn’t you babe,
you just turned your back on the crowd,
you got away, I never once heard you say,
I need you, I don’t need you,
I need you, I don’t need you
and all of that jiving around.

I don’t mean to suggest that I loved you the best,
I can’t keep track of each fallen robin.
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
that’s all, I don’t even think of you that often.

I love this song and there is also a lovely version by Rufus Wainwright. ( Not sure if have posted, if not another post guess).

This is a more recent version at Royal Albert Hall

Leonard Cohen is a brilliant writer, please see this ” I never once heard you say,
I need you, I don’t need you, I need you, I don’t need you and all of that jiving around..” πŸ™‚ I post this for all of you and my friend ” You told me again you preferred handsome men
but for me you would make an exception. ” I hope you make me an exception πŸ™‚

Good night friends! Remember God is touring and may be you should catch a concert. Have a nice day !Thank you!

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