Leonard Cohen ~ Suzannne

Cohen signed away the rights to this song without realizing. He says he never made a cent. Details about this song and how he wrote it are on a link at end. Also a version by Nina Simone


Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she’s half crazy
But that’s why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you’ve always been her lover
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind.
And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said “All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them”
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you’ll trust him
For he’s touched your perfect body with his mind.
Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind.

“Suzanne” by Leonard Cohen

get the info
press bird for details about the song

http://wp.me/p30Xos-22z      press link for more on Suzanne and Cohen

Nina Simone sings Suzanne 1969

14 thoughts on “Leonard Cohen ~ Suzannne

    1. Thank you so much Mike for the link to the transcription. I have not seen it before, just bits and pieces in quotes about Suzanne being someone else’s wife! Hearing about what is behind the lines can get a bit risky with poetry but this information filling in info on Suzanne doesn’t seem to take anything away from the poetry. ….. which is pretty miraculous! It still sounds plaintive and sad! Its fascinating to see the photo of her……. perhaps in salvation army counter refashioned garments! I will try and find the audio. Thanks so much for this

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  1. Leonard Cohen … brillent songwriter. And there are some wonderful versions of his songs (and quite a few bad cover versions as well.) Judy Collins does a nice version of this song. It’s an interesting contrast to the Nina Simone version — Collins with her high soprano, and Simone with her deep contralto.


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