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Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:28 pm
by JudasPriest
Lyrics that are served with majesty and land with emotional punch.

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:39 pm
by JudasPriest
Being a Dylan nut, I've been humming it to the melody of Mississippi - kind of reminds me of that track in ways I can't really explain. There's an emotional resonance to the fluidity of the language although hat's off Leonard, your writing here is even richer.

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:47 pm
by cohenadmirer
Great poem , perhaps a great song too !

In an interview with Rolling Stone around the time of Popular Problems, he explained how he knows when a song is working. "You can pretty well tell," Cohen said. "We play it for select people, like my daughter – there's a few people who aren't afraid to tell you that it isn't working. We had another song on the album, which was called 'Happens to the Heart,' which will be on the next album. It's a very good lyric, a very good tune, but we didn't nail it. So we didn't put each other on about it – not for more than a week or two."

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:48 pm
by JudasPriest
The only problem with serving us up this gem now is that if any of the lyrics from the tracks on You Want it Darker don't measure up to this baby (a tall ask surely) I'll be saying to myself if only Happens to the Heart was on there... Flip side is it's something to dream about one day and worst case, presumably the version he didn't "nail" is in the can somewhere and may one day see a release?

In any event, many thanks again Leonard, my day is richer by reading it.

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:07 pm
by lindyasimus
What a gift.

Thanks for all you do to make this a space where Leonard is moved to share such a thing.

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:23 pm
by joyezekiel
I can certainly hear Leonard's voice here. My immediate thought was that it is more like the "old" Leonard..... did anyone else feel this? I love it.

Joy

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:19 pm
by linmag
I can imagine this spoken over a quiet backing track like the spoken version of A Thousand Kisses Deep that Leonard did live, or like Vilanelle For Our Time - please?!

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:34 pm
by Joe Way
Excellent poem, thank you Leonard for sharing it here.

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:19 pm
by Gentle Reader
Thank you, Mr. Cohen.

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:53 pm
by MagnumOfChampagne
Authoritative and slyly funny. Beautiful!

Thank you.

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:01 pm
by Hartmut
yopietro wrote:http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... s-20150317

"We had another song on the album, which was called 'Happens to the Heart,' which will be on the next album. It's a very good lyric, a very good tune, but we didn't nail it."
Thank you, this is what I was thinking of.

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:05 pm
by mydoglorca
joyezekiel wrote:I can certainly hear Leonard's voice here. My immediate thought was that it is more like the "old" Leonard..... did anyone else feel this? I love it.

Joy
Yes, yes, yes Joy. Very much so.
It would make a brilliant song. Hoping for a new book soon too, it's been a long time.
Jill

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:07 pm
by angusshoorcaan
A beat poem from one of the greatest beat poets. Marvellous.

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:14 pm
by holydove
Wow, what an amazing poem!! Beautiful, touching, funny, sad, so incredibly rich, with so many layered images. . .I certainly do hope we will hear Leonard singing or reciting this on the next album. . . or the next next album!! Thank you so much for this very special gift, Mr. Cohen! And thank you to Jarkko for posting.

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Posted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:04 am
by Janetld
Wonderful, like others I am hearing it sung or recited, but until that day I will read and read and think.

Thank you so much, Leonard and Jarkko.