Happy Birthday, Leonard!

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Harriet175 » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:13 am

I am just a little Frankfurt girl
wanting to thank you…
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…with my four-leaf clover, wishing it may bring you luck
and health. Happy birthday, Leonard

Give up all the questions except one: “Who am I?”
After all the only part you are sure of is that you are.
The “I am” is certain, the “I am this” is not.
Struggle to find out what you are in reality.


thank you for your struggle
and for being your self

with deep gratitude

Nicole, Frankfurt
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by niffin » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:18 am

Happy birthday, Leonard! :D

Wishing you all the best.


And why are you so quiet now, standing there in the doorway?
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by chrissyb » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:21 am

Happy Birthday Leonard

Love, Peace & Happiness

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Arvid » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:30 am

Happy Birthday,Leonard.
I want to thank you for writing all those fantastic songs that mean so much to me.I also want to thank you for making the concerts you held in Norway experiences I will remember for rest of my life.I feel so privileged to have seen you on stage,and it really moved me.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Relate » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:42 am

May your heart always be joyful,
May your song always be sung,
May you stay forever young.

happy birthday dear leonard
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Etoile » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:42 am

Dear Maestro,

all the best in your day and many happy, healthy years to come!

I was lucky enough to see you live twice since I live in Europe, but as a born Argentinean I want to remind that you have many, many loyal fans in the southern part of the world –there, where your birthday marks not the beginning of the autumn but the first day of spring.

Happy birthday and shana tova from another thankful fan,

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Giulia » Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:27 am

Dear Leonard

75 years, and still the greatest of all.

Dear Leonard
its like talking to a friend, even if you are much older
i love you for your music, you are allways there
when i need you, in my hart, when i feel alone, sad, happy
you comfort me with your voice, your lyrics
Nobody can come over you, never will there be another
like you
thank you for all the hours of joy, comforting, happynes
I love you the most, for ever and ever,

With love from Giulia for my dearest Friend, LEONARD COHEN
Leonard 77, 21 of september 78, and still the greatest of all times

In my secret live.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Galway » Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:46 am

Lá Breithe Sona dhuit, a Leonard.
Go mairfidh tú an céad!
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Roro » Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:54 am

Dear Leonard

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday today.
Thank you for all you've given us.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Richard » Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:59 am

Dear Leonard,

Time again to visit this beautiful harbour of cyberspace and give my greetings to you on your birthday.

Thank you so much for the tours. This is a great gift to us. I was able to fulfill a dream long held and see you perform live.
This has satisfied and quieted a part of my soul while awakening other parts. You often do this to me with your words, music and character.

I hope to repeat this annual offering for many years to come.

Peace and happiness to you on your birthday and always.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by JoshUK » Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:02 am

ghosts walk the
maple streets of montreal
the writers have shut up shop
and stopped dispensing
the girls with dark lined eyes
are tired now
they no longer undress
for a promise of poetry
but turn on the radio
and drive
we have lit candles for you
at the edge of town
where the lovers
still gather


Best Wishes and Thanks for so much inspiration
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Neophyte » Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:14 am

Working hard on your 75th birthday! Leonard, you are such an inspiration in every way possible!! Here's wishing you a glorious day and glorious forever!! You have enriched my life so much, and I am so grateful for your dedication to your devotees!! See you next month!
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by sirius » Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:27 am


I have measured out my life in Leonard Cohen Songs

When I first saw you Leonard in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival I was just 16 and have seen you many times since.......I've got you like a habit and I'll never get enough........so just one more time, please!

I was also at the Belle Vue Manchester Concert in March 1972 where I remember them filming the concert and you Leonard making comments to the effect that they were filming for posterity. I also recall you holding a bottle of wine and then pouring some of it's contents onto the stage and saying this was for us, the audience. I was quite near the front and could see the cameramen filming. I know quite a few songs from this concert made it on to the final Tony Palmer 1974 Documentary Film Bird On The Wire.

So to paraphrase a famous poet, "I have measured out my life in Leonard Cohen Songs" and you have been the background hum in my universe from fifteen to fifty-five, from adolescence to old age, One of the last songs you sang at the Manchester Belle Vue concert 36 years ago was that old chestnut "As Time Goes By", well I suppose Leonard Cohen fans appreciate such 'fundamental things' as a good song when they hear one.

I posted thion this forum after seeing Leonard last year,

I was privileged to be at the Thursday June 19th concert at The Opera House Manchester with my wife, my son and my daughter truly a transcendental moment that echoed in Eternity. Leonard Cohen has maybe achieved that remote human possibility of which he spoke of in his novel Beautiful Losers; "A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human:possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love." The energy of love was transmitted and received by the open hearted.

Peter Solomon

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by clionamhic » Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:43 am

La breithe faoi shean is faoi mhaise dhuit Leonard, go maire tu an cead!!
Happy birthday Leonard, and many more of them. X
One of my 'die happy' wishes for years was to see you live. Never really thought it would happen, but it has, 3 times. I'm so lucky! Thanks for all the poetry and wonderful songs and music and for your immense courage in being ............ just you.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by JacquelineR » Tue Sep 22, 2009 3:21 am

Dear Leonard,

You graciously share your love and blessings and we are all better for it. This lovely poem by Rainer Maria Rilke expresses the spiritual and orgasmic feelings you stir. Happy Birthday!



What fields are fragrant as your hands?
You feel how external fragrance stands
upon your stronger resistance.
Stars stand in images above.
Give me your mouth to soften, love;
ah, your hair is all in idleness.

See, I want to surround you with yourself
and the faded expectation lift
from the edges of your eyebrows;
I want, as with inner eyelids sheer,
to close for you all places which appear
by my tender caresses now.

Rainer Maria Rilke
Summer 1909

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