Added verse to Marianne in Girona?

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Added verse to Marianne in Girona?

Post by merton » Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:50 am

Hi,

Maybe this is discussed elsewhere though I can't see. Has Leonard added those lines before or are they new?

Oh your eyes, ok I can forget your eyes
Your body at home in every sea
How come you gave away all your news to everyone ?
I thought you said it was a secret just for me.

Where have these lines come from? Is there a sesne of j'accuse ?

All the best,
Merton
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Re: Added verse to Marianne in Girona?

Post by somewhat_nifty » Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:25 am

There was a discussion of the various verses of So Long, Marianne in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=15231

Did he add that verse at Girona? I'll have to look for that on YouTube!
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Re: Added verse to Marianne in Girona?

Post by merton » Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:36 am

Hi Somewhat_nifty,

Thanks for that. You are right. Tom gives the lines and mentions that they were originally added in the early' 70's. But I'm still curious about why he wrote them and returns to them so many years later.

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Re: Added verse to Marianne in Girona?

Post by hydriot » Sat Aug 22, 2009 1:23 am

It is appropriate as Marianne, previously extremely reclusive, last year published a memoir.
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Re: Added verse to Marianne in Girona?

Post by TineDoes » Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:55 pm

Hallo,

This stansa is a seventh existing stansa to So long, Marianne. It can be found in the book Strangers Music - Selected Poems and Songs by Leonard Cohen. Page 100. Leonard Cohen is known for adding or changing lines of lyrics in concerts.
This Extra stanza was recorded : At the Beeb in London 1968:

If you leave, where will I keep you?
In my heart as some men say.
And I who was born to love every one;
Why should I keep you so far away?

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Re: Added verse to Marianne in Girona?

Post by TineDoes » Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:05 am

Forgot to say that I didn't ever hear Leonard Cohen sing this verse before. Not in either Rotterdam, Antwerp or Dublin. Or on any of the Youtube clips. Tineke
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Re: Added verse to Marianne in Girona?

Post by merton » Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:08 pm

Hi Hydriot,

But what was said in the book that might have prompted revisiting these lines ? Does anyone know if Leonard has used them since the Girona concert?

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Merton
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