The New Yorker streams "Going Home" and prints the lyric

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The New Yorker streams "Going Home" and prints the lyric

Postby jarkko » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:59 pm

"Going Home" to Be Streamed by The New Yorker
Cohen’s Recognition Reflects the Strength of Popular Songwriting

January 15, 2012, Los Angeles: For the first time in its history, The New Yorker, esteemed for its consistent publication of great poetry, will stream on its website (http://www.newyorker.com) Leonard Cohen’s new lyric “Going Home,” one of ten songs on his new studio album, Old Ideas. The New Yorker will publish the lyric in its January 23rd issue (on newsstands January 16th). The song will also be streamed on The New Yorker website on January 16th. Cohen and Sony will release the album on January 31st (http://www.leonardcohen.com/us/news/new ... sed-013112).

New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon, who has been listening to Cohen since 1967, said that he is “thrilled” this will be happening in the magazine, which has recently been acknowledging the great power and achievement of singer-songwriters. Muldoon said, “The New Yorker has been publishing lyrics over the past years by Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon…Cohen is in some elite company, including his own!” Cohen’s rich, complex lyrics have intoxicated listeners for more than a generation; his work bridges the world of lyric poetry and song. A selection of Cohen’s poems and songs has recently been published by the prestigious Random House “Everyman” series, which includes in its pantheon Rumi, Keats, Byron, Pushkin, Dickinson, Frost, and, now, Cohen (http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/classi ... press.html). Already, through a second printing, a new edition will be released later this winter.

Recently, Cohen’s work has been receiving literary recognition throughout the world. In late October, Cohen received the Príncipe de Asturias, the highest literary award granted by Spain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u_7e3Tv7Uk). PEN New England has also awarded Cohen and Chuck Berry its first “Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence.” Judges included Bono, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Paul Muldoon, Smokey Robinson, Salman Rushdie, and Paul Simon.

His native Canada, which has honored Cohen before, will bestow the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize upon Cohen for his great artistic achievement in bringing literary richness to popular music and for touching “audiences far outside his main genre.” Cohen’s honors and the recent nomination of Bob Dylan for the Neustadt International Prize (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/ju ... rary-prize) reflect the cultural recognition of folk-rock songwriters as poets of the highest order.

The press release in pdf format is here: http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/newyorker12.pdf
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Re: The New Yorker streams "Going Home" and prints the lyric

Postby Stamatina » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:46 pm

Do they intend to completely ruin it for us? Seriously, if we get to listen to the entire album before January 31st, there's no fun in waiting! :razz:
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Postby musicmania » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:12 pm

Stamatina wrote:Do they intend to completely ruin it for us? Seriously, if we get to listen to the entire album before January 31st, there's no fun in waiting! :razz:
You can always choose not to listen before January 31st ;-)
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Postby Goldin » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:20 pm

musicmania wrote:You can always choose not to listen before January 31st ;-)
Are you serious? Not to listen to brand new Leonard Cohen song available online?? :roll:

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Postby musicmania » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:30 pm

Goldin wrote:
musicmania wrote:You can always choose not to listen before January 31st ;-)
Are you serious? Not to listen to brand new Leonard Cohen song available online?? :roll:

;-)
Not for me :!: I don't have the willpower to wait and the instant they appear I listen but I haven't and will not seek pirate versions though I know they are out there.
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Postby Goldin » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:52 pm

I guess, Stamatina means pre-release appearances of three songs (plus amazon snippets of all songs, plus the fact that we have listened to live version of Lullaby & read Amen)...
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Postby mutti » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:00 am

can hardly wait! and will get the New Yorker tomorrow when it comes out on the news stands.
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Re: The New Yorker streams "Going Home" and prints the lyric

Postby WiTS » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:14 am

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/c ... -song.html
online now!

GOING HOME
by Leonard Cohen

I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit

But he does say what I tell him
Even though it isn’t welcome
He will never have the freedom
To refuse

He will speak these words of wisdom
Like a sage, a man of vision
Though he knows he’s really nothing
But the brief elaboration of a tube

Going home
Without my sorrow
Going home
Sometime tomorrow
To where it’s better
Than before

Going home
Without my burden
Going home
Behind the curtain
Going home
Without the costume
That I wore

He wants to write a love song
An anthem of forgiving
A manual for living with defeat

A cry above the suffering
A sacrifice recovering
But that isn’t what I want him to complete

I want to make him certain
That he doesn’t have a burden
That he doesn’t need a vision

That he only has permission
To do my instant bidding
That is to SAY what I have told him
To repeat

Going home
Without my sorrow
Going home
Sometime tomorrow
Going home
To where it’s better
Than before

Going home
Without my burden
Going home
Behind the curtain
Going home
Without the costume
That I wore

I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit
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GOING HOME FIRST LISTENING!!!!

Postby dreamermusic » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:56 am

I've already listened to 'Goiung Home' Quite a strange beginning for a record. The songs seems to me as a final-record one. Very slow, but nice. There are some mistakes in the lyrics that the Newyorker has published. I'll try toi post them in a while here.

The soiund and style is that of Dear Heather. Where is the whole band? It sounds like keyboards as usual as lately in Cohen CDs. Missing the 'human' players, that great band of the world tour 2008-2010.
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Postby dreamermusic » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:59 am

I've already listened to 'Going Home' Quite a strange beginning for a record. The songs seems to me as a final-record one. Very slow, but nice. There are some mistakes in the lyrics that the Newyorker has published. I'll try to post them in a while here.

The sound and style is that of Dear Heather. Where is the whole band? It sounds like keyboards as usual as lately in Cohen CDs. Missing the 'human' players, that great band of the world tour 2008-2010.
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Postby dreamermusic » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:12 pm

Here are the diferences: I have written down in CAPITAL LETTERS what is in fact sung by Leonard in the song, which differs from the printing that the Newyorker.com has published.

GOING HOME
I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit

But he does say what I tell him
Even though it isn’t welcome
He JUST DOESN’T have the freedom
To refuse

He will speak these words of wisdom
Like a sage, a man of vision
Though he knows he’s really nothing
But the brief elaboration of a tube

Going home
Without my sorrow
Going home
Sometime tomorrow
GOING HOME to where it’s better
Than before

Going home
Without my burden
Going home
Behind the curtain
Going home
Without the costume
That I wore

He wants to write a love song
An anthem of forgiving
A manual for living with defeat

A cry above the suffering
A sacrifice recovering
But that isn’t what I NEED him to complete

I want HIM TO BE certain
That he doesn’t have a burden
That he doesn’t need a vision

That he only has permission
To do my instant bidding
WHICH is to say what I have told him
To repeat

Going home
Without my sorrow
Going home
Sometime tomorrow
Going home
To where it’s better
Than before

Going home
Without my burden
Going home
Behind the curtain
Going home
Without the costume
That I wore

I love to speak with Leonard
He’s a sportsman and a shepherd
He’s a lazy bastard
Living in a suit


I don't know why Leonard is AGAIN reciting instead of singing. He can sing. He's proved it throughout these 2 years of World Tour! I'm a little bit shocked. I expected a different kind of record this time. But, anyway, I love it. He's my personal G-d.
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Postby martingrossman » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:22 pm

The New Yorker notwithstanding, "brief elaboration of a tube" can't be right.
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Postby B4real » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:24 pm

I can say those corrections are correct as I hear them but one thing I can't hear properly is "TUBE" which could be "TUNE".

I'm still thinking about how I feel about this song. I love the chorous but it hasn't had an instant impact on me like Show Me The Place did. But that's the thing with Leonard's songs, they reveal themselves in different ways to you when you're ready to hear what he's really saying. I think when I get the CD in a few weeks and everything is in context it will all come together as it should.
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The New Yorker streams "Going Home" and prints the lyric

Postby JudasPriest » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:34 pm

Musically not up to the standard of the other 2 based on a couple of initial listenings.
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Postby dreamermusic » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:56 pm

SPANISH TRANSLATION FOR 'GOING HOME'

DE VUELTA A CASA
Me encanta hablar con Leonard,
Es un deportista y un pastor.
Es un bastardo perezoso
que vive embutido en un traje.
Pero él dice lo que le digo
Incluso aunque no le agrade
Simplemente no tiene la libertad
De negarse a hacerlo.
Él pronunciará sabias palabras
Como si fuera un sabio, un visionario,
Aunque sabe que realmente no es nada
más que la breve fabricación de un tubo.

De vuelta a casa
Sin mi dolor
De vuelta a casa
En algún instante mañana
De vuelta a casa
Donde se está mejor que antes.
De vuelta a casa
Sin mi carga
De vuelta a casa
Detrás del telón
De vuelta a casa
Sin el traje
Que llevaba

Él quiere escribir una canción de amor
Un himno de perdón
Un manual para convivir con la derrota.
Un grito por encima del sufrimiento,
Retomar un sacrificio,
Pero no es eso lo que necesito que él complete.
Quiero que él sepa con seguridad
Que no tiene ninguna carga
Que no necesita tener una visión
Que sólo tiene permiso
Para hacer mi voluntad inmediatamente
Que es que diga lo que le he ordenado que repita:

De vuelta a casa
Sin mi dolor
De vuelta a casa
En algún instante mañana
De vuelta a casa
Donde se está mejor que antes.
De vuelta a casa
Sin mi carga
De vuelta a casa
Detrás del telón
De vuelta a casa
Sin el traje
Que llevaba

Me encanta hablar con Leonard,
Es un deportista y un pastor.
Es un bastardo perezoso
que vive embutido en un traje.

Translated by / Traducción de: Daniel Granado

For me, the song is a dialogue between God and Leonard. God says he "likes to speak with Leonard", He makes a description of Leonard and the things he wants to do before 'going home' (which for me is before 'dying'): write a love song...etc. But God tells him that's not what He want him to do. God only wants Leonard to say the words: "Going home without my sorrow going home sometime tomorrow, going home to where it’s better than before. Going home without my burden going home behind the curtain going home without the costume that I wore."

Leonard is going home without 'the costume that he wore', naked, without clothes, his SOUL is going home, towards the Lord. For me, there's a great word-game in the song. The first SUIT (his real black suit) and the second COSTUME (his body, the suit of his soul, which he loses and goes home without it.) That's my point of view and my interpretation of the song, but I may be wrong.
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Para mi la canción es un diálogo entre Dios y Leonard. Dios dice que "le gusta hablar con Leonard", Dios hace una descripción de Leonard y de las cosas que quiere hacer antes de 'volver a casa' (que para mí es 'antes de morir'): escribir una canción de amor...etc. Pero Dios le dice que eso no es lo que él quiere que haga. Dios solamente quiere que Leonard diga las palabras: de vuelta a casa sin mi dolor, de vuelta a casa en algún instante de mañana, de vuelta a casa donde se está mejor que antes. De vuelta a casa sin mi carga, de vuelta a casa detrás del telón, de vuelta a casa sin el traje que llevaba."

Leonard va de vuelta a casa 'sin el traje que llevaba', desnudo, sin ropas, su ALMA va de vuelta a casa, hacia el Señor. Para mí, hay un gran juego de palabras en la canción. Hay dos palabras inglesas: SUIT (traje) y COSTUME (traje o disfraz). Al principio de la canción Dios dice que Leonard es un bastardo que va siempre 'embutido en un traje', su traje de Armani negro de siempre. Al final de la canción dice que Leonard va 'de vuelta a casa sin su traje', es decir, va su ALMA de vuelta a casa sin el traje o disfraz que es el CUERPO. Esa es mi interpretación de la canción, pero puedo estar equivocado.
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