Happy Birthday, Leonard!

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by crista » Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:26 pm

In Germany we have a saying "Wir werden nicht älter, sondern besser!" - We don't get older, but better! I had to think of that on the occasion of Leonard Cohen's 80th birthday. While he has created fantastic songs throughout his life and presented them to enthusiastic audiences, certainly the latest series of concerts and also 'Old Ideas' exceeded anybody's expectations.

My sincere congratulations on this milestone birthday from Cologne and New York City, all the very best for many more happy years so that maybe we can enjoy more songs, poems, and, above all, concerts - Christa
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by arran » Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:02 pm

Hi Leonard, Happy 80th birthday. Enjoy your special day. We will always, always love you. A
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by claudia » Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:26 pm

Happy 80. Birthday, 
dear Leonard Cohen!

You must know...
In 85 I got your music on a tape
from Richy, who was selling dope.
Next year in very early spring
I rode the greyhound to Montreal
dreaming to meet you there
deep in the green lilac park,
but the air smelled of snow.

You must know...
That I love your old
Famous Blue raincoat.
You got me singing,
your crack in anthem.
I feel so privileged 
being a bird on the wire
sort of "beautiful loser"

You must know...
I find you in your songs
Between the lines and tunes
You, who has no greed,
You who conquered pain
by carving it's shorelines
onto the record which plays
the soundtrack of my life.

You must know...
I adore your earlobes and
how you had your hair in 71, 
your greek island of love
and the story of Marianne 
yes, I love your golden voice
ringing the bells of limousines
waiting forever in the street.

You must know...
That I do thank you for
feeding my heart and soul
by lending out your songs 
to my ears and voice,
for sending me friends and guests.
This world was ever meant
for someone as beautiful as you! 
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by christineanne » Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:51 pm

Thank you for the words, the music and the concerts - those wonderful concerts :)
Happy Birthday, and my very best wishes for the year ahead.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by galwayowen » Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:52 pm

Dear Leonard have a wonderful birthday,you deserve it.Sincere thanks for the wonderful music and songs I enjoyed for the last 46years and I look forward to what you contribute into the future.Now that you've reached that age ITS SMOKING TIME ?
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by cohenadmirer » Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:01 pm

Dear Leonard

Still here , and still an inspiration ...more and more about the positive possibilities of old age ( from one still firmly in middle age )

If the temptation of that cigarette proves too much , please smoke just one, and then quit again . You know it makes sense 8)

Leonard's work resonates
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by yoeri » Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:19 pm

Χρόνια πολλά! Να τα χιλιάσεις.

2008: Athens
2009: Madrid
2010: Gent, Lille
2012: Gent, Berlin, Madrid
2013: Antwerp, Brussels, Pula, Amsterdam
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by phillip » Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:01 pm

Happy Birthday Leonard thankyou for all your albums books of poetry and concerts you are the best thankyou for all the years I have enjoyed listening to your songs and reading your poems cant wait to buy popular problems :D
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Mikeaus » Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:11 pm

We have started the celebrations in Australia. Happy Birthday today Leonard. It will be great to have you here again.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by rpan » Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:13 pm

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"We were broken then, but now we're borderline"
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by andrea » Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:25 pm

Dear Leonard,
Happy Birthday - 80 years a proud age,
you are still as much in my heart as 40 years ago....
Thank you for all ...and especially for the new cd
" popular problems " it is a precoius gift to us all,
Namaste ,
with love

Auguri / best wishes ...also from Marco and Flavio ( verona)and Francesca (venice)
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2009 july koeln - august venice - september barcelona
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Kevlin » Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:56 pm

World's most sexy 80 year old <3
Enjoy a happy birthday in the tower of songs ^^
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Bec » Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:54 am

Dear Leonard,

thank you for spending your twentyninethousandtwohundredandtwentyfirst day in this place, and please, make your visit last a lot longer! I've just discovered you & your music one and a half years ago, and, forgive me for being egoistic, I really need more years or decades to enjoy it all - and get a chance to say "thank you" in real life.

Maybe it gets boring to have people you've never met thank you for helping them change their lives, or maybe it's rather creepy, I don't know. But anyways, thank you. Your words are like dots of light in the complete dark, and some of them are like a full-blown sunrise. I don't know whether they're dark, to me they're plainly so very full of life. They, or you (and my incomparable therapist), have helped me so much to regain my curiosity, to find interest in this world, in life, in all its facets. I've even been able to move into my own appartment - something nobody dared to consider possible 2 years ago (because, well, you might have guessed, I'm about three quarters crazy). Your music and words did a lot to get me there. Though we'll probably never meet, you feel like some unknown companion. It feels so important to just know that you're there.
Thank you. I owe you a lot.

& most important:


Have a beautiful day


PS I've never imagined I would write something like this to a person more than twice my age - ever! - but, whatever... you must be the hottest 80-year-old on earth!
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