Some resources on “The Night of Santiago”

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Some resources on “The Night of Santiago”

Post by Hartmut » Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:07 pm

So ..., “The Night of Santiago”, one of the songs on Leonard's new album “Thanks for the Dance”.

The song – like “Take This Waltz” – is based on a Spanish language poem by Federico García Lorca.

I've put together some resources about the poem and its translations, for anyone that is interested.

The original poem “La casada infiel”:
https://www.poemas-del-alma.com/la-casada-infiel.htm


The classic translation (“The Faithless Wife”) by J. L. Gili:
http://www.boppin.com/lorca/faith.html

A newer translation (“The Unfaithful Housewife”) by Conor O’Callaghan:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetry ... -housewife

Some notes (that mention Leonard) on O’Callaghan's translation:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetry ... rc-a-lorca


And, finally, Leonard's translation:
http://www.leonardcohen.it/discografia/ ... -santiago/

It is also to be found in Leonard's “Book of Longing”, under the title “The Faithless Wife”. You can hear him read it in the audio version of that book.

The Philip Glass song based on Leonard's translation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoZs7An7WyY
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Re: Some resources on “The Night of Santiago”

Post by alb123 » Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:25 pm

Thank you for sharing those links @Hartmut! :D :D :D

I'm shocked to learn this is not a 100% original Leonard Cohen idea/framework, however, I'm not shocked to learn Leonard got inspiration from a Federico García Lorca poem. Leonard really respected that man.
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Re: Some resources on “The Night of Santiago”

Post by Hartmut » Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:35 pm

alb123 wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:25 pm
Thank you for sharing those links @Hartmut! :D :D :D
You're very welcome! :-)
alb123 wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:25 pm
I'm shocked to learn this is not a 100% original Leonard Cohen idea/framework,
Then you'd better not examine the background of "Alexandra Leaving" too closely ...
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Re: Some resources on “The Night of Santiago”

Post by its4inthemorning » Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:10 pm

Hartmut, thanks for the links, I was not aware of the connection to Lorca's poem. Interesting that one of my favorite lines that I cited earlier, "Though I've forgotten half my life, I still remember this" does not seem to appear in Lorca's poem and was evidently Leonard's addition.

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