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    Leon Russell - A Song For You (1970)
    Studio version, lyrics, pics. http://www.leonrussellrecords.com/ Written by Leon Russell...covered by many. I've been so many places In my life and time I've...
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    Leon Russell, Hit Maker and Musicians’ Musician, Dies at 74
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    His Music shall never perish,..

    Leonard Cohen, Epic and Enigmatic Songwriter, Is Dead at 82

    I find it appropriate to post the sad news of Leonard Cohen's passing on our site. As Leonard always said - "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in",....so, may we all celebrate his beautiful life and times together and cherish the music, the melodies and words he left for all of us to love. Leonard Cohen's passing is one that for those of us lucky enough to have known him, hurts so very, very deep. It does, with a smile, expose the beauty of our age,...everyone of you reading this have been touched by one of his works. I will leave a links for those that loved his songs, poetry and life. Plus, I would like to leave in tribute, my personal favorite song he wrote; "Suzanne" that was covered by Neil Diamond and so many, many more. Thank you Leonard,....be at peace,....as you taught me, you are in the best of hands now.

     http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/obituaries/leonard-cohen-dies.html

    SUZANNE
    LEONARD COHEN (1965)

    Suzanne takes you down
    To her place by the river
    You can hear the boats go by
    You can spend the night forever

    And you know the girl's half crazy
    And that's why you want to be there
    And she feeds you tea and oranges
    That come all the way from China

    And just when you want to tell her
    That you have no love to give her
    She gets you on her wavelength
    And lets the river answer
    That you've always been her lover

    And Jesus was a sailor
    When he walked upon the water
    And he spent a long time watching
    From the lonely wooden tower
    And when he knew for certain
    Only drowning men could see him
    He said "All men are sailors then
    Until the sea shall free them"

    But he himself was broken
    Long before the sky would open
    Forsaken, almost human
    He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone

    And you want to travel with him
    And you want to travel blind
    And you think that you may trust him
    For he's touched your perfect body
    With his mind.

    Suzanne takes you down
    To her place by the river
    You can hear the boats that go by
    You can spend the night forever

    And the sun pours down like honey
    On our lady of the harbor
    And she shows you where to look
    Amid the garbage and the flowers
    There are heroes in the seaweed
    There are children in the morning
    They are leaning out for love
    And they will lean that way forever
    While Suzanne holds her mirror

    The Story Behind the Song:

    "The song was begun, and the chord pattern was developed, before a woman's name entered the song. And I knew it was a song about Montreal, it seemed to come out of that landscape that I loved very much in Montreal, which was the harbor and the waterfront and the sailors' church there, called Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secour, which stood out over the river, and I knew that there're ships going by, I knew that there was a harbor, I knew that there was Our Lady of the Harbor, which was the virgin on the church which stretched out her arms towards the seamen, and you can climb up to the tower and look out over the river, so the song came from that vision, from that view of the river. At a certain point, I bumped into Suzanne Vaillancourt, who was the wife of a friend of mine, they were a stunning couple around Montreal at the time, physically stunning, both of them, a handsome man and woman, everyone was in love with Suzanne Vaillancourt, and every woman was in love with Armand Vaillancourt. But there was no... well, there was thought, but there was no possibility, one would not allow oneself to think of toiling at the seduction of Armand Vaillancourt's wife. First of all he was a friend, and second of all as a couple they were inviolate, you just didn't intrude into that kind of shared glory that they manifested. I bumped into her one evening, and she invited me down to her place near the river. She had a loft, at a time when lofts were... the word wasn't used. She had a space in a warehouse down there, and she invited me down, and I went with her, and she served me Constant Comment tea, which has little bits of oranges in it. And the boats were going by, and I touched her perfect body with my mind, because there was no other opportunity. There was no other way that you could touch her perfect body under those circumstances. So she provided the name in the song." - LC

    In 2006, the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) found Suzanne Verdal, who inspired the song. She was a dancer and traveled around the world, but in the '90s, she hurt her back and was living in a homemade camper in Venice Beach when they found her. She revealed that Cohen lost touch with her by the time he recorded it, although she did meet him briefly after one of his concerts in the '70s, where he commented that she gave him a beautiful song. Responding to Cohen's quote, "It's not just the copulation. It is the whole understanding that we are irresistibly attracted to one another, and we have to deal with this. We are irresistibly lonely for each other, and we have to deal with this, and we have to deal with our bodies and with our hearts and souls and minds, and it's an urgent appetite," Verdal said, "I was the one that put the boundaries on that because Leonard is actually a very sexual man and very attractive and very charismatic. And I was very attracted to him, but somehow I didn't want to spoil that preciousness, that infinite respect that I had for him, for our relationship, and I felt that a sexual encounter might demean it somehow. That precious relationship produced a great piece of art."
    ‏ — feeling blessed
    NEIL DIAMOND ~ SUZANNE
    Leonard Cohen - Songwriter
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