3 thoughts on “Leonard Cohen — “Take This Waltz”

  1. Oh my goodness. LC. Saw him live near Boulder about a year ago. I have been a fan (one of my google alerts is set to LC; another to do with animals; a third, to Conrad Aiken) for as long as I can remember. Have all his poetry. I have long felt that “Dance Me to the End of Love” is the most beautiful love song ever written.


  2. Being me, after swooning, I had to look up the lyrics, and found that he has obsessed with the poet, Lorca, and had created his own version for this song.


    Here of all places I don’t have to explain how I fell in love with the poet Federico Garcia Lorca. I was 15 years old and I was wandering through the bookstores of Montreal and I fell upon one of his books,and I opened it,and my eyes saw those lines “I want to pass through the Arches of Elvira,to see her thighs and begin weeping”. I thought “This is where I want to be”… I read alone “Green I want you green “I turned another page “The morning through fistfuls of ants in your face” I turned another page “Her thighs slipped away like school of silver minnows”. I knew that I had come home. So it is with a great sense of gratitude that I am able to repay my debt to Federico Garcia, at least a corner, a fragment, a crumb, a hair, an electron of my debt by dedicating this song, this translation of his great poem “Little Viennese Waltz”, “Take This Waltz”.

    –Leonard Cohen, June 24, 1988


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