MP3: The Innocence Mission - Into Brooklyn, Early in the Morning
Dave Fischoff contributes a list of favorite musical things to Dusted Magazine, and mentions one of my very favorite Leonard Cohen songs, "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong":
Yes, Dylan is probably the more important songwriter, but it was Leonard Cohen who made the bigger impact on me as a lyricist. This song, from his first album, is a perfect example of what he does so well. The lyrics are strange, even surreal at times, but out of this weirdness come emotions that are completely universal. I think the third verse is my favorite: "I heard of a saint who had loved you / so I studied all night in his school. / He taught that the duty of lovers / is to tarnish the Golden Rule. / And just when I was sure / that his teachings were pure / he drowned himself in the pool. / His body is gone, / but back here on the lawn / his spirit continues to drool." This is also the only song I’ve ever covered since I started making records; there’s a version I recorded a long time ago for an obscure vinyl-only Norwegian compilation that’s (thankfully) very out of print. Mr. Cohen’s version is much better.Kirstiecat posts a review, pictures and setlist from Ron Sexsmith's Chicago show. As usual the pictures are amazing. Ron cancelled his show here in Northern Virginia due to voice issues but with any luck will reschedule soon.
Behold, a video for Jeffrey Lewis' "Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror".