Leonard Cohen - Dear Heather
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Release date: 30 November 2003
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- Go No More A-Roving
- Because Of
- The Letters
- Morning Glory
- On That Day
- Villanelle for Our Time
- There for You
- Dear Heather
- To a Teacher
- The Faith
- Tennessee Waltz
- Live Track: Tennessee Waltz
Cohen has lost none of his passion
- Jan 27, 2012
A return of his molasses-thick voice
- Dec 6, 2011
Ah yes, the Spanish festival with guaranteed sun that’s a stone’s throw from the beach. Bliss. Castello De La Plana, Spain (July 17-20)
- Aug 1, 2008
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The U2 frontman has heaped praise upon the oft-covered track
Canadian singer played Wembley Arena twice in 2012
The iconic songwriter apologises to the crowd for the change of venue from Hop Farm in Kent
Leonard Cohen - Dear Heather: Wikipedia Album Entry
Dear Heather is Leonard Cohen's eleventh studio album, released in 2004. It shows a further departure from Ten New Songs, with more female lead singing and a marked increase in read poetry over sung lyrics, two of these being poems by other writers. The album reached #131 on the Billboard 200 and Internet Album charts and #5 on the Canadian Album charts. It was Cohen's highest charting album in America since 1969's Songs from a Room.
"On That Day" is a song about the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City. "Villanelle for Our Time" was recorded 6 May 1999, shortly after Cohen's return from Mount Baldy Zen Center. It is an improvised jazz recitation of F.R. Scott's poem. "To a Teacher" is a spoken-word track based on Cohen's poem from his 1961 book of poetry The Spice-Box of Earth, dedicated to the Canadian poet A.M. Klein. The music track for "The Faith" is actually an outtake from Recent Songs, with completely new lyrics, re-mixed and with new vocals added (thus the production was co-credited to Recent Songs producer Henry Lewy). The track 'Nightingale' is dedicated to the late R&B singer Carl Anderson. The last track is a live performance of "Tennessee Waltz", recorded 9 July 1985 at the Montreux Jazz Festival. It was taken from the radio recording and cleaned up digitally.
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[Dedicated to Irving Layton]
So we'll go no more a-roving
So late into the night,
The sea so deep and blind
The sun, the wild regret
The club, the wheel, the mind,
O love, aren't you tired yet?
[Dedicated to A. M. Klein (1909-1972)]
Hurt once and for all into silence.
A long pain ending without a song to prove it.
I built my house beside the wood
So I could hear you singing
And it was sweet and it was good
And love was all beginning
Please walk by me again
With a drink in your hand
And your legs all white
When it all went down
And the pain came through
I get it now
I was there for you
From bitter searching of the heart,
Quickened with passion and with pain
We rise to play a greater part.
This is the faith from which we start:
Some people say
It's what we deserve
For sins against g-d
For crimes in the world
No words this time?
No, there are times when nothing can be done.
Not this time.
I set out one night
When the tide was low
There were signs in the sky
But I did not know
You never liked to get
The letters that I sent.
But now you've got the gist
Of what my letters meant.
Because of a few songs
Wherein I spoke of their mystery
Women have been
Exceptionally kind to my old age
I was dancing with my darlin' to the Tennessee Waltz
When an old friend I happened to see
Introduced him to my loved one and while they were dancin'
My friend stole my sweetheart from me