Leonard Cohen says he is “ready to die”

Legendary singer-songwriter will release his 14th album later this month (October)

Leonard Cohen has revealed that he feels “ready to die”.

Discussing his archive of unfinished songs during an in-depth interview with the New Yorker, the legendary singer-songwriter said: “I don’t think I’ll be able to finish those songs. Maybe, who knows? And maybe I’ll get a second wind, I don’t know. But I don’t dare attach myself to a spiritual strategy. I don’t dare do that.”

“I’ve got some work to do,” 82-year-old Cohen continued. “Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”


The New Yorker also reports that friends and musical colleagues of Cohen have said he is unlikely to appear on stage again, “except in a limited way: a single performance, perhaps, or a short residency at one venue”.

Cohen is preparing to release his 14th album, ‘You Want It Darker’, on October 21. It will be the iconic artist’s third LP in six years, having not released a record for eight years prior to that.

The album’s title track was previewed earlier this year on Peaky Blinders and is now available to stream in full online.