Sunday, October 21, 2012
Leonard Cohen: Closing Time
What is it about Canadian singer-songwriters?
Two weeks ago I wanted a song about disillusionment and found it natural to choose Joni Mitchell. Today I wanted something to express the sense that we are living through the decline of the West, and it seems equally natural to choose Leonard Cohen.
"Closing Time" comes from Cohen's 1992 album The Future, which was the one that led me to discover his work. Ostensibly the lyrics are about some hellhole of a bar, but I have always read it as being about something deeper than that - closing time in the gardens of the West or something like that.
Anyway, Cohen seems remarkably cheerful at the prospect in this live performance - much more cheerful than when he sings about love.