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Leonard Cohen — Everybody Knows
Album: I'm Your Man
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Released: 1988
Length: 5:24
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Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you've been faithful
Ah give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you've been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

And everybody knows that it's now or never
Everybody knows that it's me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah when you've done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows

And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it's moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

And everybody knows that you're in trouble
Everybody knows what you've been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it's coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Oh everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows
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toterola wrote:
I just love Leonard. He is such an iconoclast.

If you have any interest in finding out more about him and the way he practices his craft, check this film out: https://www.leonardcohenimyourman.com/

It is wonderfully entertaining, and a real treat to watch. {#Wave}
 
Looks like that link is dead
Here's an alternative
Not sure which is better the music or the comments.
Everybody nose 👃
 melzabutch wrote:
Image result for pump up the volume movie gif

Pump up the volume.
 
I don't know how many times I've told myself this same thing. (Not that today is particularly bad or that I am looking for attention, just that it can be good to put it down in writing.)
 ziggytrix wrote:

Just look inside yourself and you'll see me
.
waving up at you
.
naked
.
wearing only a cock ring.
 

I remember buying the soundtrack to Pump Up The Volume and being annoyed that they only had the Concrete Blonde version. I'm sure it has its merits, but I still can't give their take on this song a fair shake based on that disappointment.

One of my all time favorite movies; it came out right after I graduated from high school.
everybody knows the plague is coming...
 dwaltmire wrote:
I think... everybody knows... how to write a better song than this one!  I'd personally like to listen to better ones.
 
Please take your negativity somewhere else.
I'm eagerly awaiting your # 1 hit.

dwaltmire wrote:

I think... everybody knows... how to write a better song than this one!  I'd personally like to listen to better ones.
 

Love his back-up singers!
My mom played the life out of this tape and some more by Leonard. As a child I hated his voice, made me seasick.

Straight 8 here. Thank you mommy for playing music with a bite at home. Even when I didnt enjoy it, I gained alot. Love my mom
I think... everybody knows... how to write a better song than this one!  I'd personally like to listen to better ones.
 Grayson wrote:
Leonard Cohen had such potential. Then again, so did that whole gen of menfolk. But they never could rise above their relentless slut shaming habits. None of 'em. Even as they were banging their best friend's wife. A pox on their houses.

Too strong?! OK, just a black cloud over in the month of May. Better?
 
On the other hand, the first time I heard this was long ago, performed by Concrete Blonde, from the Pump Up The Volume soundtrack.  'twas long before I'd heard the name Leonard Cohen.  Hearing Johnette Napolitano sing it, it never occurred to me that it was particularly about a woman (or women in general), or that it was anything other than an indictment of a partner's infidelity.
 Grayson wrote:
Leonard Cohen had such potential. Then again, so did that whole gen of menfolk. But they never could rise above their relentless slut shaming habits. None of 'em. Even as they were banging their best friend's wife. A pox on their houses.

Too strong?! OK, just a black cloud over in the month of May. Better?
 
I'm a fan of many of his tunes, only because of RP however, his "potential" was definitely reached. I even went, yesterday, to a local record shop to buy his "Live in England" album. BUT...maybe you're not from Canada. He was and still is huge here.
Check out the memorial concert for him. He was admired by many in the industry. Many.
Leonard Cohen had such potential. Then again, so did that whole gen of menfolk. But they never could rise above their relentless slut shaming habits. None of 'em. Even as they were banging their best friend's wife. A pox on their houses.

Too strong?! OK, just a black cloud over in the month of May. Better?
ANDY williams christmass speci'al
merry friggin hollyday
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
"... there were so many people you just had to meet... without your clothes."

I love this lyric and the way it scans. Perfection.

 
Yeah, came on to comment on that.  Pure genius.
"... there were so many people you just had to meet... without your clothes."

I love this lyric and the way it scans. Perfection.
 melzabutch wrote:
Image result for pump up the volume movie gif

Pump up the volume.

 
Just look inside yourself and you'll see me
.
waving up at you
.
naked
.
wearing only a cock ring.
 smellen wrote:
seems like every time I turn on Radio Paradise there's a Leonard Cohen song on. I'm not liking it.....

 

Seems like every time I turn on RP there's a LC song - thanks so much, love it
seems like every time I turn on Radio Paradise there's a Leonard Cohen song on. I'm not liking it.....
 melzabutch wrote:
Image result for pump up the volume movie gif

Pump up the volume.

 
LOL!!!  But I love the lyrics!!  Love it Love it!! {#Moon}
JK JK it's pretty boring.
 deepwoodskev wrote:
Thanks. Way to ruin my Friday morning.

 
Monday morning here, it's better now.
 LinThizzy wrote:
Everybody Knows that this is a disgrace.....can't frickin stand this BS.
 
Quit whining like a baby and hit the PSD.
Thanks. Way to ruin my Friday morning.
Everybody Knows that this is a disgrace.....can't frickin stand this BS.
This has a lot in common with Idiot Wind: both are beyond brilliant break up songs.
Such insight from such an artist. Vale Leonard
These lyrics are hitting hard right now. I want us to be better than what we all know.
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows
This would have been a fitting song right now, even if LC handed died this week also.
RIP Leonard. Another of the greats gone (whether you appreciate his work or not).
Good bye Leonard.  Thank you for the great music.
 Matthewpnorris wrote:
He looks like Adam sander.{#Lol}

 

With some Al Pacino thrown in.
He looks like Adam sander.{#Lol}
Seniors Night at the karaoke bar. Thrilling.   {#Drunk}
Image result for pump up the volume movie gif

Pump up the volume.
 chyk5 wrote:
I actually feel badly for people who can't appreciate Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, etc.. Thanks to Bill for continuing to play them.

 
They both have a voice like sandpaper but only one of them drones and that's Mr. Cohen. Give me Tom Waits anytime.
...not again!

{#Frustrated}
Everybody knows this song is over played on RP
The most depressing song ever written, and every word of it is 100% true.
 DrLex wrote:
Generic song complaint form

…………………………………………………………………

Instructions for use:
1. Print the form on a piece of paper.
2. Write your witty remark about this song on the dotted line.
3. Eat it.
4. Shut up.

 
Thanks, Doc. Now shut up and eat it.
Generic song complaint form

…………………………………………………………………

Instructions for use:
1. Print the form on a piece of paper.
2. Write your witty remark about this song on the dotted line.
3. Eat it.
4. Shut up.
WHAT'S THIS SONG CALLED?
 Thank you RP!

grahamdillabough wrote:
Thank you PSD!

 


Thank you PSD!
Not as down on Leonard tonight, but: Concrete Blonde does it better. 

I'm jes sayin' is all... 
I'm fed up with this guy, too much songs of him on RP.
Maybe the poet is gay
But he'll be heard anyway

Maybe the poet is drugged
But he won't stay under the rug

Maybe the voice of the spirit
In which case you'd better hear it

Maybe he's a woman
Who can touch you where you're human

Male, female, slave or free
Peaceful or disorderly
Maybe you and he will not agree
But you need him to show you new ways to see

Don't let the system fool you
All it wants to do is rule you
Pay attention to the poet
You need him and you know it

Put him up against the wall
Shoot him up with pentothal

Shoot him up with lead
You won't call back what's been said

Put him in the ground
But one day you'll look around

There'll be a face you don't know
Voicing thoughts you've heard before

Male female slave or free
Peaceful or disorderly
Maybe you and he will not agree
But you need him to show you new ways to see

Don't let the system fool you
All it wants to do is rule you
Pay attention to the poet
You need him and you know it

Bruce Cockburn - Maybe The Poet


Everytime I hear that song on RP I tap that song down one step...

Startet with 5, now down to one within a week or so....

Tom Waits is ok for me but this guy....
Oh no, start the RP app and directly this song... {#Stupid}
Everybody knows you've got a stuffy nose.
 chyk5 wrote:
I actually feel badly for people who can't appreciate Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, etc.. Thanks to Bill for continuing to play them.

 
Bless yer heart.
In my younger days, I could burp more-or-less in tune as well.
I actually feel badly for people who can't appreciate Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, etc.. Thanks to Bill for continuing to play them.
If RP never played another Leonard Cohen song, it would be too soon.
Bill will keep playing Leonard, and Dylan, and Neil Young, and Tom Waits, and Joni Mitchell, despite all the whiny comments, because he knows they're good.
Everybody Knows, I'm thankful for the lyrics transparency.
 andrzejmojo wrote:
I agree. Enough Cohen. 

 
{#Clap} {#Clap} {#Clap} {#Clap} {#Clap}
 molson wrote:
I just don't get it...I only PSD this guy...ok maybe Tom Waits...{#Beat}{#Frustrated}{#Stop}

 
Exactly.
 tfioreze wrote:
How is this considered singing??

 
Have you ever heard Dylan?
How is this considered singing??
All I can say to the nay-sayers is: the lyrics!
OMG...just saw the Eeyore post from someone earlier...totally sounds like Eeyore on open mic night!!! 
I just don't get it...I only PSD this guy...ok maybe Tom Waits...{#Beat}{#Frustrated}{#Stop}
I agree. Enough Cohen. 
 LowPhreak wrote:
For christsakes Bill, can you stop with the Cohen tracks every few hours?! {#Frustrated}

 

Agree, Bill.  Nobody gets more airplay than Cohen, I bet.  He's interesting, but there's much more out there...much, much more

Leave the lounge lizard alone! Just because he woke up one day and realized he wasn't normal doesn't make it right to make fun of his singing.... I say pump up the volume!
 deepwoodskev wrote:
Everybody knows how to click the PSD button also. Like me. G'bye Len.

 
{#Roflol}HA! Love this comment!
Totally reminds me of discovering Leonard Cohen through "Pump Up The Volume".  That movie just celebrated its 25th anniversary and I celebrated mine listening to this crazy buddhist monk crooner.
Everybody knows how to click the PSD button also. Like me. G'bye Len.
For christsakes Bill, can you stop with the Cohen tracks every few hours?! {#Frustrated}
Yes there were great lyrics, once. And the voice fitted, years ago. But this would be just better in a book, unsung. The musical arrangement is what could have passed as the demo song on a bontempi, ca 1988.  
 aaronm wrote:
You're acting like it's a super-unreasonable request that music be pleasing to listen to. We can all agree that there's taste involved, but it's like you're saying, "I know the voice is bad, but you have to enjoy this anyway, because reasons."
 
It just seems that in this "American Idol / The Voice" auto-tuned era, so many people immediately discount anything that doesn't sound like the rest of the generic musical "product" out there. Even here at RP, people are constantly complaining that songs are "too long", "boring" or that the vocalist "can't sing" (translation; doesn't have a generic auto-tuned voice). For me, part of the appeal of artists like Cohen, Dylan, Tom Waits and Neil Young is that they don't have perfect voices. Their unique, distinctive and clearly not pretty voices are part of what makes them great.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
No, Leonard Cohen doesn't have a "pretty" voice like Celine Dion or Barbra Streisand.
Oh, boo-hoo.

 
You're acting like it's a super-unreasonable request that music be pleasing to listen to. We can all agree that there's taste involved, but it's like you're saying, "I know the voice is bad, but you have to enjoy this anyway, because reasons."
 Andres-7 wrote:
It's horrible.
May be the lyrics are good, but Leonard Cohen just can't sing.
It's not music. May be poetry. But not music. 
Leonard Cohen is the worst singer I've ever heard. 

 
Oh come on — surely you have to agree that Bob Dylan is worse.  :-)
No, Leonard Cohen doesn't have a "pretty" voice like Celine Dion or Barbra Streisand.
Oh, boo-hoo.
 Andres-7 wrote:
It's horrible.
May be the lyrics are good, but Leonard Cohen just can't sing.
It's not music. May be poetry. But not music. 
Leonard Cohen is the worst singer I've ever heard. 

 
I agree completely.

They should use this for the recent run of GEICO ads "Everybody knows that". "Yes but did you know that Leonard Cohen sings every song by burping along with the music?"
 {#Clap}Andres-7 wrote:
It's horrible.
May be the lyrics are good, but Leonard Cohen just can't sing.
It's not music. May be poetry. But not music. 
Leonard Cohen is the worst singer I've ever heard. 

 

 grahamdillabough wrote:
Reminds me of Eeyore

 

It's horrible.
May be the lyrics are good, but Leonard Cohen just can't sing.
It's not music. May be poetry. But not music. 
Leonard Cohen is the worst singer I've ever heard. 
Reminds me of Eeyore
 horseplayer wrote:

Hi,

That would be because his lyrics are beautiful, haunting, profound.  He has the ability to imbue the ordinary, raw, gritty stuff of life with spiritual significance, and perhaps even more remarkably, he can make the spiritual gritty and real.  Because these words are his own idiosyncratic vision of the world, he is able to give voice to them in a particularly powerful and evocative way.  I find that when others sing them, these words can lose some of their emotional resonance (there are plenty of wincingly blase versions of "Hallelujah," for example). This is a quality that Cohen shares with many other so-called can't-sing artists — Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Johnny Cash all spring to mind. Those of us who enjoy this kind of thing appreciate the authenticity of the voice and find that it adds to, rather than detracts from, the overall impact of the artistic work.

Hope that helps.
 
Very well said indeed. I would include Tom Waits and Kris Kristofferson in this group as well.
 dragon1952 wrote:
That was actually Jimmy Durante and the song is called  Everybody's Nose....and if you even half way get that you're at least my age.

 
A more recent cover by Sniff 'N The Tears.
 horseplayer wrote:

Hi,

That would be because his lyrics are beautiful, haunting, profound.  He has the ability to imbue the ordinary, raw, gritty stuff of life with spiritual significance, and perhaps even more remarkably, he can make the spiritual gritty and real.  Because these words are his own idiosyncratic vision of the world, he is able to give voice to them in a particularly powerful and evocative way.  I find that when others sing them, these words can lose some of their emotional resonance (there are plenty of wincingly blase versions of "Hallelujah," for example). This is a quality that Cohen shares with many other so-called can't-sing artists — Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Johnny Cash all spring to mind. Those of us who enjoy this kind of thing appreciate the authenticity of the voice and find that it adds to, rather than detracts from, the overall impact of the artistic work.

Hope that helps.
 
So eloquently stated.
 MissElaineious wrote:
I've tried. I swear I've tried...for years, even. But to my ears Leonard Cohen just can't sing. Many of you out there really seem to like him. Tell me why, please. Help me understand the Leonard Cohen machine. 
 
Hi,

That would be because his lyrics are beautiful, haunting, profound.  He has the ability to imbue the ordinary, raw, gritty stuff of life with spiritual significance, and perhaps even more remarkably, he can make the spiritual gritty and real.  Because these words are his own idiosyncratic vision of the world, he is able to give voice to them in a particularly powerful and evocative way.  I find that when others sing them, these words can lose some of their emotional resonance (there are plenty of wincingly blase versions of "Hallelujah," for example). This is a quality that Cohen shares with many other so-called can't-sing artists — Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Johnny Cash all spring to mind. Those of us who enjoy this kind of thing appreciate the authenticity of the voice and find that it adds to, rather than detracts from, the overall impact of the artistic work.

Hope that helps.

I've tried. I swear I've tried...for years, even. But to my ears Leonard Cohen just can't sing. Many of you out there really seem to like him. Tell me why, please. Help me understand the Leonard Cohen machine. 
Geez, he's been doing the same shtick for how long now?
How do I give this guy and his music a minus rating?  Simply horrible.
 Krakus wrote:
He should sing this in a DayQuil commercial. "Everybody knows about my stuffy nose."

 
{#Roflol}
Oh God, he's back again.

Blah. 
The Rufus Wainwright cover is quite nice, too.
That was actually Jimmy Durante and the song is called  Everybody's Nose....and if you even half way get that you're at least my age.
What is that, a lute?  Bouzouki?
Pump Up The Volume!!!
 
 GEM wrote:
Went to one his concerts last year - one of the best I've ever been to (and that includes Led Z, the original Jefferson Airplane, and Little Feat - multiple times - so that's many years and concerts). If you don't groove to his music well sorry to hear that - hope you find someone else to float your boat. 

 
Me too and my thoughts exactly.   I also love the DVD "Live in London" for anyone who missed the outstanding concerts{#Yes}
I can't stand this "song"
Everybody knows RP plays  LC too much
Went to one his concerts last year - one of the best I've ever been to (and that includes Led Z, the original Jefferson Airplane, and Little Feat - multiple times - so that's many years and concerts). If you don't groove to his music well sorry to hear that - hope you find someone else to float your boat. 
He should sing this in a DayQuil commercial. "Everybody knows about my stuffy nose."
everybody knows, everybody knows, everybody knows … Absolutely horrible, I have to agree. Rating 1 … sucko-barfo.
Leonard's music is not for the simple-minded.
 jhorton wrote:
Does this EVER END?!

 
Everybody knows this song is a '2' at best.

{#Razz} {#Razz} {#Razz}
Does this EVER END?!
I love this artist!
 drivingunit103 wrote:
...I can take Concrete Blonds cover of this aswell. once in a while.. her husky voice is attractive...

 
Amen!!!  This version is great, but I absolutely LOVE the CB version of it!
As for buzzkill17 and the rest of the haters,

I don't get these nattering nabobbers of the negative. They're like weird little dung beetles rolling around their balls of hate on the comments page.  Many of us love this tune. Use the ratings button, use the PSD button, use the power button, but could you ease up on the hate ?

 {#Good-vibes}


buzzbee17 wrote:
He is one artist that I can't even believe is on here.  Absolutely horrible!  We have amazing music in a small town that far exceeds the talent of this guy.  Ugh!!

 


He is one artist that I can't even believe is on here.  Absolutely horrible!  We have amazing music in a small town that far exceeds the talent of this guy.  Ugh!!
PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!! TERRIBLE!!!
Is it wrong that I think the lyrics are funny?  You know, in a Leonard Cohen kind of funny.

Cracks me up every time. 
I don't even call this music.  Simply awful.
But what about the famous blue raincoat?
Brilliant. Simply brilliant. In composition and execution. 

I know when to turn the volume down.
Hey Leonard: more "writey writey," less "singy singy."
 Stingray wrote:
What a BAD BAD BAD SONG!!!
 
Exactly. . .I am not even going to PSD - I am out of RP until the stink has gone. 
Talk Hard!


I never understood the fascination with Leonard on RP.com....This is absolutely atrocious.  The only credit I give him is average songwriting.
 Stingray wrote:
What a BAD BAD BAD SONG!!!
 
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What a BAD BAD BAD SONG!!!