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Leonard Cohen — A Thousand Kisses Deep
Album: Ten New Songs
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6.7

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Total ratings: 303









Released: 2001
Length: 6:23
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The ponies run, the girls are young
The odds are there to beat
You win a while and then it's done
Your little winning streak
And summoned now to deal
With your invincible defeat
You live your life as if it's real
A thousand kisses deep

I'm turning tricks, I'm getting fixed
I'm back on Boogie Street
You lose your grip, and then you slip
Into the Masterpiece
And maybe I had miles to drive
And promises to keep
You ditch it all to stay alive
A thousand kisses deep

And sometimes when the night is slow
The wretched and the meek
We gather up our hearts and go
A thousand kisses deep

Confined to sex, we pressed against
The limits of the sea
I saw there were no oceans left
For scavengers like me
I made it to the forward deck
I blessed our remnant fleet
And then consented to be wrecked
A thousand kisses deep

I'm turning tricks, I'm getting fixed
I'm back on Boogie Street
I guess they won't exchange the gifts
That you were meant to keep
And quiet is the thought of you
The file on you complete
Except what we forgot to do
A thousand kisses deep

And sometimes when the night is slow
The wretched and the meek
We gather up our hearts and go
A thousand kisses deep

The ponies run, the girls are young
The odds are there to beat
You win a while and then it's done
Your little winning streak
And summoned now to deal
With your invincible defeat
You live your life as if it's real
A thousand kisses deep
Comments (43)add comment
 Stingray wrote:
THIS GUY IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TERRIBLE!!!!

 

 

FOR ALL THAT IS HOLY, PLEASE, PLEASE, STOP LOOKING IN THE MIRROR.


Cynaera wrote:
Something about Leonard Cohen's music makes me want to just sink into a deep, comfortable leather chair with a glass of warmed brandy and some dim lights while I watch the snow falling gently outside.  Even his chirpiest songs simply don't fit as well on a sunny Saturday morning in the park with the frisbee and the neighborhood kids.

So true, a real "fireplace-and-sweet-tobacco" song.
Just can't get into this guy's sound.  Perhaps the lyrics are good but all his music sounds the same and I just can't get past that.
This is very good.  But his Live in London rewritten version is outstanding.  That version gets my 10.
Hearing Leonard, I took the Psd escape, to end up with... Leonard!

aaaargh!

the man sings like his battery has run out 
I loved his first albums when I was in college, but my tolerance for LC goes down and down as I get older, as much as I've tried to stay with him. This song is in particular urges me to throw myself off a cliff. I guess one man's deep, insightful and evocative is another man's lugubrious, plodding, and deathly. 
 ThePoose wrote:
My wife has refused sex (to me, anyway) for nigh on ten years.
This song reminds me of my plight--as if I needed reminding, 

 
Canadians... 
wonderful poet, and master showman gets better with age....read hi words love his soul....{#Cheers}
My wife has refused sex (to me, anyway) for nigh on ten years.
This song reminds me of my plight--as if I needed reminding, 
 Cynaera wrote:
Something about Leonard Cohen's music makes me want to just sink into a deep, comfortable leather chair with a glass of warmed brandy and some dim lights while I watch the snow falling gently outside.  Even his chirpiest songs simply don't fit as well on a sunny Saturday morning in the park with the frisbee and the neighborhood kids.

 
And something about him makes me feel like shit!  I guess I'm not as cool and depressed as I need to be to appreciate this wretch.  A 6 at best and that's being charitable!   I posted it here  {#Ass}
 Cynaera wrote:
Something about Leonard Cohen's music makes me want to just sink into a deep, comfortable leather chair with a glass of warmed brandy and some dim lights while I watch the snow falling gently outside.  Even his chirpiest songs simply don't fit as well on a sunny Saturday morning in the park with the frisbee and the neighborhood kids.
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this marvelous song soooo much...
 
Nobody rocks the Casio drum machine like Lenny. Its almost like he's daring the listener to criticize his juxtaposition of poetry with a 1980s child's toy. Well nerds, have at it!
A little Cohen goes a long way.
 Stingray wrote:
THIS GUY IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TERRIBLE!!!!

 
Agreed. Thanks RP for the PSD!
 richlister wrote:
I needed to turn on the sub-woofer to hear anything.

Leonard's new album out soon, '11 New Songs That are slightly newer than the last 10 but not that much with an extra track feat. someone'
 
It is said that Cohen's long-time trusted Manager depleted him of all of his funds.  He needs to build up a new nest-egg for his retirement at such a late stage of his life, the poor guy.  Help him out and buy....

And here i am thinking this is a music station...

If i want to listen to an excruciating slowmo poet i'd be looking elsewhere i guess... or not...
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Never saw or heard the appeal of this "artist".
Go Lenny - sexing it up nerd style.  Simply one of my favourite things in the world - Can't get enough Lenny!
ugh. see ya later, think i will go listen to some NPR.
 
I needed to turn on the sub-woofer to hear anything.

Leonard's new album out soon, '11 New Songs That are slightly newer than the last 10 but not that much with an extra track feat. someone'
 Cynaera wrote:
Something about Leonard Cohen's music makes me want to just sink into a deep, comfortable leather chair with a glass of warmed brandy and some dim lights while I watch the snow falling gently outside.  Even his chirpiest songs simply don't fit as well on a sunny Saturday morning in the park with the frisbee and the neighborhood kids.
 
Let's keep Cynaera's wonderful posts alive and on the front page.  Sharon Robinson and Leonard the perfect 10 for me.  Check out Sharon's only solo album.  Real late night chillout music to relax to.
THIS GUY IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BRILLIANT!  EVEN BETTER IN CONCERT!  Checkout the "Live in London" DVD.
 Stingray wrote:
THIS GUY IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TERRIBLE!!!!
 
You know, I really don't like most of his stuff, but this caught my ear, and a 5.
THIS GUY IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TERRIBLE!!!!
 Cynaera wrote:
Something about Leonard Cohen's music makes me want to just sink into a deep, comfortable leather chair with a glass of warmed brandy and some dim lights while I watch the snow falling gently outside.  Even his chirpiest songs simply don't fit as well on a sunny Saturday morning in the park with the frisbee and the neighborhood kids.

 
Yep, I can see that scene. I'm not sure that yer man ever does 'chirpy'. He's an acquired taste, and thanks to RP I've acquired it and now really appreciate him as a songwriter. If his voice gets any lower it'll be in that subsonic range which induces fear in the listener. It certainly gives me the willies.


 RKeaton wrote:
I truly pity those who turn a deaf ear to people like L Cohen.
 
Completely agree.  I snuck in a L Cohen song on a playlist that my wife listens to.  She's a Nick Cave fan.  He does a fantastic version of Suzanne.  She was completely blown away.  Had to replay it twice before moving on. 
I truly pity those who turn a deaf ear to people like L Cohen.
Something about him makes me want to clear my throat.
Hey, he looks like spock's brother. 
Something about Leonard Cohen's music makes me want to just sink into a deep, comfortable leather chair with a glass of warmed brandy and some dim lights while I watch the snow falling gently outside.  Even his chirpiest songs simply don't fit as well on a sunny Saturday morning in the park with the frisbee and the neighborhood kids.
 yodasan_magoo wrote:
This is bad enough to make me long for Bob Dylan's singing.
 

Couldn't have said it better.
 MiracleDrug wrote:
okay maybe it's just me...

but doesn't Leonard sound like the DEVIL singing?

{#Devil_pimp}
 
no it's not just you...he can sound downright evil to me at times

Wow.  Hearing this from the other room, I thought it was Tom Waits at first.  Either way, a fine way to spend the next four minutes.  : )
Live version gets a 10.  For me, LC is the most distinguished poet/singer/song writer of my era.  Many, many others are very notable, but his lyrics and his now older, and better, voice simply put him over the top. Genius.

This is bad enough to make me long for Bob Dylan's singing.
okay maybe it's just me...

but doesn't Leonard sound like the DEVIL singing?

{#Devil_pimp}
Damn Bill....... you're playin' some good shit today {#Yes}

mark lanegan sometimes sounds a bit like leo. but not as full and warm. maybe in a few years...


A great album, start to finish.
 gjones wrote:
Deep
 


Yes, and soooo smooth...  love it...

 
Was pretty surprised to see this with such a high overall rating. Even my office assistant chimed in unsolicited to say, "this sounds strange but I like it." Afraid all I can muster is a 6. Still, thats 'pretty good' I think.
Deep
He does an elegant tone-poem recital of this (rewritten) on his new Live in London release.