Cover Hieararchy of Suzanne

The “cover hieararchy” of Suzanne, by Leonard Cohen. Wow. Almost rivals for obsessive completeness, but less soul-crushing in presentation.

Suzanne was recorded twice before Leonard Cohen released his version of it? Apparently Judy Collins in particular recorded several of Cohen’s songs before he considered singing them himself.

“I can’t do it, I can’t go back.” He smiled his handsome smile. He looked about ten years old. His mouth drew down at the sides, he started to untangle himself from his guitar strap. I stopped him, touching him on the shoulder.

“But you will,” I said. He shook himself and drew his body up and put his shoulders back, smiled again, and walked back onto the stage. He finished Suzanne, and the audience went wild. He has been giving concerts ever since.

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