Harrison, who recently saw Leonard Cohen performing live (I am green with envy, by the way), reminds me of the best known doom song:
Sounds pertinent, including the following:
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Don’t tell your leftist neighbor.
Leonard Cohen entertained the IDF during the Yom Kippur War and is rumored to be pro-life based on the lyric from “Dance Me To The End of Love”:
Dance me to the children waiting to be born
DH found another pro-life reference in “The Future”:
Destroy another fetus now
We don’t like children anyhow.
Cohen is not, and had never been, overtly political. He channels moods of people around him, and even if his lyrics are informed by current events, they somehow transcend them. That’s how I like my art. I find it ever more telling that a bohemian like Cohen, even a practicing Jewish-Buddhist bohemian, sees a fetus as a child.
After the 2012 election, people talk of supporting like-minded individuals. Wherever Cohen stands politically (and if he stands anywhere when it comes to politics), there is nothing in his songs that makes me hold my nose. He is a great artist, arguably the best lyricist of the baby-boom generation. Not hard to achieve, but seriously, he is a great lyricist. The older I get, the more I like him.
UPDATE: Harrison points out that Cohen was born in 1934, and DH found another abortion reference in Diamonds in the Mine:
Ah, there is no comfort in the covens of the witch,
some very clever doctor went and sterilized the bitch,
and the only man of energy, yes the revolution’s pride,
he trained a hundred women just to kill an unborn child.