Media Addio a Leonard Cohen

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Tra i cantanti-cantautori emersi tra gli anni Sessanta e l’inizio dei Settanta, Leonard Cohen figura certamente come una delle personalità più incisive, il cui segno sulla propria generazione – e quelle a venire – è pari forse soltanto a quello impresso da Bob Dylan.
La voce di basso, le tematiche trattate nei testi – amore e odio, l’esaltazione del sesso e la più cupa depressione, cui lo stesso Cohen fu soggetto per molti anni – lo identificano presto come l’artista più “dark” della sua epoca, anche se non si esime dall’affrontare i grandi e drammatici temi dell’esistenza con una buona dose di umorismo.
Esordiente come compositore per la cantante folk Judy Collins nel 1966, già l’anno seguente pubblica un album interpretato autonomamente, che però non ha il successo sperato essendo in controtendenza rispetto a temi e sentimenti del movimento hippie.
Saranno il secondo album – Songs from a Room, del 1969 – e soprattutto il terzo, Songs of Love and Hate del 1974, a sancire il successo mondiale di Cohen.
Tra i suoi brani più famosi, impossibile non nominare Hallelujah, reso celebre anche grazie a una serie di cover – delle quali la più famosa è stata realizzata da Jeff Buckley nel 1994, a 10 anni esatti dalla versione originale.

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Now maybe there’s a God above
As for me all I've ever learned from love
Is how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
But it's not a cry that you hear tonight
It's not some pilgrim who claims to have seen the light
No, it's a cold and it's a very broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Interlude
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Oh people I have been here before
I know this room; and I've walked this floor
You see I used to live alone before I knew you.
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
But this isn’t love, Love is not some kind of victory march
No, it's a cold and it's a very lonely Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below
But now, now you never even show it to me, do you?
Now remember when I moved in you
And The Holy Dove She was moving too
And every single breath that we drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
I’ve done my best, I know it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I learned to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come here just to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand right here before the Lord of Song
With nothing, nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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