Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) had been a music inspiration of my youth. I discovered his songs as a student and was immediately captivated by his unique style, “dark” sound, baritone raw voice and beautiful lyrics.

I really did not care then about the harmony (chords) or the instruments used. I only cared about the way his songs made me feel and how I could spend hours listening the same song again and again…

I still can not think about Leonard Cohen without humming his beautiful song, “So long Marrianne”…

…Now so long, Marianne, It’s time that we began
to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again…

SO LONG MARIANNE
Leonard Cohen

  A Bm
Come over to the window, my little darling
D A
I’d like to try to read your palm
  G D
I used to think I was some sort of gypsy boy
F#m E Esus4 E E7
before I let you take me       home
  A F#m
Now so long, Marianne, It’s time that we began
  E Esus4 E E7 E Esus4 E E7 A Asus4
to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again
  A Bm
Well you know that I love to live with you
D A
but you make me forget so very much
  G D
I forget to pray for the angels
  F#m E Esus4 E E7
and then the angels forget to pray for us      

Chorus

  A Bm
We met when we were almost young
D A
deep in the green lilac park
G D
You held on to me like I was a crucifix
F#m E Esus4 E E7
as we went kneeling through the dark      

Chorus

  A Bm
Your letters they all say that you’re beside me now
D A
then why do I feel so alo ne
G D
I’m standing on a ledge and your fine spider web
  F#m E Esus4 E E7
is fastening my ankle to a stone        

Chorus

  A Bm
For now I need your hidden love
D A
I’m cold as a new razor blade
G D
You left when I told you I was curious
F#m E Esus4 E E7
I never said that I was brave        

Chorus

  A Bm
Oh, you are really such a pretty one
D A
I see you’ve gone and changed your name again
G D
And just when I climbed this whole mountainside
  F#m E Esus4 E E7
to wash my eyelids in the rain        

Chorus

Leonard Cohen mandolin