레너드 코헨이 실제로 5년 동안 캘리포니아의 Zen Monastery 명상센터 캘리포니아에 있는 절에서 명상을 했었다고 하여서 뒷이야기를 듣는 것 같아서 재밌게 들었는 기억이 있어요. 그런데 한 달도 안되어서 지금 이렇게 돌아가시다니... 참 허무하네요.
승려로도 활동하기도 했다고 아마도 그래서 9월에 낸 앨범이 인생, 신, 사랑이나 그런 토픽이 많은 것 같아요.
2016년 9월, 82세에 낸 그의 음반이나 라디오 방송에서 그의 음색이 82세라는 걸 믿을 수 없었어요. 제가 라디오 들을 때도 첫 부분을 못 들어서 이렇게나 나이가 들으셨는 줄 몰랐거든요. 타이틀곡이 상당히 우울한 음악이어서 홍차넷에 올릴까하다가 관두었거든요. You Want It Darker https://youtu.be/v0nmHymgM7Y
오늘 다시 위키도 보고 찾아보니 왜 마지막에 내신 음반이 우울했는지가 이해가되기도 했어요. 그의 인생을 보니 2005년 이후로 가장 친했던 친구이자 매니저 Kelley Lynch가 돈을 가로채고 배신을 해서 소송하고 난리도 아니었네요. 아마도 그래서 음악이 더 우울했는건지도 모르겠어요. 음악들이 모두 시처럼 쓰여있네요.
On the Level Leonard Cohen I knew that it was wrong I didn’t have a doubt I was dying to get back home And you were starting out I said I best be moving on You said, we have all day You smiled at me like I was young it Took my breath away Your crazy fragrance all around Your secrets all in view My lost, my lost was saying found My don’t was saying do Let’s keep it on the level When I walked away from you I turned my back on the devil Turned my back on the angel too They ought to give my heart a medal For letting go of you When I turned my back on the devil Turned my back on the angel too Now I’m living in this temple Where they tell you what to do I’m old and I’ve had to settle On a different point of view I was fighting with temptation But I didn’t want to win
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Everybody Knows Leonard Cohen Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That's how it goes Everybody knows Everybody knows that the boat is leaking Everybody knows that the captain lied Everybody got this broken feeling Like their father or their dog just died Everybody talking to their pockets Everybody wants a box of chocolates And a long-stem rose Everybody knows Everybody knows that you love me baby Everybody knows that you really do Everybody knows that you've been faithful Ah, give or take a night or two Everybody knows you've been discreet But there were so many people you just had to meet Without your…
마지막 곡은 Treaty 라는 곡인데요. 아마 그와 그의 매니저 사이의 싸움을 이야기하는 듯한....신에게 호소하는 듯 슬픈 절망이 가득한 노래네요. 묘하게 저한테는 Treaty 라는 노래가 끌리네요.
Treaty Leonard Cohen I've seen you change the water into wine I've seen you change it back to water too I sit at your table every night I try but I just don’t get high with you I wish there was a treaty we could sign I do not care who takes this bloody hill I’m angry and I’m tired all the time I wish there was a treaty I wish there was a treaty Between your love and mine They’re dancing in the street, it’s Jubilee We sold ourselves for love but now we’re free I’m sorry for the ghost I made you be Only one of us was real and that was me I haven’t said a word since you’ve been gone That any liar couldn’t say as well I just can’t believe the static coming on You were my ground, my safe and sound You were my aerial The fields are crying out, it’s Jubilee We sold ourselves for love but now we’re free I’m sorry for the ghost I made you be Only one of us was real and that was me I heard the snake was baffled by his sin He shed his scales to find the snake within But born again is born without a skin The poison enters into everything And I wish there was a treaty we could sign I do not care who takes this bloody hill I’m angry and I’m tired all the time I wish there was a treaty I wish there was a treaty Between your love and mine