Thursday, June 1, 2017

630 – Leonard Cohen – Suzanne (1967)

Escrita por Leonard Cohen, foi gravada em New York City, nos estúdios da Columbia Records. Foi lançada no disco de estréia dele, Songs of Leonard Cohen, em 1967. Inicialmente foi lançada como poema em 1966 e quando se tornou canção ainda em 1966, foi gravada por Judy Collins. Pitchfork Media colcou-a como número 31 da maiores canções dos anos 60s.

Foi inspirado pelo amor platônico que Cohen sentia por Suzanne Verdal, a então namorada do escultor Armand Vaillanbcourt. Na letra, ele fala dos rituais que ocorreram quando eles se encontraram. Suzanne convidou-o pra visitá-la no apartamento dela perto do Velho Porto em Montréal, onde ela serviu chá e eles saíam pra andar no Velho Montréal, passando pela Igreja de Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, onde os marinheiros eram abençoados antes de irem pro mar.

Em uma entrevista a CBC News em 2006, Suzanne disse que ela nunca teve relações sexuais com Cohen, apensar de algumas interpretações da canção acharem. Cohen disse que apenas imaginou tendo relações com ela.

Ela disse que encontrou com Cohen duas vezes depois da canção ter sido lançada. Uma nos anos 70, após um show dele e outra nos anos 90, quando ela dançou pra ele num show, mas ele não falou com ela, ela acredita que porque não a reconheceu.

Foi regravada também por Nina Simone em 1969.

A letra:

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she's half crazy
But that's why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you've always been her lover
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you've touched her perfect body with your mind.
And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said "All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them"
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you'll trust him
For he's touched your perfect body with his mind.

Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she's touched your perfect body with her mind.

A versão de Leonard Cohen ao vivo em 1970 na Isle of Wight:


A versão de Leonard Cohen com Judy Collins em 1976:


A versão de Coldplay:

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