Bryan Charendoff

Leonard Cohen’s songs are really poetry set to music. Cohen wrote this song when staying at the Penn Terminal Hotel on 34th Street in New York City in 1966. He wrote: “The room is too hot. I can’t open the windows. I am in the midst of a bitter quarrel with a blonde woman. The song is half-written in pencil but it protects us as we manoeuvre, each of us, for unconditional victory. I am in the wrong room. I am with the wrong woman.” This is “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”.

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