Leonard Cohen’s Elegy For Janis Joplin – Chelsea Hotel #1


I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel 
You were talking so brave and so free 
Giving me head on the unmade bed 
While the limousines wait in the street 
And those were the reasons and that was New York 
I was running for the money and the flesh 
That was called love for the workers in song 
It still is for those of us left. 
But you got away, didn’t you, baby? 
You just threw it all to the crowd 
You got away, they can’t pay you now 
For making your sweet little song 
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel, 
In the winter of 67 
My friends of that year they were all trying to go queer 
And me I was just getting even 
And those were the reasons and that was New York 
I was running for the money and the flesh 
That was called love for the workers in song 
It still is for those of us left 
But you got away, didn’t you, baby? 
You just threw it all to the crowd 
You got away, they can’t pay you now 
For making your sweet little song

6 responses to “Leonard Cohen’s Elegy For Janis Joplin – Chelsea Hotel #1

  1. Wonderful song, words… so moving – singing so powerful, thanks again George

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    • In an interview he was apologetic for being indiscreet regarding his relationship with Janis, and I believe he did feel that way, regarding this song…But then, the song is about so much more that their personal life, at the time. I like what he sais She said “We’re ugly but we’ve got the music”. It always strikes a chord in me, becoming an witness to such gigantic affirmations, because they sure got the music! Leonard truly felt the Janis’s loss as young woman and as one of the biggest voice ever! Thanks for you feedback Valerie, there is more to come…

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  2. Cu multa placere am ascultat, Leonard Cohen, sunteti un mare fan.
    Aici la dumneavoastra gasesc articole despre oamenii importanti ai acestei lumi, despre care nici nu am auzit! Va multumesc mult pentru toate postarile dumneavoastra atat de interesante.
    O seara minunata va doresc, domnule George! 🙂

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  3. I was on the boardwalk with friends (obviously YEARS ago), and Janis Joplin walked by. My friend called out to her, and she turned and waved. 🙂 Always remember that moment of “intersecting lives”.

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    • That is so nice of you to share here: I never met Janis, but I always like her music: What a marvelous memento to her young life Leonard Cohen created! Thank you so much for affirming your presence here by sharing such a treasured moment with us!

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