Saturday, 15 November 2008

Leonard Cohen - Joan of Arc

I saw her wince, I saw her cry,

I saw the glory in her eye.

Myself I long for love and light,

but must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?

with Jennifer Warnes

I have linked these two videos because, apart from being a great song, they are interesting in that one is a younger and the other an older Cohen. Interesting, because although it is the same song with the same performer the style is slightly different - apart from the more husky older voice the delivery of the younger Cohen sounds more like a reading of a poem or dirge set to music (which is probably what, essentially, it is) while the older Cohen sounds more seductive.