9 Must-Have Cohen Classics

As icon heads out on tour, one man gives you 9 songs you must get on your iPod
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2008 6:46 PM CDT
Leonard Cohen hits the road this summer for his first tour in 15 years.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – "Adored by about a million fans and misunderstood by nearly everyone else," Leonard Cohen is set for his first tour in 15 years. So what better time to load up on "nine Cohen songs no self-respecting iPod should be without," writes Tim de Lisle in More Intelligent Life:

  • Suzanne: "Cohen announces himself with an educated folk song" in 1967.
  • Bird on the Wire: "A magical tune about the human condition."

  • Chelsea Hotel No. 2: "A stylish kiss-and-tell about a fling with Janis Joplin."
  • Hallelujah: "Erudite threnody has become Cohen's best-loved song."
  • Everybody Knows: In which "a tinkly synthesizer serves up jealousy with style."
  • Tower of Song: "A defining moment as Cohen contemplates his own craft."
  • Take a Waltz: "Another sparkling lyric, with added melodrama."
  • Democracy: "A prophecy of doom set to a cheery march."
  • Alexandra Leaving: "Stately ballad, adapted from the poet Cavafy."