The song has been covered by Beck, Noel Harrison, John Cale with Suzanne Vega, Straitjacket Fits, Brian Hyland, James, Bill Callahan, Russian Red, Courtney Barnett, and others, including Cohen's own son, Adam Cohen. Adam Cohen and The Webb Sisters performed the song at the 2017 Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen concert. Ok Dark Red clearly this is a deep and dark song, like pretty much all of his songs!!! What does Leonard Cohen's song So Long, Marianne mean? But, maybe too simple. "Marianne and Leonard: Interview with Marianne Ihlen by Kari Hesthamar, Norway, 2005". See you down the road. He was about to start getting over her, but then she got married, so he was unable to clean his mind of her. The two hit it off, and Cohen ultimately took her from Hydra back to her home in Oslo, Norway. [4][5] Cohen wrote to her shortly before her death, saying: "I’m just a little behind you, close enough to take your hand. The subject of one of the most beautiful love songs of all time, Marianne Ihlen proves to be more than a muse to Axel and Leonard; … About “So Long, Marianne” Marianne is Marianne Ihlen, ex-wife of the Norwegian author Axel Jensen, who was a friend of Leonard. "To wash my eyelids in the rain"... Hm. We have the answer. In 1984 it became a hit in the Dutch Top 40 sung by José Hoebee, ex-singer of Luv' and TV host Ron Brandsteder. Lyrics submitted by He does need it for rhyme, that's for sure. Leonard Cohen died three months later, on November 7, 2016, in his sleep, following a fall. Pitchfork Media placed it at number 190 on their list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s." What does So Long, Marianne mean? I almost entirely agree with Your interpretation. Traduction So Long Marianne - Léonard Cohen. Leonard Cohen: So Long, Marianne Meaning. [2] The two lived together throughout the 1960s, commuting between New York, Montreal, and Hydra. His song lyrics seem like an appropriate requiem: “Oh, so long, Marianne/It’s time that we began to laugh/And cry and cry and laugh about it all again.” The song was inspired by Marianne Jensen, born Marianne Ihlen, whom Cohen met on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960. It was featured on his debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen. I love this interpretation. It’s super easy, we promise! It could mean that he is crying so he now the rain washes his tears. Come over to the window, my little darling, I'd like to try to read your palm. Marianne Ihlen and Leonard Cohen both died of cancer in 2016, Ihlen in July and Cohen in November. A photo of her appears on the back cover of his second album, Songs from a Room. Marianne Ihlen died in hospital in Oslo on July 28, 2016, aged 81. For the 1989 compilation album, see, Learn how and when to remove this template message, Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen, "So Long Marianne – A Love Story by Kari Hesthamar". Octavio Lopes, "Marianne Ihlen (1935-2016)". I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy before I … "[6] He died three months later, on November 7. [8], This article is about the song. Non-lyrical content copyright 1999-2020 SongMeanings, Javascript must be enabled for the correct page display, Come over to the window, my little darling, Corrina, love the interpretation. Log in now to tell us what you think this song means. He later invited her and her son to live with him in Montreal, an offer which she accepted. This is the saddest and most beautiful comment I have seen on here. It could be that it rain gives him strenght to live so he stands there letting the raindrops fall on his face and help him live without Marianne, or remembers him about Marianne. and then when he meets her, it is the first time that he is actually capable of feeling to a certain extent, and wants to go "home" with her) Chorus: so long marianne, its time that we began To … Hosimosi, edited by JohnnyLurg, traumermusing, "So Long, Marianne" as written by Leonard Cohen. [...] Safe travels old friend. "So Long, Marianne" is a song written by Canadian poet and musician Leonard Cohen. This verse is a bit enigmatic to me as well.. "So Long, Marianne" is a song written by Canadian poet and musician Leonard Cohen. [...] I’ve never forgotten your love and your beauty. Pourquoi ne viens-tu à la fenêtre, ma belle? Love and gratitude. I give some merit to your comments - see my posting below - but suggest it wise not to generalize too broadly or conclusively about people dealing with depression, and I always find the 'they' word a bit stigmatizing when referring to people with an illness. When Cohen learned that she was sick, he wrote her a letter that read: Well Marianne it's come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. He almost washed himself free, when he heard about her marriage. It was featured on his debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen. But you know that. Don’t have an account? So long, Marianne ... /A / /Bm / / Come over to the window, my little darling, D /D /A / I'd like to try to read your palm. Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. Minus a couple of points, this is how I see this song:), I agree with both of you! Song Released: 1971 So Long, Marianne Lyrics. Marianne Ilhen died two days later, on July 29, 2016. [7] Courtney Barnett performed the song in her 2019 MTV Unplugged performance. He was 82. Cohen dedicated his third volume of poetry, Flowers for Hitler, to her, and she directly inspired many of his other songs and poems. Tanya Dalziell, Paul Genoni, "Mythmaking, social media and the truth about Leonard Cohen’s last letter to Marianne Ihlen", "Watch Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen on Wednesday, January 3 on CBC", "Courtney Barnett's Unplugged Leonard Cohen Cover is an Understated Gem", "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 46, 2016)", Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique, Spanishcharts.com – Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne", Swisscharts.com – Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne", Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, Judy Collins Sings Leonard Cohen: Democracy, Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=So_Long,_Marianne&oldid=984969307, All Wikipedia articles written in Canadian English, Articles needing additional references from April 2009, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 23 October 2020, at 05:09. And I think the song walks hand-in-hand with Hotter. Tagged: No tags, suggest one. Depressed people are incapable of showing their feelings, at times they are even incapable of feeling love, emotions, sadness, or joy, but they need love more than anything else, because they have none left inside themselves. Complemented by previously unpublished poems, letters, and photographs, So Long, Marianne is an intimate, honest account of Marianne’s life story — from her youth in Oslo, her romance with Axel, to her life in an international artists’ colony on Hydra in the 1960s, and beyond. I think that the last lines are meant to symbolize clearing one's thoughts. G / /D / I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy, F#m / /E Esus4/ before I let you take me home. [2] She had recently been left by her husband,[3] the Norwegian writer Axel Jensen, leaving her and their six-month-old son alone on the island. .Well , Climbing the mountainside, refers to the struggle he must have gone through before coming to accept that she is not his to love anymore.and to wash eyelids in the rain perhaps mean how he has'nt really gotten over her.But is pretending that he is, so that She, who now shares the name of another, may atleast come laugh about the past with him, and bestow him with her presence.hence, He is hiding those tears in the harsh rain that pours down on him after having climbed these mountains( which refers to realizing that he will never hold her again). Login | Create Account. Pitchfork Media placed it at number 190 on their list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s."[1]. "And just when I climbed this whole mountainside, to wash my eyelids in the rain!"

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