A Facebook post

Posted: November 24, 2019

This is what I posted. But I’ve added here the song in question.

The posthumous album from Leonard Cohen – Thanks For The Dance – is beautiful. His son Adam deserves a lot of praise for making these songs work. Some are truly songs Leonard never got time to finish, others are remnants or poems given musical backgrounds. But it all works. The only thing I would say is missing is acknowledgment of the fact that the song The Night Of Santiago does not describe a sexual encounter of Leonard’s, it is clearly inspired by (if not a true translation of) La Casada Infiel by Federico García Lorca – the poet who so inspired Cohen he named his daughter Lorca. The clue is in the line about putting his pistol aside. I don’t think Leonard was the type to go armed to a romantic rendezvous! Although we cannot be sure of that. The final work is clearly 100% Cohen (“Behind a fine embroidery her nipples rose like bread”) but it might have been nice to recognize the inspiration. Leonard, in his day, could lay claim to enough sexual encounters without claiming this one as his own – which, I’m sure, he never meant to do. (Now, my own song that predates this one, Santiago Rain, is another story.)

Santiago Rain ©2013 Dave Tutin / openDmusic