So Long, Leonard Cohen

I don’t have the words to express how influential he has been to me and countless others. I am, for once, at a loss for words. Instead, I’d urge you to watch this and see what a uniquely fascinating and talented visionary poet this great man was.

Ladies and Gentlemen…Mr Leonard Cohen:

Leonard Cohen spoke the truth like no other. This song continues to be relevant and speaks to our current experience.

“Everybody Knows”
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded 

Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed 

Everybody knows that the war is over 

Everybody knows the good guys lost 

Everybody knows the fight was fixed 

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich 

That’s how it goes 

Everybody knows 

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking 

Everybody knows that the captain lied 

Everybody got this broken feeling 

Like their father or their dog just died 
Everybody talking to their pockets 

Everybody wants a box of chocolates 

And a long stem rose 

Everybody knows 
Everybody knows that you love me baby 

Everybody knows that you really do 

Everybody knows that you’ve been faithful 

Ah give or take a night or two 

Everybody knows you’ve been discreet 

But there were so many people you just had to meet 

Without your clothes 

And everybody knows 
Everybody knows, everybody knows 

That’s how it goes 

Everybody knows 
Everybody knows, everybody knows 

That’s how it goes 

Everybody knows 
And everybody knows that it’s now or never

Everybody knows that it’s me or you 

And everybody knows that you live forever 

Ah when you’ve done a line or two 

Everybody knows the deal is rotten 

Old Black Joe’s still pickin’ cotton 

For your ribbons and bows 

And everybody knows 
And everybody knows that the Plague is coming 

Everybody knows that it’s moving fast 

Everybody knows that the naked man and woman 

Are just a shining artifact of the past 

Everybody knows the scene is dead 

But there’s gonna be a meter on your bed 

That will disclose 

What everybody knows 
And everybody knows that you’re in trouble

Everybody knows what you’ve been through 

From the bloody cross on top of Calvary 

To the beach of Malibu 

Everybody knows it’s coming apart 

Take one last look at this Sacred Heart 

Before it blows 

And everybody knows 
Everybody knows, everybody knows 

That’s how it goes 

Everybody knows 
Oh everybody knows, everybody knows 

That’s how it goes 

Everybody knows 
Everybody knows

Obituary from The Guardian:


About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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