The beauty of Leonard Cohen, often, is that his words create such a landscape for the listener it takes on personal meaning, possibly even different from what they meant to him. I miss this troubadour but am grateful he leaves us with his creations.
“First We Take Manhattan” for me is a song of triumph and defiance of the powers that be. It speaks to finding ones strength and being a champion. Now, that being said, it also comes to mind in our current political climate. We are dealing with a narcissist at best but a thin-skinned con who now feel triumphant over everyone he ever felt slighted him. For example:
” Ah you loved me as a loser, but now you’re worried that I just might win
You know the way to stop me, but you don’t have the discipline
How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.”
Peace to Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016). And peace to you, too. Enjoy your Sunday. I hope Leonard provided a few minutes of pleasure.