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Leonard Cohen — I'm Your Man
Album: Cohen Live
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Released: 1997
Length: 5:21
Plays (last 30 days): 1
If you want a lover
I'll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I'll wear a mask for you
If you want a partner, take my hand, or
If you want to strike me down in anger
Here I stand
I'm your man

If you want a boxer
I will step into the ring for you
And if you want a doctor
I'll examine every inch of you
If you want a driver, climb inside
Or if you want to take me for a ride
You know you can
I'm your man

Ah, the moon's too bright
The chain's too tight
The beast won't go to sleep
I've been running through
These promises to you
That I made and I could not keep

Ah, but a man never got a woman back
Not by begging on his knees
Or I'd crawl to you baby
And I'd fall at your feet
And I'd howl at your beauty
Like a dog in heat
And I'd claw at your heart
And I'd tear at your sheet
I'd say please, please
I'm your man

And if you've got to sleep a moment on the road
I will steer for you
And if you want to work the street alone
I'll disappear for you
If you want a father for your child
Or only want to walk with me a while
Across the sand
I'm your man

If you want a lover
I'll do anything that you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I'll wear a mask for you
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I like poetry and cabaret music but I think this is bullshit.  "Work the street."  He wrote this in 1997.  Foreigner is more authentic.  Not that I did compare Foreigner to Leonard Cohen, but I do, now that I hear this song now.
"I'll wear another mask for you..."

Funny.
I saw him in concert, almost two years prior to the day he died. I only knew him peripherally, and had thought his sound was somewhat depressing. But the moment he skipped out on stage, with the audience leaping to an instantaneous standing ovation, I knew I was in for something special. He didn't disappoint. It was the most heartfelt, timeless, beautiful concert... like a dream. The band was classy, soulful, a combination of sounds including big band, Klezmer, R&B backup singers, flamenco guitar, and all with poetry from a menschy sage who showed love to his audience that soothed and enlightened. I only wish there would have been more. He left too soon. 
Went up to 9 because it is Leonard fucking cohen
where was this guy when I was younger?
 DanielHLloyd wrote:
His voice always sounds like the voice of profundity to me. Like everything he sings is pure truth in a big metaphor I am supposed to figure out. Awesome. 
 
curios minds wonder alike
Enough to render me down to a puddle of gooey bliss...
 mario_1954 wrote:
bellissima peccato l'ho conosciuto negli ultimi 2 - anni davvero peccato! 
 
c'è molto da studiare, i suoi testi sono scritti come poesia
 DanielHLloyd wrote:
His voice always sounds like the voice of profundity to me. Like everything he sings is pure truth in a big metaphor I am supposed to figure out. Awesome. 
 
Somehow I keep hearing Leon Redbone when he sings.
caspita come passa il tempo già 4 anni che è morto! allora l'ho ascoltato 80-10 anni fa. è eterna la sua musica poesia pura.
 Well,,,,At the very least,, he is open to wearing a mask,,,,,,,,,
bellissima peccato l'ho conosciuto negli ultimi 2 - anni davvero peccato! 
 BCarn wrote:

Do a little reading and listening on him. Quite intriguing. And his mono tone grows on you.  Watch the memorial concert for him. He had quite an influence on many many artistes and people alike.
 
As if.
Silly, arrogant and condescending suggestions.
I like him but some don't, for obvious reasons.
 Grayson wrote:
If there was ever a more creepy horndog on the planet, I can't think of who it might be. At the moment. Gross. ASTS. 
 
Hey, LC is your man, show some love.
 ckcotton wrote:
I just don’t get the appeal. Boring monotone
 
Do a little reading and listening on him. Quite intriguing. And his mono tone grows on you.  Watch the memorial concert for him. He had quite an influence on many many artistes and people alike.
The departures from the listed song lyrics are quite interesting, he even added a whole 'nother verse!
I just don’t get the appeal. Boring monotone
 Grayson wrote:
If there was ever a more creepy horndog on the planet, I can't think of who it might be. At the moment. Gross. ASTS. 
 
Who is the creepy horndog you speak of - clearly not the DEARLY DEPARTED Leonard Cohen, may he rest in peace...…
I'm bumping my 7 to an 8 - my wife liked it which is ALWAYS worth at least a +1. 

Long Live RP!!
If there was ever a more creepy horndog on the planet, I can't think of who it might be. At the moment. Gross. ASTS. 

Welllllll... I think we have put LC too high on a pedestal.

I like some of his stuff, but not most of it...

He was a is a great poet, I'll give him that!

Canada's Bob Dylan....

I'm Your Man Spam
But there are no letters in the mailbox!

There are no grapes upon the vine.

There are no chocolates in your boxes anymore. 

And there are no diamonds in your mine. 

 Decoy wrote:
RIP Mr Dreamy voice. I want to lay down in a bed with your voice as the sheets. 

 

 
I'll be in my bunk. {#Hearteyes}
What a man 
 Decoy wrote:
RIP Mr Dreamy voice. I want to lay down in a bed with your voice as the sheets. 

 

 
Please stop.
 DanielHLloyd wrote:
His voice always sounds like the voice of profundity to me. Like everything he sings is pure truth in a big metaphor I am supposed to figure out. Awesome. 

 
I love this comment, thank you for that
 DanielHLloyd wrote:
His voice always sounds like the voice of profundity to me. Like everything he sings is pure truth in a big metaphor I am supposed to figure out. Awesome. 

 
Exactly!

 I agree with your agreement.

It's a bittersweet thing now when BillG plays the Leo duo back to back.  RIP to both Leon Russell and Leonard Cohen. 

EdEastridge wrote:

Quite apt to agree with Laz here. Still in shock over the abattoir that 2016 managed to become. RIP, Leonard.


Lazarus wrote:


 


His voice always sounds like the voice of profundity to me. Like everything he sings is pure truth in a big metaphor I am supposed to figure out. Awesome. 
Quite apt to agree with Laz here. Still in shock over the abattoir that 2016 managed to become. RIP, Leonard.


Lazarus wrote:

Go Leonard Go!!!{#Clap}
The Golden Voice.......oh that voice!!!!
— Cool"!!"!!

 
mach-hog wrote:
For the last 40 years of my life, since being introduced to Leonard Cohen's work in high school I have been so entertained. The poetry, the songs, the novel, the sadness, the desire and the spirit in his work combined with the wry humour and occasional joyful carnality... what an amazingly talented human being. A mensch. 

{#Meditate}

 


For the last 40 years of my life, since being introduced to Leonard Cohen's work in high school I have been so entertained. The poetry, the songs, the novel, the sadness, the desire and the spirit in his work combined with the wry humour and occasional joyful carnality... what an amazingly talented human being. A mensch. 

{#Meditate}


big stud romeotuma wrote:
 andreicio wrote:
What do you mean by rare? You only gave maximum ratings on RP. And 3682 10's isn't exactly avoiding it, either.

No no no no no no no...  there are many many many many songs I do not bother rating at all, because I only have room for 10's...  Radio Paradise plays tons of tens...  this is one of them...
 
Everybody in my elevators loves this song...  we be dancing like happy hippies...  love Radio Paradise...
Is that an elementary recorder I am hearing?
"Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine. And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road."

—Leonard Cohen's goodbye letter to Marianne Ihlen as she was dying from cancer
Loved his work, from the early days until the latest. Very grateful that he shared his life and work with us to the end. RIP Leonard Cohen..
RIP, Mr Cohen.  2016 has been hungry for our best and brightest musicians. What a year...the Cubs win the World Series, Donald Trump's the next US President...
One of a kind.    RIP   You will be missed but we have your music for an eternity. 
RIP, Lenny
Committed to his art to the end.  RIP LC.
RIP Leonard
RIP Mr Dreamy voice. I want to lay down in a bed with your voice as the sheets. 

 
RIP Leonard.  :-(
Bill, can you play Jazz Police? No one ever plays the fun stuff and I feel like people who don't know his stuff well might be getting the impression he was a miserable sod.
Mr. Cohen, you will be missed... 
 raenvald wrote:
I've been travelling with Leonard since the early 70's (Montreal daze), and have fallen headlong into his poetry and his spare, clean, powerful compositions. I have surrendered and revelled in his sensual and intellectual depths, so humble, vulnerable, truth seeking, integral.

If you were never moved by his raw honesty, his humanity and lovingness, or indeed that big flat resonant voice of his, or if you have never managed to see him perform live—he is magnificent live—and why haven't you after the monumental tour he has been on these past 10+ years, then perhaps (perhaps) your rude and dismissive comments are understandable. They remain ignorant (literally), but understandable, in a certain light.

 
Empathise completely with your heartfelt praise of a magnificent poet and performer. Can understand that not everyone connects with his music indeed it took me time to appreciate his exceptional lyrics and musicality. What's sad though is the need of some of his detractors to criticise and seek the solidarity of like-minded mud slingers to secure mutual assuramce that they are not somehow flawed for being unable to connect with an artist rather than just moving on and respecting those with a different view.
This song is used throughout the movie 'Barney's Version'.  Has anyone seen it?
 Typesbad wrote:

I’ve been reading the complaints below about (insert accomplished artist's name here) singing.  Besides being an old complaint I find it ironic considering the point of view of this particular song.  A scared young man, a kid really, tentatively doing what he thinks he has to do, which quickly turns out very badly.  I think (said artist's) voice couldn’t be more perfect for it. 

Some voices are just beautiful; smooth as warm chocolate pudding and they are a thing to behold.  Others impress us with range or skilled technique.  And then there are the voices that simply have a character of their own.  They often have an everyman (or woman) quality that remind us that the emotions expressed therein are felt by and can come from any of us.  I treasure such voices.

  
On_The_Beach wrote:

Even though this excellent post was just bumped, I'm gonna bump it again, because it so perfectly articulates my own feeling on the subject. Since when does one have to sound like Josh Groban to be considered a great singer? This is rock & roll, people. It's all about emotion and feel, not who has the prettiest voice. This goes for Dylan, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and all the other greats who are constantly being dumped on here.
Thank you, Typesbad!

'Nuff said.

I've been travelling with Leonard since the early 70's (Montreal daze), and have fallen headlong into his poetry and his spare, clean, powerful compositions. I have surrendered and revelled in his sensual and intellectual depths, so humble, vulnerable, truth seeking, integral.

If you were never moved by his raw honesty, his humanity and lovingness, or indeed that big flat resonant voice of his, or if you have never managed to see him perform live—he is magnificent live—and why haven't you after the monumental tour he has been on these past 10+ years, then perhaps (perhaps) your rude and dismissive comments are understandable. They remain ignorant (literally), but understandable, in a certain light.
pretty decent karaoke perf
Is he wearing that famous blue raincoat? 
OK buddy. Closin time. Finish up that last round and go home now, if ya have a home that is
Oh words words words.
He'd be nothing without female backup vocals.
He does seem to attract the ladies, though. The old coot. 
He's like a parody of himself.
 Floyd62 wrote:
I guess I am sick of Leonard Cohen.  

 
Yup. He should let other people do his songs and stay on the bench.
poet.... lyricist ...
expressing universal feelings/thoughts
presentation .. as only Cohen can...

Thank you ... Thank you Radio Paradise....

 
I guess I am sick of Leonard Cohen.  
He can do better
 
Beautiful poem
This is used very poignantly in the Roger Ebert movie, "Life Itself."
 
I like that Leonard Cohen is weird and all, but he's way overrated.
I've been listening to a lot of RP and must miss LC all the times folks say he gets played.  I sure wish I had heard this one.
I've only really gotten into Leonard the last 6 years. Although his sound can get repetitive as someone said, I find his music, lyrics, & even that voice to be most rich in an aged wine sort of way.  I'm a newbie to RP, and like most things wonderful & new, I'm addicted. The diversity & flow are unmatched as far as I've found.
He could tear at my sheet!!! Love it .. Thanks Bill
Fromage of the day!
Self-immolation is the only solution for this song.  Where are my matches?{#Fire}
SUPER SUCKO!
Like singing with a Voice box...
Some weird comments below..  this song is so smooth and sweet to me..
dedicated to my DOCTOR  Ms. W. Leonared, for saving my life and my sence of humor.....{#Sunny} por vida con softices
Terrible. Did he just get a free Casio keyboard?
 
Must admit to to not liking him until I heard his new album on RP, could not believe how much he had improved with age. Saw him live at the O2 in London a couple of weeks ago, consummate profession, for a man of his age! Over three and a half hours on stage bouncing around at 79!
Man, Leonard Cohen stinks.{#Sick}
My anthem.
 MsJudi wrote:
He really needs to stick to writing and composing and letting someone else sing his otherwise brilliant music.

I disagree...on the recent tour, anyway.  His voice was, imo, wonderful on his most recent live album cd/dvd. 

He really needs to stick to writing and composing and letting someone else sing his otherwise brilliant music.
Every time I heard this song, I think about the loser that I was fool enough to give shelter and love, and it makes me want to puke.


oh no not another johnny cash er i mean leonard cohen song to wade thru
atleast they've got background singers going wooo aaah 
This is perfect!
I would very much like to visit a concert bij LC: will he ever come to Europe anymore?
I'm your fan
Magic!
Stops me in my tracks when i hear this tune.{#Notworthy}{#Notworthy}
 ch83575 wrote:
I am so sick of this dude.  Sure, this song has only been played twice in the last 30 days, but lets add up all the times any leonard cohen song has been played.  This is a valid mathematical summation, since all leonard cohen songs sound exactly the same.  The total # of plays is WAY to high in my opinon.
 
It's why artists record...to get played...how often they are is a signal about how well they did...you don't like it? PSD, mate...The Great Canadian Bullfrog will still be playing long after you can't type anymore. 
Cohen, Amos, Waits... Overplayed here on a daily basis....Aaaarrrrrrgggggg.....
His "voice" has improved over the years and I now love him even more!  His last tour was outstanding.  I saw him in Liverpool (UK) and you could have heard a pin drop when he was talking in between songs.  The sound system was one of the best in terms of clarity in a big arena that I have ever heard.  The concert was fun - and this really comes across on the DVD - "Live in London" he is a very amusing guy believe it or not! Sharon Robinson, one of his song writing  "collaborators" was also superb as a backing singer and soloist.  Her only album is great for late night listening.  Her co backing singers, The Webb sisters, are two English sisters who are also terrific in their own right.  The musicians that he picked are of the highest quality which all helped to add up to one of the greatest concerts/gigs of my long music loving life! {#Notworthy}
I am so sick of this dude.  Sure, this song has only been played twice in the last 30 days, but lets add up all the times any leonard cohen song has been played.  This is a valid mathematical summation, since all leonard cohen songs sound exactly the same.  The total # of plays is WAY to high in my opinon.
He is the MAN

When I only see this guy..., leave alone hearing him!

Enough RP for me today!


 fredriley wrote:

The songwriting. He's in the same league as Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, great songwriters and street poets with voices that are, to put it gently, an 'acquired taste'. Next time this comes on, hit mute and find the song lyrics and see if they grab you. Cohen's not the greatest singer on this earth, but I've come to like his gravelly near-subsonic voice thanks to repeated exposure by RP.
 
Jennifer Warnes' "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "Tower of Song, The songs of Leonard Cohen" a Cohen "tribute" album, both have some really accessable vocals doing his music, if you'd like a rest from the Great Canadian Bullfrog :) 
 fredriley wrote:

The songwriting. He's in the same league as Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, great songwriters and street poets with voices that are, to put it gently, an 'acquired taste'. Next time this comes on, hit mute and find the song lyrics and see if they grab you. Cohen's not the greatest singer on this earth, but I've come to like his gravelly near-subsonic voice thanks to repeated exposure by RP.
 

Well said, Fred. I wholeheartedly concur.
{#Notworthy}
  
Is Mr Cohen collecting any royalty checks from the makers of the old Leisure Suit Larry video game? This is right out of that soundtrack.
 deepwoodskev wrote:
Again, I don't understand the appeal of this guy and why he's played so much on RP. What the hell am I missing?
 
The songwriting. He's in the same league as Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, great songwriters and street poets with voices that are, to put it gently, an 'acquired taste'. Next time this comes on, hit mute and find the song lyrics and see if they grab you. Cohen's not the greatest singer on this earth, but I've come to like his gravelly near-subsonic voice thanks to repeated exposure by RP.
{#Clap} 

ThePoose wrote:
Yeah, you don't like them, you love them.

 
hippiechick wrote:
This song reminds me of someone I don't like very much
 
 


 If you keep ratimng songs like this a 10 i will rate them a 0. kinda keeps things equal. Just rate it correctly not just to up it's value....sigh!!!!
andreicio wrote:

What do you mean by rare? You only gave maximum ratings on RP. And 3682 10's isn't exactly avoiding it, either.

 


Very annoying...
I think I like listening to Leonard Cohen about as much as someone scratching a chalkboard with their fingernails.

 
Another old fart sounding like an old fart
Yeah, you don't like them, you love them.

 
hippiechick wrote:
This song reminds me of someone I don't like very much
 


Again, I don't understand the appeal of this guy and why he's played so much on RP. What the hell am I missing?
An Acquired Taste!!  you guys can keep Neil Young & Van Morrison to yourselves — Leonard is MY MAN!  {#Cheers}
Not my fav song of him!
 MojoJojo wrote:
The first few listens - it was kinda cool.  Then it was so-so.  Now its mute.  Does not hold up well for me after numerous listens.  Good for you if you're still into it.
 
It can't end soon enough for me, I'm falling asleep.
I don't like this...and that's ok.
 romeotuma wrote:
<...>

I ranked this song one of my rare 10's long ago...

 
What do you mean by rare? You only gave maximum ratings on RP. And 3682 10's isn't exactly avoiding it, either.

Great song, great artist, great album!
Cohen,sings only to the stars !  {#Roflol}....{#Rolleyes}..{#Nyah}
This song reminds me of someone I don't like very much
 jadewahoo wrote:
Cohen sings to the Soul...
 
I totally agree.  First time I ever heard Cohen actually sing was in the movie "Pump Up the Volume." Then I learned that some of my favorite songs by other artists were actually Leonard Cohen's songs.  Now, I'm a/an LC junkie. Him and Tom Waits.  Thanks, RP.  I'll never listen to A.M. or F.M. radio again.

Looks like someone found the "saxophone" sound on their keyboard.
Only Leonard Cohen can end a song with a clarinet solo and have it be cool.
{#Clap} 
          {#Arrowd}   ...so tired of : this is blocked in your country due to copyright grounds..

 mike-jj wrote:
Saw Cohen around the date of the Album release and was captivated; he had everybody in the audience on their feet several times during the performance. Saw him again a couple of years ago and he still has the magic!   

'I'm your man'  maybe speaks more to the mature members of the audience but, even those less mature should appreciate that  he is the most covered artist of his time.

Thanks RP for all the good memories you evoke and the new sounds you open. 

 


"Covered" most likely because everyone thinks they can record a better version of his music
The Steely Dan cut before this song has not helped my opinion of Mr. Cohen. What is that, a child's casio playing in the background? 4 > 2
Ooh! Leonard Cohen's on! Let's dance!
Saw Cohen around the date of the Album release and was captivated; he had everybody in the audience on their feet several times during the performance. Saw him again a couple of years ago and he still has the magic!   

'I'm your man'  maybe speaks more to the mature members of the audience but, even those less mature should appreciate that  he is the most covered artist of his time.

Thanks RP for all the good memories you evoke and the new sounds you open. 

This song brings up painful memories.
 handwaver wrote:
Great poet..... As far as listening, great music to slit your wrists by
 
HA HA HA HA! Big smile on face face laughing at that comment. I would agree it applies to some of his songs.

None better than Leonard for singing Leonard, sez I. Unextinguishable.

The second 'old groaner' and he's made a very good living at it, too.
Chosing simpatico musicians really helps, tho'.