Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan

The meanings of this song are disputed, that it is about terrorism, consumerism, singer Joni Mitchell, a despotic future world government… Maybe it is just another song about musicians going on the road touring, from Manhattan then Berlin.

Given that Cohen is an established author and poet, the assumption is to make much more of every lyric than we can know to be truly contained in its words. In politics we certainly scrutinize every sound bite for hidden meanings.


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