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Leonard Cohen


“Deeper convictions of the heart”

Does he learn anything from writing them [his songs]? Does he work out ideas that way?

“I think you work out something. I wouldn’t call them ideas. I think ideas are what you want to get rid of. I don’t really like songs with ideas. They tend to become slogans. They tend to be on the right side of things: ecology or vegetarianism or antiwar. All these are wonderful ideas but I like to work on a song until those slogans, as wonderful as they are and as wholesome as the ideas they promote are, dissolve into deeper convictions of the heart. I never set out to write a didactic song. It’s just my experience. All I’ve got to put in a song is my own experience.”

From the interview “Leonard Cohen: 'All I've got to put in a song is my own experience'”

— 19 Jan 2012

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