Chelsea Hotel # 2 - Leonard Cohen (1974)
No one writes about love, lust and loss like Field Commander Cohen, although that may be because no one has loved, lusted or lost like he has. This tale's power comes from how every word of it is true. It is a retelling of Leonard's affair with Janis Joplin. It is beautiful, coarse, cruel, kind and devastatingly heartbreaking. It is the penultimate song from the penultimate singer/songwriter. If you haven't explored every inch of his first seven albums, I suggest you do it now.
I'll be here when you get back.
Covers abound, but no one truly gets Leonard like Rufus.
Rufus Wainwright - Chelsea Hotel No.2
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