dissabte, 17 de maig de 2014

#MinutsMusicals del 1974 amb "Chelsea Hotel #2" de Leonard Cohen


L'any 1974 el poeta i cantant canadenc Leonard Cohen va publicar el seu quart disc d'estudi, "New Skin for the Old Ceremony", precisament el primer disc de Leonard Cohen que em vaig comprar, en format de disc compacte (CD) uns vint anys després... ara fa uns vint anys!

El disc conté cançons que són una meravella, com "Leaving Green Sleeves", "Lover Lover Lover", "Who By Fire", i sí, naturalment, "Chelsea Hotel #2".

La cançó relata la trobada de Cohen amb Janis Joplin en una habitació del Chelsea Hotel de Nova York; no m'interessa, però, furgar en la crònica rosa d'aquesta trobada, de la que al seu dia Cohen va lamentar haver revelat que rere la dona de la cançó hi havia Janis Joplin; tampoc m'interessa destacar de la cançó el passatge més tòrrid dels primers versos...

El que m'interessa de la cançó és, més enllà  de la seva totalitat, el paràgraf on ell li diu:

Et recordo clarament al Chelsea Hotel
eres famosa, el teu cor era una llegenda.
Em vas dir de nou que preferies homes guapos
però que per a mi faries una excepció.

Com diu la cançó, sempre tindrem la música!

Gaudiu-la!



Chelsea Hotel #2

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
you were talking so brave and so sweet,
giving me head on the unmade bed,
while the limousines wait in the street.

Those were the reasons and that was New York,
we were running for the money and the flesh.
And that was called love for the workers in song
probably still is for those of them left.

Ah but you got away, didn't you babe,
you just turned your back on the crowd,
you got away, I never once heard you say,
I need you, I don't need you,
I need you, I don't need you
and all of that jiving around.

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
you were famous, your heart was a legend.
You told me again you preferred handsome men
but for me you would make an exception.

And clenching your fist for the ones like us
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty,
you fixed yourself, you said, "Well never mind,
we are ugly but we have the music."

And then you got away, didn't you babe...
I don't mean to suggest that I loved you the best,
I can't keep track of each fallen robin.
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
that's all, I don't even think of you that often.

Leonard Cohen

I així sona la cançó en directe per un Leonard Cohen més contemporani... i interpretada per Lana del Rey!