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Hear Leonard Cohen’s Lovely New Single ‘Show Me the Place’

A first taste of January 31's 'Old Ideas'

David Marchese // November 22, 2011

Forget turkey and a short workweek, here’s something to be thankful for: a new Leonard Cohen song! In advance of Old Ideas, the gravel-voiced singer-songwriter’s first album of all-new material since 2004’s Dear Heather, comes the starkly lovely new single “Show Me the Place.”

Over bittersweet violin, stately piano, and back-up-singer coos, Cohen, 77, asks in a beautifully grave vocal performance, to be shown “the place where you want your slave to go.” A ghostly organ enters for a brief bridge, and the whole placid drama wraps up with the singer wanting to see “the place where the suffering began.” It’s not “Hallelujah,” but it’s not far off, and bodes well for the new disc, out January 31.