Bill Callahan Covers Leonard Cohen’s ‘So Long, Marianne’

The March issue of British music mag MOJO comes with a covers CD entitled The Songs of Leonard Cohen, in which modern troubadours offer their takes on several of Cohen’s legendary songs. There are cuts from Cass McCombs, Field Music, Father John Misty, and more — via Stereogum, you can listen to Bill Callahan’s straightforward version of "So Long, Marianne," one of the best tracks Cohen ever put to record.

Callahan sounds as grizzled as Cohen does at age 77, rather than the pleading, lung-intact man who originally recorded "So Long, Marianne" in 1967. It’s almost more honest: here are feelings, here is music, here is how they fall together. You can pick up the March issue of MOJO fairly soon; Cohen’s new album, Old Ideas, is out now.

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