Bill Callahan :: So long, Marianne (Leonard Cohen)

Bill Callahan’s dark country & western croon takes on “So long, Marianne,” the opening track off side two of  Leonard Cohen’s 1968 debut, Songs of Leonard Cohen. Slowing things down, Callahan and co. eschew the original’s violin and backing female vocals and in their stead add weeping pedal-steel and a dose of Texas heartache. The cover is lifted from Mojo magazine’s recent Cohen tribute (The Songs Of Leonard Cohen Covered) on newsstands now. Other artists lending their talents include Cass McCombs, Will Oldham, Michael Kiwanuka, Father John Misty and more.

MP3: Bill Callahan :: So long, Marianne (Leonard Cohen)

16 thoughts on “Bill Callahan :: So long, Marianne (Leonard Cohen)

  1. I didn’t think much of this cover at first, but now I’m head over heels for it. Bill’s Kath Bloom cover (“The Breeze/My Baby Cries”) is still tops. Can’t wait to hear his upcoming take on a Mickey Newbury tune or two.

  2. The great pop star Brian Hyland also covered this Cohen tune quite nicely. Worth searching for.

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