In a year pock-marked by artistic loss, the passing of Leonard Cohen in 2016 particularly stung. With a body of work spanning 14 albums over the course of five decades, Cohen’s influence is boundless, his words and music embedding themselves in the DNA of not just music, but culture writ large. No stranger to tribute (his work has been covered Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, et al.), the following rendering is a recent favorite — British musician Michael Kiwanuka’s take on “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”. Lifted from Mojo magazine’s 2012 Cohen tribute, Kiwanuka eases confidently into the tune with with a voice that somehow conveys an effortless grace beyond his years.

Michael Kiwanuka :: Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye

Other artists lending their talents to the compilation include Bill Callahan, Cass McCombs, Will Oldham, Father John Misty and more.

Further Discussion: In the comments, would love to get a list going of some favorite Cohen covers . Leave a comment and/or a link to video, etc, below.

11 Responses to “Michael Kiwanuka :: Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye (Leonard Cohen)”

  1. Joe Cocker – Bird on a Wire
    Hamilton Camp – Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye
    Nina Simone – Suzanne
    Just Friends – Avalanche

  2. I’ve always loved Marissa Nadler’s take on “Famous Blue Raincoat”

  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_HaKXw7pWw

  4. Roberta Flack has done a couple: Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye on First take and Suzanne on Killing Me Softly. Johnny Cash did Bird on a Wire on his first American recording. And Nick Cave has done a ton of good Cohen covers, not the least of which is this version of Tower of Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duv1MxvXYck

  5. The Handsome Family’s version of Famous Blue Raincoat is pretty good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW3r4NlYRtI

    Lambchop also have recorded a version of Chelsea Hotel #2, it’s on the deluxe edition of OH (ohio), I believe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMnYoak_olA

  6. I had the privilege of recording Jerry Joseph and the jack Mormon locally a few months back-they ripped through “you want it darker”


  7. this is sublime. so is geoffrey oryema’s suzanne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUeMLMdfaaw

  8. Tim Hardin – Bird on a Wire
    Bill Callahan – So Long Marianne

  9. The Flying Lizards – Suzanne


    Julie Cruise – Everybody Knows


  10. Francoise Hardy – suzanne


  11. oooh and anohni’s “if it be your will”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MDlMdu2gjw

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