And she feeds you tea and orange that comes all the way from China (Leonard Cohen)

Vi fikar tillsammans och jag postar om låtar som har att göra med bakverk/bröd, te/kaffe eller bagerier/caféer. Att nämna bakning i sig går också fint. Lägg gärna till dina egna fikafavoriter på den gemensamma spellistan här

Leonard Cohen – ”Suzanne” (1967)

Det här är en ikonisk Cohen-låt. Cohen skrev låten men det var Judy Collins som spelade in den först.

Det finns en verklighetsbakgrund, låten handlar om Suzanne Vaillancourt.
Leonard berättar själv (i en intervju för BBC 1994):

”I bumped into her one evening, and she invited me down to her place near the river. She had a loft, at a time when lofts were… the word wasn’t used. She had a space in a warehouse down there, and she invited me down, and I went with her, and she served me Constant Comment tea, which has little bits of oranges in it. And the boats were going by, and I touched her perfect body with my mind, because there was no other opportunity.”

Suzanne har långt senare berättat (The Guardian 2008):

”By 1965 I had separated from Armand and was living with our little girl. Leonard would come over and I would serve him jasmine tea with mandarin oranges, and light a candle. It sounds like a seance, but obviously Leonard retained those images, too. I was living in a crooked house, so old with mahogany and stained glass. I loved the smell of the river and the freight trains and boats. Out of my window was total romance.”

Deras möte har uppenbarligen satt djupa spår hos båda.

”Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever
And you know that she’s half-crazy but that’s why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her that you have no love to give her
Then he gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer that you’ve always been her lover”


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