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Leonard Cohen pens emotional letter to his dying muse from 'So Long, Marianne'

Leonard Cohen pens emotional letter to his dying muse from 'So Long, Marianne'

Many consider Leonard Cohen's finest hour to be his iconic 60s album, 'Songs of Leonard Cohen'.

The album was inspired by Marianne Ihlen, the lady he loved and lived with for seven years during that decade, penning iconic pieces like 'So Long, Marianne'. Last month Ihlen was diagnosed with leukaemia, something that prompted Cohen to write the following letter.

“Well Marianne it's come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.

“And you know that I've always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don't need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road…”

Marianne Ihlen died on the 29th of July at the age of 81. Rest in peace.


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