(This is part of a long series about sad songs and how they are nature’s onions.)
Leonard Cohen-”Everybody Knows”
No one does sad songs quite like Leonard Cohen. He’s also one of those guys who, like Bob Dylan, gets covered more than the pancakes at IHOP. Some people say he can’t sing. I’m not one of those people. I appreciate the emotive notes in his voice, even if he can’t really hit any musical notes. “Everybody Knows” is a song about resignation. No matter how much you cry and complain, you won’t change anyone’s mind. Because “Everybody Knows” already. It’s a very pessimistic world view, but it’s also a brilliant song.
And, with one of the trillion cover versions, Concrete Blonde: