Leonard Cohen: Chelsea Hotel Meaning
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Chelsea Hotel Lyrics
you were talking so brave and so sweet,
giving me head on the unmade bed,
while the limousines wait in the street.
Those were the reasons and that was New York,
we were running for the...
anonymous Jan 24th, 2011 1:54am report
Chelsea Hotel is a commentary on Cohen's affair with and sentimentality over Janis Joplin. They both stayed at the famed Chelsea Hotel when in New York as many artists and Musicians did. Cohen acknowledges this in the "sleeve notes" of his Greatest Hits album. Sheepishly telling off the affair Cohen said, "She wouldn't mind", he declares, "but my mother would be appalled".
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