Leonard Cohen: Chelsea Hotel Meaning
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 Aug 9th, 8:55pm report
LC said in live performances that this was a tribute to janis Jopplin who died of alcohol and drug overdose aged 27.'You got away' The lyrics refer to the nature of their relationship 'none of that I need you I don't need you and non of that jibing around' there is much humour and affection in the lyrics combined with sadness. The Chealsea hotel was much used by musicians and artists in the 60's.
anonymous Aug 13th, 2014 8:02am report
He sings "giving me head on an unmade bed" she is definitely down on him
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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