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"Chelsea Hotel" is an intimate eulogy. Cohen bids farewell to "fallen robin" Janis Joplin. The tone is somewhat ironic (in the way of "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and the lyrics suggest a shared vulnerability. It's a haunting melody, and the language is explicit: ".

The song is not maudlin or sentimental. There is no reference to Joplin's death (heroin overdose) per se, rather, the lyric imbues a measure of strength and self-affirmation rather than the despair her… read more

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    You told me again you preferred handsome men but for me you would make an exception. And clenching your fist for the ones like us who are oppressed by the figures of beauty, you fixed yourself, you said, "Well never mind, we are ugly but we have the music."
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    We are ugly, but we have the music.
  • Avatar for lanadelrey06
    "I need you, I don't need you..." This song is so fucking beautiful.
  • Avatar for tibetandra13
    "Giving me head on the unmade bed" is one of the best rhyming lines in all music [2]
  • Avatar for WLDB
    "Giving me head on the unmade bed" is one of the best rhyming lines in all music
  • Avatar for winterdaughter
    "Well, never mind. We are ugly but we have the music."
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    .....und alles wird gut!
  • Avatar for Arnoxp
    I remember forever : I NEED YOU
  • Avatar for MorphineDust
    Ahhh but you got away... didn't you babe... :'(
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    <3

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