Suzanne (3:49)

Cover of Songs of Leonard Cohen

From Songs of Leonard Cohen and 144 other releases

“Suzanne” is a song written by Canadian poet and musician Leonard Cohen. Its lyrics first appeared as the poem “Suzanne Takes You Down” in Cohen’s 1966 book of poetry Parasites of Heaven, admittedly because of lack of new material (lyrics to a few other songs from his subsequent 1967 debut album were also printed in the book). The song was recorded by Judy Collins the same year, and by Noel Harrison and Cohen himself in 1967. It is the most-covered song in Cohen’s catalogue (though “Hallelujah” has seen a surge of recordings in recent years.)

The song forms the theme for the final scene of Cohen’s short movie I am a Hotel released in 1983.
The band R.E.M. give Cohen joint credit for their song Hope (on their 1998 album Up), in light of the similarity between the two songs. R.E.M. describe themselves as realising that similarity only after completing the song.
In 2006, Pitchfork Media listed the song #41 on their list of ‘The Top Songs of the 1960s’.


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Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she's half crazy

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  • Pellkoppf

    ♣ ☆ ★ ღ ♫ ღ ★ ☆ ♣

    8 Sep 3:09pm Reply
  • bohemian_chic

    ღ ღ ღ ღ

    15 Jun 4:45pm Reply
  • KullatNuSimmah

    Certainly this must be one of the most tender tunes ever. Heavenly.

    13 Jun 4:55am Reply
  • PlzDontBan

    there are children in the morning, they are leaning out for love and they will lean that way forever

    3 May 10:41pm Reply
  • demo-crassy

    only drowning men can see him, how true that is... Splendid lyrics

    2 May 10:34pm Reply
  • njokmo413

    It's a transformative moment when you hear Leonard Cohen for the first time. [2] I haven't gotten around to exploring his other songs but this song is so perfect in many ways

    4 Apr 8:55am Reply
  • AlterJohn

    Ein Traum von Musik !

    17 Mar 6:44pm Reply
  • ReginaldBarclay


    16 Mar 1:23pm Reply
  • hein-duck-dich

    11 Mar 9:04am Reply
  • redmosquito1975

    Exist an italian version of this song by F.De Andre'

    26 Feb 2:34pm Reply
  • hectorlopezt

    Es un placer escuchar su poesía y sobre todo con su voz, es simplemente genial

    18 Feb 4:35am Reply
  • eins-zwei-3

    leider nicht das Original..!!

    11 Jan 6:32pm Reply
  • fanvonoldies

    ein super Künstler einfach klasse

    10 Dec 2013 Reply

    One of the most perfect meldings of simple melody and inspired lyrics. She shows you where to look among the garbage and the flowers.......for me, that says it all.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tomrud73

    I like his voice.

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • WLDB

    Hypnotic. It isnt my favourite of his but somehow it became my most played LC song on

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • laurabadoo

    Saw him live at the BIC on Monday 26th August 2013!! Think I was the youngest person there and enjoyed it so much! He is an absolute legend and genius! Fantastic! Thank you dad for introducing me to this awesome man!! Xxx

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • kiteo

    It's a transformative moment when you hear Leonard Cohen for the first time.

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Kjetsaa

    Maravillosa y muy dolorosa.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • nomoresongs

    Everybpdy's got a right to their opinion, but SayNo2NWO, let me try to convince you otherwise: like Dylan, who also attracts this criticism from purists, Leonard Cohen's great vocal gift is his incredible phrasing, which is paramount in the way he sings this song but also important in so many other of his songs. His voice is heard at its best on the album Death Of A Ladies' Man, where Phil Spector produced him like a rock and roll star manque. And if you'd ever seen him perform Diamonds In The Mine live where he belts it out like Bruce Springsteen, you might change your mind, too!

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
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