Song of the Day, September 21: Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen

Today’s song is Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen. Starting his career as a poet and novelist, Cohen moved into the folk music world in the late 60s. A brilliant writer, his songs have been covered by hundreds of artists. His own recording career has been somewhat sporadic. Starting with stripped down folk albums, he has moved on to more elaborate production on later albums. At the core, however, are his clear, wry observations and wonderful imagery. Everybody Knows is one of his most enduring songs, coming from his 1988 album I’m Your Man. It is Cohen and his most delightfully mordant. It opens with a bang

Everybody knows the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost

and gets bleaker from there. But, as Cohen observes in every chorus

That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Celebrate the enduring talent of this amazing singer and songwriter while wishing him a happy 77th birthday today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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