- Feist Releases Cover of Leonard Cohen's “Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye”
- Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter Leslie Feist, aka Feist covered Leonard Cohen's “Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye” at the Juno Awards in tribute to the Canadian legend. On November 3, she released an official recording of the song.
“Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye” was written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. Originally, American singer-songwriter Judy Collins released the song in November 1967. But Leonard Cohen issued his debut album "Songs of Leonard Cohen" including the song.
He wrote the song at the Penn Terminal Hotel on 34th Street in New York City in 1966. He wrote about the song, "The room is too hot. I can't open the windows. I am in the midst of a bitter quarrel with a blonde woman. The song is half-written in pencil but it protects us as we manoeuvre, each of us, for unconditional victory. I am in the wrong room. I am with the wrong woman."
Since then, the song has been covered by many artists like Roberta Flack, who released it in 1969.
Feist is set to take part in the upcoming Cohen memorial tribute held in Montreal on November 6. In addition to Feist, the tribute concert features Lana Del Rey, Philip Glass, Elvis Costello, Sting, k.d. lang and Cohen's son Adam Cohen.
- Adam Cohen previously said of the tribute concert in a statement;
"My father left me with a list of instructions before he passed: 'Put me in a pine box next to my mother and father. Have a small memorial for close friends and family in Los Angeles…and if you want a public event, do it in Montreal. I see this concert as a fulfillment of my duties to my father that we gather in Montreal to ring the bells that still can ring."
- source : Pitchfork