Field Commander Cohen (1979-)
|Read the original lyrics of the song|
reported by Harry Rasky in his book
"The Song of Leonard Cohen-Portrait of a poet, a friendship and a film"
I don't quite remember the genesis of that
song, except that "Field Commander Cohen" is an ironic
description, although I always loved the Army. And my father had intended
to send me to the Kingston Military Academy actually. And if he'd have
lived, I would probably have been in the Canadian Army. "Field
Commander" in a sense, I think that grew from touring, in the sense
that when you're on tour, it is that kind of leadership, rather than any
executive leadership, because you are on the field, and it is moment to
moment decisions. And you do have a group of men and women to keep
together under sometimes strenuous circumstances.