Psychic Terrorism

First We Take Manhattan, Then We Take Berlin.

There is something eerily phrophetic about this song, written by Leonard Cohen over thirty years ago.

“I was also taken aback by the lyrics,” (Cohen’s associate and the song’s producer) Roscoe Beck added. “They scared me. The singer’s character seemed mentally unstable, and I wondered what the song was about. Leonard says it’s someone who’s an outsider, demented and menacing. I had an eerie feeling about it.”


Stevie Ray Vaughn borrowed one of Beck’s Stratocasters and recorded it with Jennifer Warnes in 1987, its recording and release debut. Cohen, Joe Cocker and others would subsequently record and release the song.


The lyrics are chilling. (See here.) (Watch Jennifer’s rendition here.)


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