Leonard Cohen, songwriter for songwriters, brilliant humble genius, the man who takes the shame out of our secrets, who shines a light into our human closets and gives us a chuckle over what otherwise might make us weep…, has a million lines that I adore, and “Everybody Knows” is full of them. This one feels especially apropos of this administration and the financial mess we’re in:
“…everybody knows the boat is leaking, everybody knows that the captain lied, everybody’s got this sinking feeling like their father or their dog just died…”
Rufus Wainwright, cheeky as ever, hams it up and nails it. If you want to skip to the song, skip to 1:50. But if you’re a fellow Cohen-lover, start at 0:00. I hope you enjoy!
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