I remember you well at the Chelsea Hotel
Talking so brave and so sweet
Giving me head on the unmade bed
As the limousines wait in the streets
Those were the reasons and that was New York
We were running for the money and the flesh
And that was called love for the workers in song
Probably still is for those of them left

Then you got away, didn't you babe
Always turning your back on the crowd
You got away, I never once heard you say
I need you, I don't need you
I need you, I don't need you
And all of that jiving around

I remember you well at the Chelsea Hotel
You were famous, your heart was a legend
You told me again, you preferred handsome men
But for me you would make an exception
And then clenching your fist for the ones like us
Who are oppressed by the figures of beauty
You fixed yourself and you said, "Well never mind,
we are ugly but we have the music"

Then you got away, didn't you babe
Always turning your back on the crowd
You got away, I never once heard you say
I need you, I don't need you
I need you, I don't need you
And all of that jiving around

I don't mean to suggest that I loved you the best
I can't keep track of each fallen robin
I remember you well at the Chelsea Hotel
That's all, I don't even think of you that often


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Chelsea Hotel #2 (Leonard Cohen cover) song meanings
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    General CommentJosh's interpretation of this song is incredible. I feel like the emphasis he puts on different words gives it a different meaning from the Cohen version. For those that don't know, Leonard Cohen wrote this song about his relationship with Janis Joplin.

    My favorite part? "You were famous, and your heart was a legend." I love the pauses Josh puts in!
    SkylinePigeonon June 05, 2008   Link

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