Bill Callahan covers Leonard Cohen’s, ‘So Long, Marianne’

Bill Callahan

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I’m a huge fan of ex-Smog frontman Bill Callahan’s music, so I was really excited to hear this cover he did of Leonard Cohen’s song, So Long, Marianne. I was listening to the song in bed last night after my buddy Justin from Aquarium Drunkard posted it. There’s something really special about Bill’s version, which I guess is a departure from the original. Justin says:

Slowing things down, Callahan and co. eschew the original’s violin and backing female vocals and in their stead add weeping pedal-steel and a dose of Texas heartache.

I couldn’t have said it better. I’m looking forward to listening to this on repeat this weekend.

4 Comments Bill Callahan covers Leonard Cohen’s, ‘So Long, Marianne’

  1. Austin February 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    This song is beautiful, I love his voice. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Christine February 24, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    This is terrific. I’m a bit addicted now. So thanks for that. No, really, thanks.

  3. SCM February 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    incredible. It’s like I’ve been waiting for this.

  4. Alison February 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Very lovely. Callahan’s voice fits this song so well.

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