So Long Marianne

Leonard Cohen, one of my favourites.


Leonard Cohen sent a touching final letter to his dying muse Marianne Ihlen, the subject of his song So Long Marianne.Ihlen, who was also the inspiration behind Cohen’s later song Bird on the Wire, died in Norway on July 29 at the age of 81.

Cohen met Ihlen – then Jensen – in Hydra, Greece in the 1960s. They became lovers, staying together for a decade.LC2Her close friend Jan Christian Mollestad told Canada’s CBC radio that he had contacted Cohen, 81, to tell him Ihlen was dying of leukaemia and had only a few days to live.

He recalled: “It took only two hours and in came this beautiful letter from Leonard to Marianne. “We brought this letter in to her the next day and she was fully conscious and she was so happy that he had already written something for her.”

Mollestad, a documentary filmmaker, read…

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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5 Responses to So Long Marianne

  1. inesephoto says:

    Brought tears to my eyes.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. joannesisco says:

    Me too. I cried.

    Liked by 1 person

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