Avalanche (Leonard Cohen song)

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Song by Leonard Cohen
from the album Songs of Love and Hate
Released 1971
Genre Folk
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Leonard Cohen
Producer(s) Bob Johnston
Songs of Love and Hate track listing
"Last Year's Man"

"Avalanche" is a song by Leonard Cohen. It appears on his third album, Songs of Love and Hate , released in 1971.

Leonard Cohen Canadian poet and singer-songwriter

Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality and romantic relationships. Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. In 2011, Cohen received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.

The lyrics are based on a poem he had previously written. He acknowledged in a 1992 interview with Paul Zollo that his "chop", his unique pattern of playing classical guitar, is behind many of his early songs, and this one features Cohen's trademark fast, syncopated classical guitar pattern as the accompaniment on the recording of the song. [1]

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  1. Zollo, Paul (1997). "Interview with Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles, 1992". Songwriters on Songwriting (expanded edition). Da Capo Press. ISBN   0-306-80777-7.